Lurie College Faculty Quoted in NBC News Article

Shoutout to Educational Leadership faculty Maria Ledesma, who was quoted in the article “Manufactured Boogeyman: Latino Critical Race Theory Pioneers, Advocates Push Back” by NBC News!

“To María Ledesma, associate professor at San Jose State University, critical race theory is about truth-telling, a way of looking at history in a comprehensive way.

Ledesma is not surprised by the theory’s current controversy. “It is a manufactured boogeyman on behalf of conservative politicians and pundits to distract attention from the global racial reckoning movement. By making critical race theory the boogeyman, we hear less about Black Lives Matter, less about police brutality, and less about the real actions needed to change our society.”

The biggest misconception about the theory is that it somehow teaches students of color to hate white people, Ledesma said. “Not true at all; critical race theory does not villainize one group over another.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educational Leadership Department Faculty María Ledesma

Attend the Lurie College Student Open Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Forum

Join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro on Friday, November 5, from 9-10am on Zoom for an informal discussion about your student priorities!  The information to join the Zoom discussion was sent to Lurie College students via a Google Calendar email invitaiton.

Lurie College Faculty Awarded Social Action Grant

Congratulations to Educational Leadership faculty Veneice Guillory-Lacy, who recently received the 2021-2022 Bonner Foundation Community-Engagement Course Development for Social Action Grant. The course will be developed to give current Master’s level teacher-leaders the opportunity to put theory into practice through collaborative approaches to deconstruct power systems, challenge inequitable practices and policies, and conduct research for a living case study.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educational Leadership Faculty Veneice Guillory-Lacy

Lurie College Associate Dean Featured in SJSU Good Trouble Panel

Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro was recently featured in the SJSU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s (ODEI) Good Trouble series, which features stories of activism and necessary trouble from Bay Area Leaders.  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month – Sep. 15-Oct. 15th, this episode featured the experiences, stories, and wisdom of SJSU Chicanx/Latinx staff, faculty, and administrators on our campus: Magdalena Barrera, Marcos Pizzaro, Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas, Lilly Pinedo Gangai, and Ana Navarrete.

Lurie College Faculty Presents at University Scholar Series

Dr. Pei-Tzu Tsai presented “Learning from Stuttering: A Path from Disorder to Diversity” as part of the SJSU University Scholar Series. Dr. Tsai discussed underlying factors of stuttering and stuttering therapy to develop culturally and linguistically responsive services for individuals who stutter and advocated for acceptance and diversity in communication.

Fall 2021 Ed.D. Leadership Program Dissertations

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Cohort 4

Two students from our SJSU Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program will defend their dissertations during the Fall 2021 semester!  Learn more about each of their dissertations below. If you would like to attend an upcoming dissertation defense, please email your request to

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Kevin Wan | Mon., Nov. 1, 4pm

  • Dissertation: “Effects of Extra-Curricular Project-Based Learning Experiences on Self-Efficacy and Interest in STEM Fields in High School”
  • Committee: Dr. Roxana Marachi, Dr. Grinell Smith, and Dr. Joseph Heffernan

Amalia Guzman | Fri., Nov. 5, 10am

  • Dissertation: “Spanish-Speaking Parent Perceptions of their Elementary Children’s English Language Proficiency”
  • Committee: Dr. Noni Reis, Dr. Rosalinda Quintanar, Dr. Roxanne Regules

Read our 2020-2021 Lurie College Impact Report

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead.  Our faculty, staff, and students have done remarkable work during this past year.  We’ve grown enrollments in our traditional programs and launched exciting new programs that extend our reach to new student populations.  We’ve strengthened our commitment to educational equity and racial justice by investing resources in bold emancipatory initiatives and tackling structural challenges within the college.  We’ve amplified the impact of faculty-led research by strengthening our community partnerships and growing our media engagement.  These achievements position Lurie College to lead our regional P-20 educational ecosystem and to be a model nationally of what it means to be a truly transformative college of education.

Read our 2020-2021 Impact Report above or at

Watch Our Intersectional Disability Studies Speaker Series

Learn from Lydia X.Z. Brown, advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work focuses on interpersonal and state violence against disabled people. Connect with Lydia on Twitter @autistichoya.

Join us on Thursday, December 2, from 4:30-5:30pm PST on Zoom to learn from Alice Wong, disabled activist, writer, editor, media maker, consultant, and founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. Connect with Alice on Twitter @SFdirewolf.

ASL interpreters and live captioning will be provided. If you are in need of additional accommodations, email

Attend Our Institute for Emancipatory Education Webinar

SJSU Lurie College of Education Institute for Emancipatory Education from Theory to Praxis Webinar

The Institute for Emancipatory Education at the SJSU Lurie College of Education is honored to present Dr. Tara J. Yosso as our Inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Dr. Yosso will kick off this new role by leading the webinar “Emancipatory Education from Theory to Praxis: Community Cultural Wealth, Counterstorytelling, and Critical Race Media Literacy” on Monday, October 25, from 5-6:30pm PDT.

This webinar is for SJSU students, faculty, and staff interested in moving the concept of emancipatory education from theory to praxis. Tara J. Yosso will discuss three areas of her work: community cultural wealth, counterstorytelling, and critical race media literacy. Together, participants will identify points of praxis for our own work.

Learn more and RSVP at

Upcoming Lurie College Student Org Events

Join our Early Childhood Student-Alumni Network (ESAN) on Monday, October 25, at 1pm in the SJSU Student Union Meeting Room 1B for their Halloween Social Event!  They plan to watch clips from a documentary called No Small Matter and draw some imagines that represent the ideas from the documentary. Contact ESAN by email at or on Instagram @esansjsu with any questions.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Early Childhood Student Alumni Network ESAN Fall 2021 Halloween Social

Join our Counselor Education Graduate Organization (CEGO) for their Financing Graduate School workshop on Monday, October 25, at 7pm.  The session will include an overview of financial aid myths, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the California Dream Act Application, deadlines, and more presented by an SJSU Financial Aid Staff member.  RSVP at and contact CEGO by email at or on Instagram @cegostudentorg with any questions.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Graduate Organization Financing Graduate School Workshop

Join our National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) on Thursday, October 28, at 3pm for their Speaker Series featuring Latisha Rodriguez, M.S. CCC-SLP.  Latisha is an amazing Speech-Language Pathologist and SLPA/Intern/CF Supervisor who is very passionate about the field and inspiring SLPs to be.  RSVP at and contact NSSLHA by email at or on Instagram @sjsunsslhachapter with any questions.

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SJSU Lurie College of Education NSSLHA Fall 2021 Speaker Series - Latisha Rodriguez_Page_2

Lurie College Faculty Invited to Educator Preparation and Public School Programs Panel

Shoutout to Teacher Education faculty Wanda Watson, who has been invited to be a panelist at “Preparing Educators to be Critical in their Analysis of History, Systems of Oppression, and the Status Quo in K-12 Schools” on Monday, November 1, from 10-11:30am as part of the CSU Educator Preparation and Public School Programs (EPPSP). RSVP to attend the panel by completing this Zoom registration form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Wanda Watson

Shoutout to Teacher Education faculty Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz and student Romina Román Shugan, who have been invited to be a panelist at “Presente y futuro de los programas de preparación de educadores plurilingües: Educar y aprender en un contexto de translenguaje / Past and present in Plurilingual Teacher Preparation Programs: Educating and learning in translanguaging spaces” on Friday, November 19, from 10-11:30am as part of the CSU Educator Preparation and Public School Programs (EPPSP). RSVP to attend the panel by completing this Zoom registration form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Faculty Eduardo Munoz-Munoz

Lurie College Faculty Published Opinion Piece About Coming Out

Shoutout to Counselor Education faculty Kyoung Mi Choi, who published the opinion piece “What I Learned When I Came Out to My Asian Mother” in Yes! Magazine.

“Initially, she was shocked. She expressed her excruciating pain and disappointment toward me and herself, thinking that she wasn’t a “good” Asian mother. She became silent for a while; years went by. Then she slowly opened up, started asking me questions, listening to my stories, and meeting my partner. She ultimately replaced her feelings of shame and guilt with deeper understanding and love.”

SJSU Lurie College Counselor Education Faculty Kyoung Mi Choi Coming Out Yes Magazine

Illustration by Tevy Khou.

Lurie College Faculty Publishes Book Chapter

Congratulations to Counselor Education faculty Jason Laker, who published a chapter entitled, A Modest Ambitious Proposal: Envisioning an Education System that Works for Everyone, with co-author, Dr. Kornelija Mrnjaus (Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Rijeka, Republic of Croatia) in a text entitled, Problems and Perspectives of Contemporary Education (2021). The book was published by the Institute for Educational Research (Belgrade, Serbia) in collaboration with the Faculty of Philology, Peoples` Friendship University of Russia (Moscow, Russia) and the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia).

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Department Faculty Jason Laker

SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Submissions Open

Do you have a business idea? Enter the 18th annual (virtual) SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC)!  Pitch your idea and network with fellow students, seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. Winners will receive cash prizes to advance their innovations. Register here anytime between October 21st and November 4.  To learn more, visit the SVIC website at or contact


Lurie College Faculty Presenting at SJSU University Scholar Series

Congratulations to Communicative Disorders and Sciences faculty Pei-Tzu Tsai, who has been selected to present at the next SJSU University Scholar Series on Wednesday, October 20 from, 12-1 pm, on Zoom!  Dr. Tsai will discuss underlying factors of stuttering and stuttering therapy to develop culturally and linguistically responsive services for individuals who stutter and advocating for acceptance and diversity in communication.  Learn more and RSVP at

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Faculty Pei-Tzu Tsai

Lurie College Leading Ethnic Studies Efforts

With California becoming the first state in the United States to make the completion of an ethnic studies course a requirement for high school graduation, Lurie College has already been leading in this area and preparing educators in our college to teach ethnic studies at the secondary level.  Watch the video below to earn more about 3 of our Lurie College students – Julia Duggs, Jenna Kunz, and Angelica Lopez – who had Ethnic Studies Teacher Residencies during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Julia also copresented “Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades” and Teacher Education faculty Wanda Watson copresented “Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance” as part of the Summer 2021 Lurie College K-12 Teaching Academy.

Lurie College and CSU Fullerton Translanguaging Conference

Join Lurie College and CSU Fullerton on Saturday, November 6, from 9:30am-12:30pm for their free Translanguaging Conference, Segunda Conferencia Cooperativa: Enseñanza y Liderazgo a través del Translenguaje. The conferene will include a keynote – “Leveraging Students’ Cultural, Sociopolitical, and Translingual Lifeworlds for Learning” – as well as two sessions – “Enseñar Historia en un Contexto de Translanguagin” and “Reconocer y promover la diversidad lingüística en la aula de kinder en Quebec: contexto y ejemplos.” Learn more and RSVP at

SJSU Lurie College of Education and CSU Fullerton Translanguaging Fonference Fall 2021

Annual Spartan Step Up Conference

Spartan Step Up Conference

The Lucas College of Business GOAL (Generation of Aspirational Leaders) program is hosting a three-day hybrid leadership conference, Spartan Step Up, in collaboration with Hand and Lift Foundation from Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24, from 12-4pm each day. GOAL’s Spartan Step Up Conference seeks to bring together multidisciplinary teams of SJSU students from all backgrounds and experience levels across campus to analyze and proffer solutions to existing community problems. Students spearhead these projects with GOAL advisors, other SJSU faculty, and community partners. This event will expose students to authentic community challenges and encourage them to apply their skills, stimulating their academic advancement and cognitive development while enhancing their professional soft and technical skills. Donor-awarded scholarships will be available, and students will have opportunities to present actionable items to a diverse and experienced panel of judges. Learn more and register by completing this Google form.

Spartan Leadership and Career Conference

The 4th Annual Spartan Leadership and Career Conference will take place virtually on Friday, October 22, from 9:30am-4pm! The Spartan Leadership & Career Conference is an event designed to help all current SJSU students learn to refine their leadership skills and understand how to leverage those skills into a successful career. This opportunity features alumni and employer panels, breakout sessions led by SJSU faculty, staff, and alumni, a networking session, and much more!
Students who attend the virtual event, and respond to the event survey, will be included in a drawing for a chance to win one of three shopping experiences for a full professional/business suit and accessories (valued at $300 each including taxes).
The following FREE opportunities will be sent to students who register for the Conference via Handshake:
  • LinkedIn photobooth
  • Access to the Spartan Career Closet

Fall'21 SLCC Flyer

Attend the Early Childhood Institute Virtual Speaker Series

SJSU Early Childhood Institute ECI Speaker Series Fall 2021 SEAL

The SJSU Early Childhood Institute (ECI) is thrilled to host Ana Marisol Sanchez and Cory Wechsler from the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program for our upcoming ECI Virtual Speaker Series event.

Join us on Thursday, October 14, from 3-4pm for a conversation on centering dual language learners through family-school partnerships.  RSVP to attend this event by completing this Google form.

Global Connections: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture Workshop

Join Lurie College, SJSU International Student and Scholar Services, the SJSU Pride Center, and SJSU MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center on Tue., Oct. 19, from 4-5pm via Zoom to learn more about LGBTQ+ identities through a multicultural lens while interacting with other students and sharing your perspectives. RSVP at

SJSU Global Connections Gender Sexuality and Culture Workshop Lurie College Pride Center-MOSAIC Center 2

Watch the Thriving at SJSU as an Adult Learner Workshop Recording

College students over the age of 25 are often overlooked in efforts to increase student success. Yet, adult learners make up over one-third of all undergraduate students. Adult learners have distinct challenges when pursuing their education. In addition to balancing coursework with jobs, many adult learners have family responsibilities/roles and other layers that make up who they are as a student. Watch the recording of our Lurie College Student Success Center’s workshop “Thriving at SJSU as an Adult Learner: Part 1” which focused on navigating the 4-year system.  Register for more upcoming workshops at