Meet Saul, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“In the 4th grade, I was given an award for “perseverance”. At the time, I did not know what the term meant. Fast forward to today, I would say that I overcame a lot of adversity, especially being a first-generation student. As students, we owe it to ourselves to try hard and go after what we want, despite the difficulties. In the end we gain life experiences and we become more resilient, all because we chose to never give up. The 4th grade version of myself would be extremely proud of me today.”
The Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University is a place of transformation, where we prepare educators, counselors, therapists, and community leaders using emancipatory pedagogy across our teaching, scholarship and service. Learn more about our impact by reading through this report and join the Lurie College family by visiting sjsu.edu/education!
Meet Ana, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“My passion for education was modeled to me by my grandfather, who helped raise me. A former farmworker with a fifth grade education, my grandfather had a hunger for learning and reading that inspired me to take advantage of every resource possible in college, graduate school, and my career. I’m grateful to be working for SJSU and the College of Education because I see a genuine passion for learning all around me and a strong commitment to expand educational opportunities for others.”
On behalf of the SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro would like to welcome its new and returning students to the fall 2019 semester and make them aware of some upcoming events and opportunities!
Visit http://sjsu.edu/education/dine-dean to enter your name for a chance to join Dean Heather Lattimer, a special guest, and a group of students for great conversation and a complimentary meal each month!
Join Lurie College friends, students, faculty, and staff for food, games, prizes, helpful information, and more on Wed., Sep. 18, in the Sweeney Hall courtyard!
Utilize the Student Success Center in Sweeney Hall 106 and the Study and Collaboration Room in Sweeney Hall 446 – they provide advising, study space, helpful workshops, and more!
Meet Isabel, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“During my graduate studies, I taught ESL classes at institutions in the US-Mexico border. The students I met then, have been a great source of inspiration. From the students that crossed the border to attend college with little or no English proficiency to the sixty-five-year-old grandmother who wanted to learn English to communicate with her grandchildren, I learned there are no barriers to what one can do and that it is never too late to learn something new.”
Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Saul Ruiz, to the community!
Saul was born and raised in Morgan Hill, CA. He started his collegiate studies at De Anza college, where he received his AA in Liberal Arts. He then followed in his sisters footsteps and transferred to UC Davis, where he majored in Sociology with a minor in Chicano Studies. Post-college graduation, Saul returned to the Bay Area to work at his old high school as the Cal-SOAP Advisor. His main focus was to build a bridge between high school students and college. It was during this time that he fell in love with the idea of mentoring students and being there to support them through the intense and nerve wracking college application process. Saul then moved to San Luis Obispo, where he worked at both Allan Hancock College as well as Cuesta College. He recently completed his Master’s degree from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He is very excited to be back home in the Bay to join the Lurie College of Education as the new Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, and be able to give back to his community. In his free time, he loves to travel, try new coffee shops, and explore nature.
Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!
Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of Lurie College
Marcos Pizarro joins Lurie College in his 20th year at San Jose State! Most recently he was a Professor and Chair of SJSU’s Chicana and Chicano Studies. Graduating from Stanford as an undergrad, he began his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher in Inglewood, while pursuing his PhD in Education at UCLA. Marcos’ research and community work has focused on supporting Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies to thrive in school and create social and racial justice in their communities. He coordinates MAESTRXS, a social justice teacher collective developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities; works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement; co-coordinates the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice; and is a Faculty Fellow for Chicanx/Latinx Student Success at SJSU, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success. He is excited to join Lurie College and to both support the amazing faculty and staff, and offer his expertise to help the college fulfill its mission.
To kick off the spring semester, Lurie College faculty and staff arranged for some learning of their own by participating in a Liberatory Design Thinking Workshop! The workshop was led by Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, and Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, facilitating the group, and focused on the concept of design and how that can be utilized to address and mitigate inequities that exist in our communities as a result of previous designs. Faculty and staff engaged in dialogue across disciplines and perspectives to gain deeper insights into one another, identify current designs that are inhibiting liberation, and develop a plan for the initial next steps to address those designs.
Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, facilitating the group
Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, facilitating the group
Lurie College faculty and staff discuss and formulate their problem statements
Lurie College faculty and staff share their plans for designing a more equitable future
On behalf of Lurie College, Dean Heather Lattimer and Janene Perez, Director of the Lurie College Student Success Center, would like to welcome all Spartans back to SJSU and wish them successful spring semesters – watch the one-minute video below for their full welcome message!
Lurie College students are invited to RSVPto attend the Spring 2019 Welcome Back event on Wednesday, January 23, from 3-4:30pm in the Sweeney Hall courtyard!
Lurie College is excited to welcome two new staff members to the community – Brian Cheung Dooley, Executive Assistant / Communications Lead, and Dr. Isabel Vallejo, Director of Assessment and Accreditation!
Brian Cheung Dooley – Executive Assistant / Communications Lead
Brian was born in Castro Valley, CA, and grew up in the Central Valley in Patterson, CA. He then left his hometown to study Management Science at UC San Diego and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. After working in residential and student life at UCSD’s John Muir college, he relocated to the East Coast to earn a master’s in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from NYU. Brian then relocated again to Washington, DC, where he was the Program Manager for Student Life at the NYU Washington, DC global academic program. He is very excited to join the Lurie College community, where he will provide support for the dean’s office operations and communications. In his free time, Brian enjoys exploring the world with his wife, taking photos and exercising.
Dr. Isabel Vallejo – Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Isabel joins Lurie College with many years of experience in accreditation, student outcomes assessment, institutional research, online education and compliance. She has previously worked in private higher education institutions both in Mexico and the United States, and more recently in a private network of international universities. She has earned a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla as well as an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is very excited to join the Lurie College of Education and advance accreditation and assessment projects. In her free time, she enjoys taking short trips and vacations with her husband, son and daughter.