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 and 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.
Get connected to helpful online resources as we prepare for the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester! Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:
- Connect with Lurie College webpage – Connect with our Instagram accounts – @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess – connect with our faculty members’ Twitter accounts and Spotify playlists, view our upcoming events, and much more!
- Lurie College Student Success Center webpage – Connect with our academic advisors, attend an upcoming workshop, and more!
- Discover SJSU website – Learn about helpful resources and upcoming opportunities across SJSU and connect with @discoversjsu on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!
- SJSU Sammy mobile app – Chat with students, connect with student organizations, learn about upcoming events, and more!
- SJSU Learn Anywhere website – Learn how to use SJSU’s online platforms, read FAQs, and more!
- SJSU Events webpage – Learn about upcoming events from SJSU’s colleges, campus centers, student organizations, and more!
- SJSU Blogs directory – Access all of the blogs across SJSU, including the Lurie College blog!
Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni, who was recently the featured speaker at the California Council on Teacher Education’s (CCTE) Critical Collaborations webinar!
Our SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration took place on Friday, December 18 – watch the recording from the live event above!
- 14:35 – Video acknowledgment of Spring 2020 Lurie College graduates (alphabetized by last name) and remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro
- 26:30 – Remarks from Lurie College Graduation Celebration Speaker, Jacqueline Lopez Rivas (BA, Child & Adolescent Development)
- 36:14 – Slideshow of collages submitted by graduates (alphabetized by last name)
SJSU has also created a website to recognize all of the Spring 2020 graduates for the entire university. Visit the recognition webpage for Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 graduates.
Shoutout to Special Education Department faculty Saili Kulkarni, who recently shined a spotlight on the importance of pronouncing names correctly! Read the opinion piece on Ms. Magazine at bit.ly/3r2wNWO
While the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact so many facets of society over the duration of 2020, that’s not stopping the Lurie College of Education at San José State University from organizing a live graduation celebration to recognize our more than 200 Fall 2020 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!
This year has presented our students, our college, and our communities with one challenge and hardship after another, from prioritizing our health and safety while simultaneously addressing educational inequities in response to COVID-19; to responding to acts of racial injustice and uprooting systemic racism; to surviving wildfires and dangerous air quality levels; and to navigating through a tumultuous election cycle. Despite all of these challenges and hardships, I have been proud to witness our students, faculty, and staff persevere and support one another throughout this year while continuing to make progress towards their personal, academic, and professional hopes, dreams, and goals. With that in mind, while we are unable to celebrate with our graduates in person at this time, it’s our priority to celebrate virtually with them to acknowledge their accomplishments and bring some closure to their academic experiences with us. We look forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus and celebrating in person together when it is safe to do so. – Dean Heather Lattimer
The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, December 18, at 4pm PST and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speaker Jacqueline Lopez Rivas, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.
I’m so grateful and appreciative to have this opportunity to represent my peers as the graduation speaker. With everything that’s happened this year, it’s been challenging for us to find moments to celebrate. For me personally, I had previously taken a break from school and practicing self care made a huge difference in my life and in my ability to return to school and graduate. It takes hard work to heal because it’s not always easy to focus on the difficult things in our lives. However, that’s where having and practicing healthy and safe outlets come in. Having a support system, different meditation practices, and getting in touch with my creativity are all my personal examples. I’ve seen so much resilience, perseverence, and commitment from my peers as well, so I’m looking forward to all of us having the opportunity to celebrate our graduation and end this year on a great note. After we graduate, I hope that everyone continues to find joy, keep working towards their goals, and not be discouraged. – Jacqueline Lopez Rivas
Each Fall 2020 graduate will also be recognized during the college-wide ceremony. Lurie College graduates, faculty, and staff have been invited to attend the live ceremony on Zoom, and family and friends are invited to watch the live ceremony on the Lurie College YouTube channel.
After the college-wide ceremony, each Lurie College department – Child & Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Counselor Education, Special Education, and Teacher Education – is hosting an online reception to include remarks from faculty chairpersons, individualized slideshows, and socializing among graduates, faculty, and staff to close out the semester and calendar year.
Since this semester’s experience is entirely digital, Lurie College has created some other digital items to add to the experience, such as:
- A custom Zoom background for graduates to use during their department receptions
- A digital image to share on social media
San José State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Fall 2020 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, December 18, at 10am. Learn more on the SJSU Commencement website.
For me, graduating also goes beyond my own personal meaning. It carries great importance for my family, friends, community, and future generations, especially as someone who is Latinx, a woman, queer, and a first-generation college student entering the education profession. Sadly, I also have personal contacts and know of SJSU students who will never have the chance to graduate because their lives were cut short, so to me this graduation is in honor of all of them and is an opportunity that I am not taking for granted. – Jacqueline Lopez Rivas
Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni for sharing her reflections from our Conversation on Abolitionist Teaching with Dr. Bettina Love in November!
Bettina Love began her talk quoting W.E.B. Du Bois and how “we who are dark see America in a way that white people cannot.” Du Bois describes this idea of double consciousness or second sight that People of Color possess. As a scholar who has specifically adopted DuBois’ ideas of double consciousness into my own research with special education teachers of color (SETOCs), I am constantly reflecting on how we can reposition/reframe the knowledge and gifts of teachers of color. Teacher education programs are not framed in ways that see the importance or value the perspectives of “we who are dark.”
Join us on Friday, December 4, from 4-7pm to support students from across Lurie College as they present their research, fieldwork experiences, co-curricular experiences, and more at our semi-annual Learning Showcase! The event will begin with a keynote from Ana Benderas, Director of ELA and Humanities at Quetzal Education Consulting; include a range of student presentations and panels; and conclude with small group discussions and prizes. Learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.
Dear Lurie College Students —
As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my admiration and gratitude for each of you.
This semester has presented incredible challenges — a global pandemic, massive wildfires, a passionate movement for racial justice, and a contentious election. Throughout it all, you have persisted and found ways to thrive. You’ve demonstrated care and compassion for one another, offered creative solutions to problems, been resilient in navigating online courses and field placements, and championed changes that can make our college and our world more just, equitable, and inclusive. I am impressed and profoundly inspired by each you! Thank you for all that you contribute to our college and thank you for choosing to pursue academic and professional fields where your passion and commitment will have a transformative impact!
I hope that you are able to take time away from schoolwork in the coming days to rest, reflect, and enjoy time with family. This semester has been exhausting for everyone and a break is needed before we return for the final push. Please give yourself permission to take a break, turn off the computer, and put aside the “to do” lists. The break has been hard earned and is well deserved!
Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday!
With Gratitude — Heather
Building upon the strategic plan the SJSU Lurie College of Education established in January 2020, we have identified several racial justice priorities to continue to decolonize our own institution and the systems within which we operate.
Strategic Plan Identity Statement
At the SJSU Lurie College 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 with a focus on the four areas below.
Community-Engaged: We strive to become the hub for community-centered, educational transformation in the region.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
- Strengthen outreach and recruitment for prospective students with an emphasis on recruiting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) applicants who are committed to racial justice
- Identify/strengthen collaborations, student teaching, and internship placements/MOUs with local schools and colleges with high enrollment of BIPOC students and that are committed to anti-racist policies and practices
- Strengthen outreach to BIPOC alumni to provide ongoing professional support and encourage their engagement with current students as mentors, fieldwork supervisors, and advocates
- Provide open-access extra-curricular seminars, workshops, and colloquia for students and community partners to engage in interdisciplinary conversations to cultivate anti-oppressive, anti-racist policies, practices, and pedagogies within educational institutions
- Launch of the Institute for Emancipatory Education. The mission of this P20 focused institute is to create more equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive. The guiding principles of IEE are to center historically marginalized learners and communities, partner with community, and build bridges across institutions from preschool through post-secondary
- Launch of the Healthy Development Clinic to be located in East Side San Jose to strengthen collaboration and engagement with local communities with an emphasis on equity through wellness for children, youth, and families
Culturally Sustaining: We value and sustain the linguistic and cultural practices of the communities we serve and make that the foundation of our work.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
- Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
- Strengthen inclusion of BIPOC researchers and theorists in course syllabi
- Recognize, value, and highlight scholarship from our faculty and students that focuses on issues of racial justice, educational equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy and provide multiple venues to showcase this research for internal and external audiences
- Implement learning outcomes assessment practices with an equity and culturally-sustaining approach
Holistic: We foster a caring and supportive community of belonging, connectedness, and appreciation.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
- Cultivate a sense of belonging and connectedness with current students and provide intensive advising across the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development to ensure students, particularly those from BIPOC communities, are valued and included
- Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
- Strengthen efforts to recruit diverse faculty and staff through targeted outreach, DEI training for hiring committees, and critical assessment of application review and interview procedures
- Grow student representation in department- and college-level committees, including continued presence on the college strategic plan steering committee
Interdisciplinary: We learn together across and beyond the college, transforming schooling and benefitting our communities.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
- Provide anti-racist, culturally sustaining, and intersectional professional learning workshops to faculty and staff. These may be led by internal faculty experts and/or external consultants
- Engage faculty and staff in college-wide anti-racist affinity groups for BIPOC faculty and staff and white faculty and staff
- Develop and launch new courses and programs that directly address issues of race, justice, and intersectionality
- Critically examine coursework and pedagogical practices to ensure they reflect a lens of racial justice. Update course content, syllabi, and assignments to address systemic racism, racial justice, and intersectionality
Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Thursday, November 19, from 3-4pm to discuss what’s next in education following the election results! The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.
Watch the recording of our Lurie College Faculty Symposium from Thursday, October 29:
- 5:16 – Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education – “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
- 30:04 – Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
- 53:12 – Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”
Join us for the next symposium on Thursday, November 12, from 3-4pm, on Zoom
- Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment’”
- Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”
Dear Lurie College Students —
It has been a long night, a long election season, a long four years of division and divisiveness. At this hour several states are still to be called and there is no clear outcome on the presidential election.
One thing is clear, however — there is much that needs to be done for us to become the just, equitable, and inclusive society that we deserve and our children demand. Regardless of who is ultimately declared the winner of this election, these past months have clearly and repeatedly demonstrated how broken we are as a nation.
You may feel discouraged or disillusioned by the electoral process or the election results. Identities and animosities have been inextricably linked with politics and elections can cause us to deeply question the values of our society and our place in it. If you are experiencing doubt, frustration, anger, fear, or sadness, please know that you are not alone. The faculty, staff and administration in our college and across our university are here for you. We value you, we care about you, and we believe in you. If you need support or have concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are here to help.
The academic and professional fields that you have chosen to pursue matter now more than ever. As future educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, you have the power to make change through your actions and advocacy. Though the challenge is formidable, I have full confidence in the ability of our students to make a difference and lead us toward a better future. Lurie College is here to support you every step of the way — Be courageous, be kind, be strong!
Join our Lurie College faculty at our upcoming Faculty Research Symposium events as they present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!
Thursday, October 29, 3-4:15pm, Zoom
- Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
- “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
- Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
- “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
- Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
- “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”
Thursday, November 12, 3-3:45pm, Zoom
- Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
- “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment'”
- Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
- “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”
Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni, who recently shined a spotlight on the importance and value of Critical Race Theory! Read the opinion piece on VISIBLE Magazine at bit.ly/35pPv0x
Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Jennifer Madigan, who voiced concerns about the shortcomings of online education for students with disabilities! Read the opinion piece “Online Special Ed—a Failure in the Making” on San Jose Inside at bit.ly/3m6dTLE.
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.
Take good care and stay safe!
Shoutout to Special Education Department faculty Saili Kulkarni for advocating for the need for a new generation of special education teachers! Read the opinion piece at bit.ly/2H9mTjN
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
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!
- Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit
- “The Activity Gap” by Alia Wong on the Atlantic
- “Every kid needs a champion” by Rita Pierson on TED YouTube channel
- Culturally Responsive School Leadership by Muhammad Khalifa
- Jamila Lyiscott on YouTube
- Anna Akana on YouTube
- Lilly Singh on YouTube
- The Nod podcast by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice edited by Maurianne Adams
Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 26, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.
Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!
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.
More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.
At the SJSU Lurie College 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 Lurie College students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read the 2019-2020 annual report.
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.
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.
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.