Attend the Lurie College Student Open Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Forum

Join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro on Wednesday, October 6, from 3-4pm 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.

Upcoming NSSLHA Org Meetings

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Communicative Disorders and Sciences students are encouraged to join the SJSU National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter, which represents students’ interests, sponsors local speaker seminars, and participates in community service projects and fundraising activities. For more information about upcoming events and opportunities, visit the SJSU NSSHLA InstagramTwitterFacebook page, or email us at

Join us every other Thursday at 3pm on Zoom for our meetings! There will be in person socials and online educational meetings in alternation. Register soon and mark your calendars. Connect with us on Instagram @sjsunsslhachapter for more details.

  • Thursday, September 2
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Thursday, September 30
  • Thursday, October 14
  • Thursday, October 28
  • Thursday, November 11
  • Thursday, November 25
  • Thursday, December 9

Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice

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The inaugural SJSU Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice is a visionary annual event designed to catalyze change in our community. SJSU seeks to bring together community, non-profits, organizations, schools, and businesses focused on creating a more racially just and equitable city and county. While we recognize that discrimination and injustice intersects with many identities, this movement centers race at the forefront of the conversation as we seek to ignite personal journeys, community conversations, and collective action to address racial justice.

The inaugural series will take place from November 1-12 and the theme is Reflection. Discovery. Action.  Learn more and submit a program by Thu., Sep. 30 at

Participate in Our Early Childhood Connections Initiative

Are you passionate about supporting young children to reach their full potential?  Do you want to cultivate relationships with others who share your career goals from across SJSU’s Lurie College of Education programs? Get involved in either of the two opportunities below to advance these priorities this school year and beyond!  These options are open to anyone interested in working with young children – as an educator, therapist, counselor, program director, or any of the other professions committed to working with young children.

Opportunity 1: Early Childhood Connections

Apply to the Early Childhood Connections and join us in exploring and building community with others who have a passion for working with young children under age 5.  This opportunity is for current students and Spring 2021 graduates from across SJSU Lurie College of Education programs.  First time ECC participants only.  You will engage in networking meetings as well as small groups led by student coordinators to build community, learn from alumni and other professionals already in the field, and build your path as you pursue a career involving young children. Participants will have an opportunity to shape the program as it unfolds from September 2021 to April 2022.  Supported by Lurie College and the SJSU Early Childhood Institute, this is an opportunity to learn, grow, lead and most importantly, connect!  If you have any questions, email us at

Opportunity 2: Early Childhood Student Alumni Network

Join the Early Childhood Student Alumni Network, a recognized student group that is building a broader interdisciplinary network of current San José State University students interested in working with young children and alumni currently in the field.

Whether you are graduating this spring or continuing on in your journey through SJSU, we hope one or both of these opportunities is right for you!

Request for Student Nominee for the SJSU Research Foundation Board of Directors

The SJSU Research Foundation Board of Directors includes a seat for an SJSU student. The Research Foundation’s by-laws state: “The student shall be recommended to the VPRI in consultation with the President of Associated Students of SJSU.” Click here to learn more about the SJSU Research Foundation. At this time, we are seeking nominations for a student to serve on the Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. The candidate should be engaged in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity (RSCA) at SJSU and can be an undergraduate or a graduate student.

Each year the student board member will attend four two-hour meetings of the Research Foundation’s Board of Directors and four one-hour meetings of the Research Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee. The student board member will receive the packet of meeting materials distributed one week before each meeting. The deadline for nominations is September 24, 2021.

Please send your nominations to:

Andrew Exner
Executive Director and Secretary of the SJSURF Board of Directors
SJSU Research Foundation

In your nomination, please include:

  1. A letter stating your reason for the nomination,
  2. Student’s resume or CV, and
  3. One paragraph statement of interest written by the student

Those students selected from the nomination pool will be interviewed between September 27 and October 8. The final selection will be made by October 22. Please contact Andrew Exner ( with any questions.

Save the Date: Fall 2021 In-Person Commencement

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On September 2, President Papazian announced that after nearly two years, San José State University is finally able to safely host in-person commencement ceremonies!

That means that this December our Fall 2021 graduating students will be invited to attend their college commencement ceremony, and our Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduated students will be invited to attend a makeup ceremony of their choice.

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Thank You, Lurie College Students!

Hi Lurie College students.

On behalf of our college faculty and staff, I want to extend a big THANK YOU for all that you have done to make the first weeks of the semester a success. Thank you for your flexibility and perseverance as we’ve navigated a return to campus. Thank you for taking steps to keep everyone safe and healthy by wearing masks and getting vaccinated. Thank you for your generosity and compassion as we all adapt to the realities to this semester’s sort of in person, sort of online learning experience. You’ve been wonderful and I continue to be grateful to be part of a college with students who are committed to making a difference and caring for our larger community. Thank you!

As you continue to navigate through the semester, our faculty, staff, and advisors are here to support your success. Our college offices can be accessed both in person and virtually. Please see department websites for information about on-site office hours, phone and email contacts, and instructions on how to make an appointment for in person or virtual advising.

If you get stuck and aren’t sure who to contact, you can always call or email the Lurie College Success Center or stop by the Dean’s Office in Sweeney Hall 103. We are here Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.

On Tuesday, Pres. Papazian announced that we will have in person graduation ceremonies at the event center this fall. I’m delighted that we will be able to celebrate our newest graduates – as well as our graduates from 2020 and spring 2021 – in person. We are also hoping to begin to have more in person events and extracurricular activities as the semester progresses. Please keep an eye out for announcements in future newsletters. If you have ideas for community building events that you’d like to help organize, please check in with your advisors, student clubs, the success center, or contact the dean’s office.

Thank you again for all that you contribute to our college. We so appreciate you!




Upcoming Student Org Events

Join our Counselor Education Graduate Organization (CEGO) on Tuesday, September 14, from 5:30-6:30pm at the Grad to chat, hang out, and meet new people!

Join our National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) on Thursday, September 16, from 3-4pm in Sweeney Hall 433 for a game night to play games, make friends, and enjoy snacks!

SJSU Lurie College of Education NSSLHA Fall 2021 Game Night

Counselor Education Students Participate in International ZoomPal Project

In collaboration with Dr. Insoo Oh at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, Counselor Education faculty Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi facilitated a week-long international virtual exchange program from August 8 to August 12, 2021. It was a wonderful opportunity for seven Counselor Education graduate students, Victor Calvillo Chavez, Yesenia Torres, Jasmine Torres, Laura Sheldon, Jilian Gomez, Ligia Briseno, Elvia Hernandez, at San José State University to co-facilitate a small group discussion and to engage in cross-cultural conversation with 13 Korean college students at Ewha Womans University about a range of topics, including diversity in college life, learning styles and academic success, career exploration and decision-making process, friendship and romantic relationships, and self-care and mental health in COVID-19. Dr. Samuel Y. Kim (assistant professor at the University of Denver) and Julia Kim (graduate student in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), also joined as guest speakers and shared their cross-cultural expertise and experiences.

Attend the Lurie College Student Open Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Forum

Join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro on Wednesday, September 1, from 3-4pm 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.

Meet the SJSU NSSLHA Student Org Board

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We’ve got a Full House…of Board!! So excited to introduce you to our NSSLHA Board for the 2021-2022 school year. We are all looking forward to getting to know you and work with you all this year. Wishing everyone a strong start💙💛🤩

Our SJSU National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) enables students to have access to professional, educational, and clinical resources and participate in American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and NSSLHA sponsored events.  Connect with SJSU NSSLHA on Instagram (@sjsunsslhachapter), Twitter (@sjsunsslha), Facebook (@sjsuNSSLHA), or

SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge

The annual SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is back and will take place on November 30 and December 1! SJSU students of all disciplines can attend a virtual ideation workshop on Tuesday, September 7, from 4-5:30pm to brainstorm promising business ideas with Dave Hadden, seasoned entrepreneur, SJSU mentor and SVIC judge. Register for the Ideation Workshop by Sunday, September 5, at and register for the SVIC challenge at

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Fall 2021 Welcome Message from Dean Lattimer

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester at SJSU’s Lurie College of Education. We are so excited to be back on campus this fall and very much look forward to connecting with you in person. Our faculty, staff, and student leaders have been working hard to prepare engaging and meaningful in person and virtual experiences that are designed to support you on your educational journey.

The past year and a half has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of the academic and professional fields housed in our college. As our society has grappled with the overlapping pandemics of COVID 19, economic inequality, racial injustice, and environmental degradation, it is our teachers, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders who are providing possibility and hope to children, families, and communities.

As a college, we are committed to preparing you to be transformative leaders in your fields. In your classes this semester you’ll be challenged to explore new ideas and dig deep into critical questions. You’ll also have opportunities to connect to faculty and advisors outside of class, work on faculty-led research projects, and pursue initiatives connected to our college strategic plan. Our student-led clubs offer academic enrichment, advocacy, and social activities. And I encourage you to make time to go to your professors’ office hours, drop by our Student Success Center, and just hang out with other students in your program – this human connection is something that we’ve all been craving during the past year and a half. And it is in these informal interactions that life-long connections are made and some of the best, most transformative learning takes place.

As we navigate the coming semester, I encourage you to be patient with yourselves and others as we all adapt to the evolving dynamics of the pandemic. Please take care of yourselves and prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Look out for members of our larger community by remembering to wear your mask, stay home, and get tested if you have any COVID symptoms, and – if you haven’t already, please get vaccinated. Our faculty and staff are working to ensure the safest conditions possible. Stay in close communication with your professors and program advisors, ask questions if you need clarification, and reach out if you have a physical or mental health concern. More information about SJSU health policies and additional resources can be found on the SJSU Adapt website. These are challenging times and we all need to prioritize kindness and generosity in our community and remember to give grace to yourselves and one another.

My hope for you is that you will find joy this semester. In the midst of multiple pressures and sometimes overwhelming challenges, I hope that you find joy in your classes, in our Lurie College community, and in the purpose and passion that brought you to SJSU. Our faculty, staff, and leadership team are here to support you and champion your success at every step along your journey.

Take good care and have a fantastic Fall semester!

Apply to Become a Lurie College Multimedia Student Assistant or Storyteller

Lurie College Multimedia Student Assistant

SJSU Lurie College of Education Multimedia Student Assistant

We are seeking an SJSU student to join our community as a part-time Multimedia Student Assistant!  The Lurie College of Education Multimedia Student Assistant will support the efforts of the Dean’s Office to effectively communicate opportunities, resources, and stories to our community through several digital mediums such as graphic design, photography, videography, social media, websites, blogs, newsletters, and Zoom.  This position is intended to primarily be remote / virtual but may have in-person opportunities depending on availability and need.  Learn more about us via our Lurie College Linktree.

Required Qualifications

  • Available to work 10-20 hours per week
  • Ability to complete projects in a remote, sometimes asynchronous environment
  • Ability to contribute to a positive workplace environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with various audiences such as current students, prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff
  • General knowledge of software platforms such as the Microsoft Office suite, Google Suite, and/or Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience with one or more of the following – digital publications, graphic design, photography, videography, social media management, and/or website optimization
  • General knowledge of SJSU university policies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, and possibly beyond depending on need, interest, and funding
  • Prior administrative and/or client service experience
  • Experience with interviewing and/or storytelling
  • Familiarity with the Lurie College of Education’s organizational structure
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google suite, and/or Adobe Creative Cloud

The anticipated compensation for this position will be $16-17/hour, depending on experience.  To learn more and apply by Sunday, August 29, visit and search for job #5217870.

Lurie College Storytellers

SJSU Lurie College of Education Storytellers

Watch the Lurie College Reorientation Video Series

Welcome, Lurie College students!  Whether you are returning to campus for the first time since the Spring 2020 semester or arriving on campus for the first time ever, we thought this Reorientation video series, hosted by our Lurie College Student Success Center Peer Mentors, Alina Torres and Maritza Ortiz-Urrutia, and Lurie College Advisor, Francesca Teixeira, would be helpful for you. Gather information about study spaces, transportation, safety, and more in the videos below.

Lurie College Black Graduate Student Support Group

Hello!  I’m Desirae McNeil.  I am a Graduate Student Ambassador for Lurie College.  It was on my heart to start a community with other Black-identifying grad students together.  If you are interested in joining me in creating a space to regularly meet for networking and support, please complete the interest form at

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Graduate Student Desirae McNeil

Lurie College Career Center Support

SJSU Lurie College of Education Career Center Support Fall 2021

Get support from our SJSU Lurie College Career Center Counselor, Christine Bautista, during the Fall 2021 semester!

Welcome Back, Lurie College Students!

We hope you have a great Fall 2021 semester 💙💛

@sjsulurieWelcome back, ##SJSU ##LurieCollege family! We hope you have a great Fall 2021 semester💙💛 @sanjosestateuniversity♬ Lofi – Domknowz

Attend the SJSU Spartan Speaker Series Events

Since 2016, the Spartan Speaker Series has brought distinguished authors, critics, scientists, activists, and artists to our campus to discuss critical issues in our society impacting students. The series strives to highlight a broad range of pertinent content and diverse voices. Attend the Fall 2021 Speaker Series events with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Gabby Rivera, Simu Lu, Leah Thomas, and Janet Mock – learn more and register at

Fall 2021 SJSU Spartan Speaker Series Nikole Hannah-Jones Gabby Rivera Simu Lu Leah Thomas Janet Mock

Connect with Lurie College and SJSU

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Stay connected to helpful online resources as we head into the Fall 2021 semester!  Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:

Lurie College Student Presenting at Higher Ed Conference

Congratulations to Child and Adolescent Development and Educational Leadership student Vinson Vũ, whose program proposal “Resilient Superstars: How We Can Support the Futures of Trans+ Young Adults” has been accepted for the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference!

ChAD Department Featured in Reading Partners Newsletter

Congratulations to our Child and Adolescent Development department, which was highlighted in a recent Reading Partners newsletter!  Read the full feature below.

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Each year, Reading Partners collaborates with San José State University’s (SJSU) childhood and adolescent development (ChAD) program to provide opportunities for their undergraduate students, who are on-track to becoming educators, to work with local K-4th grade students in the Silicon Valley community. SJSU’s ChAD students learn the concepts around becoming effective instructors and educators in their coursework, and through the partnership with Reading Partners, their undergraduates are able to implement and refine the skills they learn through tutoring our students.

SJSU ChAD students have shown continued resiliency in how they deliver tutoring sessions to our students, whether it is online via our virtual platform or in person at our reading centers. We are constantly amazed by how thoughtful and committed ChAD students are; as a result, we want to commend and recognize our SJSU partners for serving as tutors and role models for many K-4th grade students throughout our community.

Learn more about ChAD’s service learning opportunities at

Lurie College Reimagines the Future of Education at the Inaugural Learner Design Summit

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How do you design inclusive models for teaching and learning? It’s simple: Ask the students.

Last week, the Lurie College held its first Learner Design Summit to launch SJSU’s regional Rapid Education Prototyping (REP4) Alliance.

The REP4 Alliance is a powerful network of regional and national education, industry and technology leaders, led by the six founding higher education partners, including the Lurie College. This alliance brings together diverse learners to develop new ideas for higher education programming using liberatory design principles.

At the summit, a total of 25 local students, including rising 11th and 12th graders, recent high school graduates, community college students and SJSU undergraduates collaborated and designed creative proposals, or “prototypes,” to address existing challenges in the higher education system.

“A prototype is a pitch that students prepare to showcase the needs and solutions that create institutional change,” said Rebeca Burciaga, professor of educational leadership and Chicana and Chicano Studies as well as the faculty executive director of SJSU’s Institute of Emancipatory Education (IEE).

“SJSU student mentors are leading what we call ‘dream teams’ to dream up these ideas. We hope to find ways to incorporate their solutions and perhaps work with campus leaders to make those immediate changes.”

San José State President Mary Papazian kicked off the weeklong event with a message for the Spartan community.

“We believe that initiatives such as emancipatory education and REP4 support the development of equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive,” she said.

“Collectively, the themes of this work are well-aligned with SJSU’s interests in advancing and transforming our educational systems, which many of us believe are in urgent need of radical change.”

Read the full story on by Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

Lurie College Black Graduate Support Group

SJSU Lurie College of Education Black Graduate Student Support Group

Hello, my name is Desirae McNeil.  I am a graduate student ambassador for the Lurie college here at San Jose State University.  As a student ambassador, I have an opportunity to hear and support graduate students in the college.  It was on my heart to start a community with other Black-identifying grad students together.  If you identify as a Black graduate student and are interested in creating a space to meet once or twice a month to support one another, please complete this intake form.