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

Welcome Back, Spartans!

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 RSVP to attend the Spring 2019 Welcome Back event on Wednesday, January 23, from 3-4:30pm in the Sweeney Hall courtyard!

“Driven to Success” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by freemusicarchive.org. Video and audio recorded and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Lurie College Welcomes Two New Staff Members

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

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.


Isabel Vallejo

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.