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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.


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