Congratulations! You have made it more than halfway through the semester! In a fall that has included a pandemic, remote learning, wildfires, air quality-related campus shutdowns, economic challenges, and intense political animosity, making it this far is an accomplishment. Your efforts and your success need to be recognized and celebrated.
I want to reach out today with three messages –
We are here for you! In know that many of you are in the midst of mid-term exams and papers. In our virtual learning space, it can sometimes feel like you are isolated and alone. Please know that you have faculty, staff, and colleagues throughout this college who care deeply about your success and are here to provide support. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Your professors, the advisors in our student success center, the staff and chair in your department, and our team in the dean’s office want to hear from you.
We want you to share your experiences! We want to know what is working for you. Understanding your experiences helps us to grow and strengthen our work as a college. Share your ideas, successes, and appreciations using virtual sticky notes on our college Jamboard. Read the posts of others to get ideas for finding balance, managing stress, and accessing resources.
Vote! Election day is coming up on November 3. Monday, October 19 is the last day to register. If you are eligible to vote, please, please register and vote this year. In addition to the presidential election, there are congressional, state, and local elected positions on the ballot as well as multiple ballot propositions that can have a direct impact on your life. For more information on how to register and where to vote, please visit vote.org. Your voice matters and voting is critical to determining our future.
I’ll close with gratitude. I am so grateful to be a part of the Lurie College family. The dedication and generosity of our students provides daily inspiration and hope. Thank you for choosing to be part of our community and for all of the care, creativity, and commitment that you bring to each of your assignments and interactions.
In recent months, we’ve witnessed a significant amount of advocacy around social justice issues such as addressing racial injustice and systemic racism, greater access to healthcare, home and food insecurity, wealth inequality and unemployment, climate change, and more. With that in mind, Lurie College is organizing a Student Social Justice Short Film Festival to amplify the voices of middle school, high school, community college, and university students around what social justice issues are significant to them. Learn more and submit your 1-3 minute film by Monday, October 26, at sjsu.edu/education/film-festival
Join a panel of SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty, staff, and students on Friday, October 23, at 2pm to gather insights, resources, and support around being both an SJSU student and a parent of one or more children in elementary school. Topics for the panel are likely to include:
Social-emotional and mental health
Networking with student-parents
Navigating the elementary school system
Balancing studenting and parenting
To RSVP and get access to the Zoom link for this panel, complete the brief Google form below.
Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices. In this episode, Anne leads a dialogue with Gabi, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into cultures of power in the classroom.
The call to action for this episode: Take some time to invest in your own cultural responsiveness – utilize the resources below as a starting point!
Join the SJSU Lurie College National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) on Fri., Oct. 23, at 12pm for a film discussion of I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America. To participate in the discussion, watch the film in advance at sjsu.kanopy.com and email NSSLHA at firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the Zoom link.
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the sixth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, Let’s Have The Conversation, they dive into approaching sensitive topics with students through the book Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice.
While we at the Lurie College of Education are saddened that we are unable to have an in-person commencement ceremony during the Fall 2020 semester as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we also realize the importance of continuing to follow our current public health orders for the health and safety of our families, our communities, and society as a whole. Despite these constraints, we still want to celebrate with all of our Lurie College graduates this semester to recognize their accomplishments and perseverance, even if we must do so in a virtual environment.
Plans are underway for a live, virtual Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration on Friday, December 18, at 4pm and we will send out an email invitation with more detailed information to our graduates, faculty, and staff in the near future. Graduating students can still apply to become the graduation speaker by submitting a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form. To nominate a Lurie College faculty member who you’d like to speak at the graduation celebration, please email email@example.com with the name of the faculty member and a 1-2 sentence description of why you are nominating them by Sunday, October 18.
At the SJSU LurieCollege of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service. While this has been a challenging and tumultuous year, our annual report shines a light on the numerous ways that we’ve embodied these principles and the many reasons for gratitude, pride, and hope in the work of our LurieCollege students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read the 2019-2020 annual report.
Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices. In this episode, Leslye leads a dialogue with Anne, Gabi, Jackie, and Vinson as they dive deeper into the topic of California’s Proposition 16 and the implications of universities and government offices ability to factor in someone’s race, gender or ethnicity in making hiring, spending and admissions decisions.
The call to action for this episode: Research and discuss the upcoming California propositions so you can make a well-informed decision on election day, which is Tuesday, November 3, 2020! Eligible California voters can register to vote by Monday, October 19, at sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration
This year, the conference will take place online on Fri., Nov. 6th, and Sat., Nov. 7th. The conference features two days of professional development addressing the conditions of the new environment of learning and teaching by curating sessions with a strong focus on integrated learning, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching through the arts while continuing to feature standards-based workshops in the arts and arts integration. In the true spirit of the arts, our workshops continue to exemplify creativity, excellence, and cultural inclusivity.
Lurie College of Education faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi will conduct training sessions for SJSU faculty, administrators, and staff around LGBTQ+ support and inclusion at SJSU. In preparation for that training, they are seeking current SJSU students who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in their research about their experiences on campus and in class, as well as their suggestions for how SJSU could be improved. All the data they collect will be confidential, and your name will not be associated with any of your responses. Your responses may be shared with members of our campus community, including professors, staff, and administrators in the College of Education and across campus, but no identifying information will be included. To share your input with Dr. Marx and Dr. Choi, please complete this brief Google form. If you’re taking this survey on a mobile device, please turn it sideways [landscape mode] so that you can see all response options.
Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices. In this episode, Gabi leads a dialogue with Anne, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into the topic of ethnic studies and how the implementation of ethnic studies in education is empowering, engaging, and beneficial for all students.
The call to action for this episode: Reflect on and discuss a time from your K-12 experience where you learned a view of history that you later learned was untrue or didn’t portray the full story!
Video description: Lurie College student Giselle Arellano – BA, Child and Adolescent Development, speaks at our Spring 2020 ceremony.
Lurie College wants to select a graduating student to represent and speak on behalf of the Lurie College community at the Fall 2020 ceremony. The date and time for the ceremony are still to be determined, but it will tentatively take place online on Friday, December 18, at 4pm. In order to be eligible to apply to become the student speaker, you must also be eligible to graduate. Your speech can take any number of approaches, but should be original and should resonate with the event attendees, which will be made up of Lurie College students of different academic levels and disciplines, SJSU and Lurie College faculty and staff, and family and friends of all ages and backgrounds.
To apply, submit a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form. More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fifth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, The Power of Names, they discuss the books The Name Jar and Alma and How She Got Her Name.
Lurie College has a limited amount of grant funds available to support its students who have experienced an unforeseen financial hardship that will prevent them from continuing their enrollment at Lurie College and SJSU. Awards are processed fall and spring semesters only, but advisors are available year-round. If you are a currently-enrolled Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, or doctoral student who has experienced this type of hardship, please complete this brief Google form so that a Lurie College advisor can contact you.
Discover SJSU is a new digital platform that highlights helpful campus resources and upcoming opportunities for SJSU students! For regular updates, connect with the @discoversjsu Instagram account, connect with the @discoversjsu Twitter account, and visit sjsu.edu/discover. If you share SJSU resources or opportunities through your organizations on Instagram or Twitter, please tag / mention @discoversjsu and use #DiscoverSJSU so they can reshare relevant content.
My name is Karina Chavez. I am a current SJSU student pursuing my Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. My career objective is to contribute to a broader understanding that helps bridge inequities in our society by contributing to research that focuses on community well being.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways. It is important to focus on how Latinx students at San Jose State University are being affected. This study aims to better understand the stressors experienced by Latinx college students during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, the academic challenges, and how students cope.
Your participation involves a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey inquires about your experiences during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place. To thank you for participating, you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. The likelihood of winning a gift card is approximately 60%. Complete the survey at sjsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wu9DWcU0JGR2TP
During the Spring 2020 transition to remote teaching and learning, we asked a handful of our Lurie College students to share their insights on learning as they relate to our priority areas – community-engaged, culturally sustaining, interdisciplinary, and holistic. Learn more about Kattia Martinez, a current graduate student in our Department of Counselor Education. In this video, Lorenzo highlights how his educational experience at the Lurie College of Education has been culturally sustaining and community engaging.
Watch all of the student features and view some additional course features from our Lurie College Learning Showcase at sjsu.edu/education/showcase
Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video edited by Sydney Ahmadian.
Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices. In the first episode, you can learn more about our student co-hosts through their name stories:
Anne Lockmiller – Counselor Education
Gabi Gupta – Sociology
Jackie Lopez Rivas – Child & Adolescent Development
Leslye Tinson – Ed.D. Leadership Program
Vinson Vu – Business and Child & Adolescent Development
They also share a preview of some of the topics they plan to discuss in more detail later this semester and begin a dialogue regarding the implementation of ethnic studies at the California State University and K-12 levels. A few additional resources they mention include:
Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Friday, September 25, from 3-4pm to share insights about your Fall 2020 semester experiences thus far! The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.
Meet the Lurie College National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)! This SJSU chapter is for students who are interested in the study of speech language pathology or audiology and is active in creating and attending professional development opportunities, community service, and more. Their first Fall 2020 meeting will take place on Monday, September 21, at 12pm – learn more by connecting with them on Instagram @sjsunsslhschapter, emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting their webpage sjsu.edu/cds/student-resources/nsslha
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fourth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, The Beginning of Conversations Around Race in the Classroom, they discuss books such as Not Quite Snow White and Let’s Talk About Race and discuss critical questions such as:
The California Educational Research Association (CERA) will hold its annual conference virtually from November 17-19, 2020. The conference is focused on educational equity and the ways in which data and assessments can drive change. On Tuesday, November 17, there will be a graduate student pre-conference session from 10 am to 12 pm PST that explores a range of important topics for researchers amidst the current social climate with ongoing calls for anti-racist reform.
Speaking at the graduate student pre-conference session will be Dr. Leigh Patel, Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, Dr. David Tackas, and Dr. Daniela DiGiacomo. Dr. Leigh Patel, an Associate Dean and professor in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, will be sharing about decoloniality and research. Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, an education expert and former Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, will be presenting on how to leverage research to impact policy. Dr. David Takacs, a professor of law at University of California Hastings and an international environmental consultant, will be sharing about bias in research. Dr. Daniela DiGiacomo, a professor and learning scientist in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, will be presenting on approaches for community-based research. Learn more and register ($75) on the CERA Conference webpage.
As part of a collaborative project focusing on the intersections between dual immersion programs and students with disabilities, we are able to offer a student research assistant position. This position is funded for 60 hours of work through the fall and spring 2020-2021 academic year. In compliance with university policy, this position will pay $16/hr. This opportunity will provide you with experience working directly with faculty investigating issues surrounding dual immersion programs and special education, where you will be responsible for helping create a database of research participants, collecting data. While we will be recruiting multiple student volunteers, we also anticipate the person hired for this position to lead activities with other student volunteers.
Benefit to you: Exposure to research, and mentorship plus interdisciplinary experience. It is our desire that the candidate will be enriched and their abilities in conducting research will be expanded. The person selected for this position will have the opportunity to play an active role in the planning and implementation of this research.
Interest in education, social justice and equity issues.
Strong interpersonal communication skills through multiple communication methods (e.g., phone, email).
Familiar with educational institutions (districts, schools, levels of district management/organization).
Data-base management on excel.
Organization and time management skills.
Able to communicate in two or more languages and demonstrate the ability to communicate interculturally.
Have taken/are taking a research methods course.
If you are interested in participating in this project:
Submit this Google Form by Wednesday, September 23, that includes:
A list of references (2-3 references, including one faculty/staff member at SJSU)
A cover letter that describes your interest in participating in this project.