On November 16th, 2013 Dr. Netta Schroer from our Psychology department was the keynote speaker at the South Orange County Community College District‘s Second Annual Student Research Conference. Her keynote “Applying psychology to law: Examining the psychology of police interrogations and the factors that contribute to false confessions” was described as “the highlight of the day” by the event organizers. Bravo! Dr. Schroer for engaging in this opportunity to share important research and to serve as a role model to students and faculty alike.
Our very own Kathy Grove will be presenting “Shadows and Light: Women’s stories of living with HIV” at “A Woman’s Voice 2014″ conference on Saturday March 8th at the SD Hilton Bayfront.
This workshop will present photographs taken by women who are living with HIV. The photographs and accompanying stories reveal women’s feelings of invisibility, stigma, and the ways HIV challenges their physical and social well-being. Although HIV came into most women’s lives in unexpected and shocking ways- the diagnosis was often a starting point for personal transformation-,a journey from shadows into light. She will explore with her audience how women fight back against a negative image of being HIV-positive and assert many other identities including mother, grandmother, educator and activist. There will be time at the end for comments and discussion.
This work stems in part from her sabbatical research and also dovetails with two other presentations she will be doing in the next month. One is a two part workshop at the First United Methodist Church (2/23 and March 1) and the other is a presentation for Palomar College Political Economy Days (On April 16th and 17th- info forthcoming) (“Magic Bullets or Social Justice”) so locals will be able to learn from this very important work- thank you Kathy for sharing this and more importantly for doing this work.
April Cunningham, Palomar’s Instruction/Information Literacy Librarian, is a curriculum developer/facilitator for Assessment in Action (AiA), a program sponsored by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Working in a team of 5 librarians from around the country, April is developing librarians’ capacity to assess the impact of their libraries on students’ success. The 15-month program includes online and in-person meetings.
By building their assessment skills, librarians will be better equipped as leaders, not only within their libraries but also throughout their campuses. In fact, the ultimate goal is to encourage librarians’ engagement in national conversations about the future of higher education. This year there are 75 colleges and universities participating in AiA. Next year there will be 100 more. And the following year the program will grow to accommodate 125 additional institutions. Librarians’ assessment projects are being studied as part of the AiA grant and the results will be accessible in a database that users can search by type of institution, assessment methods, population, and discipline. ACRL expects this database to offer insight into best practices in outcomes assessment not just for librarians but for educators throughout higher education
Posted in Assessment, Grant, Library, Program Development, Student Success
Tagged April Cunningham, Assessment in Action, Association of College & Research Libraries, curriculum, Higher Education, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Palomar College
On Friday (2/7) Sociology faculty from Palomar and MiraCosta college joined colleagues at CSUSM to discuss innovative cross-campus collaborations to assist in student success. According to our own Kathleen Grove, “We had a great conversation and made plans for future meetings. Our discussion focused on ways that we could support and prepare our students as they move from 2 year to 4 year institutions.” All of us were pleased to hear from our colleagues at CSUSM that when our Palomar students are transferring, they have the academic background to be successful. Well done Sociology faculty!
Our very own Lillian Payn, Academic Technology Coordinator, as a representative of the local chapter of theAmerican Association of University Women has organized an amazing event to support women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. High Tech + High Pay for Women! Will take place at the Women’s Museum of California on Saturday February 1st, from 10 am- 12 PM. Some presenters include June Chocheles from Chocheles Consulting, Leslie Fishlock from GeekGirl, & Lisa Vaughn-Olstad from Aquent. Palomar’s Mireya Gutierrez-Aguero will be present as a STEM advisor as well as Celia Martinez from CSU San Marcos.
“We shall not only promote STEM, but intend to present the tech requirements in all careers, so that women can improve their career options.”– Lillian Payn.
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Posted in Educational Program, Feminism, STEM
Tagged celia martinez, geekgirl, jen weissman, june chocheles, leslie fishlock, lillian payn, Mireya Gutierrez-Aguero, project x media, STEM, women, women's museum
On Monday, November 18th the students in American Indian Studies classes were treated to a demonstration of basket making by Mrs. Francisca Soriano. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mrs. Soriano is a member of the Mixtec tribe. The men and women of her family have been making plaited baskets for untold generations from the leaves of the palm trees that grow in their village in northern Oaxaca.
Students were amazed at her skill, the speed at which she works, as well as the beauty of her products. She works in both traditional (palm leaves) and modern (plastic) materials. Student were amazed to discover that as clever as humans are, we have been unable to make a machine that produces baskets because there are too many individual and complex decisions that need to be made by the basketmaker during construction of the basket. Thank you, Mrs. Soriano, for sharing your wealth of knowledge with students.