Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester, Lurie College!

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/financial-aid to learn more about student research grant 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!
  • Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

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Leaders of Lurie College | Isabel

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.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Staff Member Isabel Vallejo

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Welcome New Lurie College Staff Member, Saul Ruiz!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Saul Ruiz, to the community!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Advisor Saul Ruiz

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.

Photo by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Welcome Marcos Pizarro, Lurie College’s New Associate Dean!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!

Marcos Pizarro

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.

Lurie College Hosts Spring Forum for Faculty, Staff

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, speaking

Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, facilitating the group

Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, speaking

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 discuss and formulate their problem statements

Lurie College faculty and staff share their plans for redesigning the future towards a more equitable one.

Lurie College faculty and staff share their plans for designing a more equitable future

Photos taken and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley