Friday February 27, 2015

Annex 1/Student Life Center - 1 North State Drive - SF State Campus / 94132


Participants: Click below to download (1) the Latino/a Educational Achievement Partnership research report, incuding an Executive Summary, and (2) the compilation of Forum registrants' suggestions and comments submitted during the event sign-up process: 




A one-day forum

...that will bring together the University community, educators, community activists, service providers, and others who are committed to getting Latina/o youth into, and successfully through, college.

The Bay Area has experienced a dramatic growth in the Latino population - one in four residents is now a Latina/o, and more Latinos than ever are trying to gain access to higher education.
Local colleges are now becoming federally designated "Hispanic Serving Institutions", opening up extensive new funding opportunities. This enormous potential contrasts starkly, however, with significant barriers - largely unrecognized - that are silently impeding Latina/o students from accessing, staying in, and graduating from a four-year university.  

Our intention  
is to have a day of community dialogue, information sharing, and informed reflection on the many factors that help and hinder Latina/o students from attaining the educational goals that further  their well-being and the socioeconomic health of our community.

Working with SF State
The César E. Chávez Institute is gathering data on undergraduate students at SF State to examine the many overlapping issues impacting Latina/o students. This in-depth look at  a key university can be a foundational "case study" for a new Bay Area initiative to advance Latin@ student educational attainment.  

Our hope
is that after a day of in-depth analysis, we will together begin to generate a plan for community action on Latina/o college degree attainment. 



Three national scholars will help us think about the tremendous assets Latin@ students bring to the classroom, how best to engage them, and how to create institutional environments that support them. Each speaker will encourage us to identify and clarify the multiple ways we can powerfully change the educational landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.




Event is free of charge.

Keeping the event free to all limits the number of persons who can attend: Please consider donating to this event so that more persons can attend. Thank you for your generosity.



Estela Mara Bensimon, Ed.D. 

Equity Mindedness in Higher Education:
Becoming an Agent for Institutional Change


Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, and Asian/Pacific Islanders have gained greater access to higher education since the passage of the 1964 Civil  Rights Act.   However, increased access has not translated into equity in BA attainment.   Professor Bensimon views inequality in higher education as a problem of institutional practices, structures, and policies.  She and her colleagues at the Center for Urban Education have designed the Equity Scorecard, a tool that is informed by theories of organizational learning, practice theory, and participatory critical action research methods, as a strategy of equity-minded change.  In this talk, Dr. Bensimon will discuss the importance of being intentional about equity and discuss strategies to build an “equity minded” campus.

Dr. Bensimon is a professor of higher education and founder and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. CUE's goal under her leadership is to produce academic research about the importance of equity and equity-mindedness in higher education, and to create tools for practitioners that lead to equitable student outcomes.

Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Men of Color in Higher Education
Dr. Hurtado is a Luis Leal Endowed Professor and current faculty member of the Department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Hurtado is a past chair of the National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. 


Dr. Hurtado has published several books and recently published the groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys, with Pedro Noguera and Edward Fergus. She is currently working on another co-authored book, Beyond Machismo: Intersectional Understandings of Latino Feminist Masculinities (University of Texas Press, forthcoming), which focuses on the struggles and successes of young Latino men as they navigate the halls of higher education.


Marcos Pizarro, Ph.D. 

From Microaggressions to Community Cultural Wealth:
Insights for Intellectually Engaging Latina/o University Students

A professor at San José State University, Marcos Pizarro received his B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford and his Ph.D. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Pizarro works with Chicana/o students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help them develop strategies to succeed in school and create social justice in their communities.


Dr. Pizaro has explored the relationship between the identities of Chicana/o students and their academic performance. Currently, he coordinates MAESTR@S, a social justice organization developing and implementing a transformative education model in Latin@ communities. He also works with schools on the development and implementation of Latina/o Studies curricula. He is co-coordinator of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.



Project Connect; Raza Faculty & Staff Association
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