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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

COE News in Brief

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Accomplishments, awards, events and more — here’s a glance at a few things you may have missed in the College of Education since our last issue:

On (and off) campus

➤ SDSU was one of six national universities selected to take part in the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) Pre-Service Family Engagement Consortium. The consortium aims to inform policy and practice around pre-service educator preparation for family engagement. The SDSU team of Dr. Shulamit Ritblatt, professor in CFD and director of the Center for Family, School and Community Engagement, and Araceli Simeon from the Parent Organization Network, attended the first meeting of the consortium in late January in Arlington, Va.

Dr. Lisa Gates, director of the MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and the SDSU Leadership Minor, led a training on Feb. 4 with an African delegation on leadership where she presented “The Dynamic and Changing Nature of Leadership: A Focus on Equity and Compassion.” Part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the delegation included public officials, academics, NGO leaders and others representing 14 countries.

“I consider myself so privileged to have been invited to spend time discussing current issues in leadership with these brilliant delegates,” Gates said.

Student accomplishments

➤ Ángel Gonzalez, a doctoral student in the Ed.D. community college leadership program, was named recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award on behalf of the NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community. He will be recognized at the NASPA national convening later this spring.

“Ángel is a true champion for equity and social justice, particularly for queer Latinx students and professionals,” said Dr. Marissa Vasquez, assistant professor in ARPE. “In his short time in our program, he has published peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented at national conferences, taught in our MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership program — all while working, taking courses and writing his dissertation. I have no doubt that he'll continue to shine along his academic and professional journey.”

Faculty and staff accomplishments 

➤ Dr. Sonia Peterson, assistant professor in ARPE, published an article exploring the history and impact of the rehabilitation counseling profession in “Counseling Today,” the magazine of the American Counseling Association. Read the article here.
➤ The following faculty members received 2020 University Grants Program (UGP) awards: Dr. Kelsey Dickson (CFD), Dr. Sarah Garrity (CFD), Dr. Sera Hernandez (DLE), Dr. Nicholas Johnson (STE), Dr. Sesen Negash (CSP) and Dr. James Wright (EDL). Funded through the CSU Chancellor's Office, the SDSU Provost’s Office, the SDSU Research Foundation and the Adams Humanities Endowment, UGP allows faculty to bring advanced projects to conclusion and facilitates development of a research program that may be competitive for extramural funding.

 ➤ Dr. Valerie Pang, professor in STE, was selected as a presenter in the CSU webinar, “Preparing Teachers for Diverse Classrooms.” The webinar is scheduled for March 20 at 10 a.m.