April 27, 2016
Provost Lynn Mahoney
Recent events and discussions, nationally and on our campus, have put issues related to social justice foremost in my mind and perhaps yours as well. When I arrived on campus last year, I quickly came to appreciate how the values of social justice and civic engagement are woven into the very core of Cal State LA—our commitment to providing quality education to LA's first generation, diverse, and culturally rich students; our commitment to embedding civic learning in our general education and disciplinary requirements; and our commitment to the communities that surround us. Cal State LA has a wealth of programs that bring our neighbors to campus and our students to our neighbors.
Last week, I was particularly reminded of this at three different events. At the inaugural lecture for the Joseph Prabhu Fund for Interfaith Peace and Justice, theologian Philip Clayton addressed the environmental consequences of economic inequality. Later that same day, the Pat Brown Institute honored Senator Kevin de León and documentarians David Gelber and Joel Bach for their "leadership and innovation in the face of climate change." And, finally on Saturday, the Chicano Studies and History Departments, honored one of our own, Professor Francisco Balderrama, for decades of service to our students and our community. Former students, colleagues, and community leaders gave testament to the tremendous impact Professor Balderrama's teaching, scholarship and activism has had locally, regionally and nationally. Cal State LA's commitment to social justice and civic engagement is deep and has a long and rich history—a history of which we should all be very proud and which reminds us of the need for continued leadership as regional and national discussions continue.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Allison Fuligni for her contributions to the Honors College through her role as associate director. In addition to the important work she has done in helping the Honors College prepare for semester conversion and in continuing to streamline Honors College recruitment, admissions, advisement, scholarships, and theses, she has brought an incredible warmth, thoughtfulness, and positive energy to the program that has benefitted students, faculty and staff alike. She will rejoin the Department of Child and Family Studies in August 2016.
Dr. Martin Adamian has agreed to serve as interim associate director of the Honors College beginning in August 2016. Dr. Adamian received his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School and his Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University. He joined Cal State LA in 2006 and teaches in the political science prelegal program, serves as the prelegal advisor, and oversees the Superior Court Judicial Internship. He has also designed courses on International Law, Mock Trial, and Trial Advocacy for students interested in careers in the legal profession. In addition, he has served the University and College of Natural and Social Sciences in various capacities including chair of the Political Science Department, chair of the University Student Policy Committee, chair of the University Academic Advisement Subcommittee, Academic Senator, and recently chair of the Q2S Academic Advisement Subcommittee. He has been involved with the Honors College since spring 2014 when he started teaching the Honors section of Government & American Society.
College of Health and Human Services
Dr. Rita Ledesma was recently appointed as the College of Health and Human Services’ interim associate dean for diversity and student engagement. Her focus is on student retention and graduation rates. In this new position, Dr. Ledesma will be working on implementing “best practices” that are theoretically sound and thoroughly evaluated. As we eliminate bottlenecks, improve graduation rates, and close the URM achievement gap, Dr. Ledesma’s experience and commitment will serve us all well. Read more about Dr. Rita Ledesma.
Creating a Problem-Solving Civic Learning Assignment - 3 part series
Beginning Fall Semester 2016, Cal State LA has a Civic-Learning requirement built into many of its GE courses. Unsure about how you are going to teach your GE civic learning class? The Office of Service Learning and the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning offer spring training to develop a problem-solving assignment for any GE civic learning class you teach (IHE or Upper Division), including GE Major courses. Faculty will create a manageable assignment that connects research methods in their discipline to real-world issues relevant to students. Read more about the event and register.
Inaugural Assessment Faire - May 20, 2016
Take a part in this year's Assessment Faire where there will be a sharing of best assessment practices with presentations from each college and General Education. Register here.
Symposium on LA-Based Curriculum - May 21, 2016
Los Angeles is a fast-paced, culturally diverse city with a multitude of opportunities and problems. These qualities make it an ideal focus for classroom activities in any discipline, allowing students to grasp difficult concepts through real-world examples as well as fostering their sense of civic engagement. The Los Angeles-Based Learning (LAB) Symposium is for faculty and instructors at community colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area who are interested in incorporating LA into their curricula. Participants are those who would like to present how including Los Angeles-based material in the classroom has improved student learning or those who would like to gather information on how to include Los Angeles into their own classrooms. Learn more about the symposium.
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