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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Herrera Villarreal Joins National Alliance to Bolster Latinx STEM Inclusion

Dr. Felisha Herrera Villarreal

San Diego State University’s Felisha Herrera Villarreal is part of a major push funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase representation among Latinx students in STEM education.

The agency recently announced a $50 million investment to create five new NSF INCLUDES Alliances: multi-institutional collaborative partnerships across the public, private and academic sectors aimed at broadening access for underrepresented groups to science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

COE STORIES: DLE Graduate Student Marlene Marín

Marlene Marin

DLE graduate student Marlene Marín

A Message from Dean Y. Barry Chung: Welcome Back to Campus!

Y. Barry Chung
Back in July, I returned to my office in the Education and Business Administration building full-time after 16 months of working from home. Returning felt like opening up a time capsule: I found water still in my coffee pot (yikes!) and a plant in the corner that was — remarkably — still alive. It felt great to be back, even if the campus was still mostly empty. Today feels even better as San Diego State University is bustling with life once again on the first day of in-person Fall classes. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

MFT Program Breaks Down Mental Health Barriers for Communities of Color

Angel-Lynna Tran and Ayuja Dixit. Photo by Ian Ordonio.

Angel-Lynna Tran grew up in Stockton, Calif., raised by a single mother in a traditional Vietnamese American household. On the surface, hers was a story of success. She excelled in school and became a first-generation college student upon her acceptance to San Diego State University.

What others couldn’t see — and what Tran herself couldn’t identify or address until years later — is that she was battling depression and anxiety.

“Coming from an Asian community, we didn't talk about mental health and we didn't talk about feelings,” said Tran, a 2021 graduate of SDSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) master’s program who now works as a school-based therapist. “You go to school, you get your work done and, as long as you get good grades, your parents are happy. I knew there was something I was struggling with, but I didn’t know how to name it.” 

COE DIFFERENCE MAKERS: Dr. Kelsey Dickson Bridges Research and Practice

Dr. Kelsey Dickson
Dr. Kelsey Dickson. Photo by Ian Ordonio.

Dr. Kelsey Dickson proudly considers herself a “pracademic” — a practitioner and an academic in equal parts. An assistant professor in San Diego State University’s Department of Child and Family Development (CFD), Dickson is also a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in serving youth with behavioral health conditions in community service settings.

The word community is key.

“In CFD, we're not just people who are on campus doing what we do in our labs,” said Dickson, a former clinical psychologist at Rady Children’s hospital. “Our laboratory is the community. We want to make sure that the work we do is really driven by that, and really impacts the community. That's my favorite part of my job.”

Meet the Incoming COE Faculty for Fall 2021

Drs. Toni Saia, Patricia Sanchez Lizardi, Jeff Brown and Jenn Karnopp

The College of Education is excited to welcome four new faculty members joining us for the fall semester!

New Sweetwater Superintendent Has SDSU, Transborder Roots

Moises Aguirre

Dr. Moises Aguirre (’05, ’15) has an intimate understanding of education’s power to change lives and circumstances. The son and grandson of migrant farmworkers from the Imperial Valley, he is the first person in his family to finish high school, graduate from college and earn his doctorate — the latter accomplishment completed in San Diego State’s University’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (PK-12 concentration) program. 

“There's this sense of firsts,” Aguirre said. “My parents didn't achieve more than a middle school education in Mexicali, Mexico. So I acknowledge a sense of amazing responsibility that comes from the fact that I was able to obtain an education. 

“It’s a responsibility to future generations to ensure that we provide education that allows for upward mobility. We need to help students find their passion and find their voice.” 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Olney’s Award-Winning Psychiatric Rehabilitation Work Inspired by Experience

Dr. Marjorie Olney
Dr. Marjorie Olney, professor in ARPE. Photo by Ian Ordonio.

Dr. Marjorie Olney has spent 19 years at San Diego State University training rehabilitation counseling professionals to improve the lives of people living with mental illness.

She has also spent the past 19 years closely guarding a secret. 

Olney, professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE), is the architect of SDSU’s programs in psychiatric rehabilitation — a field that supports the recovery, community integration and workforce participation of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. It’s a lasting legacy for which she will receive the 2021-22 Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions on Aug. 19.

Yet her passion for the field didn’t develop out of mere academic fascination or clinical experience.