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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

COE STORIES: Joint Doctoral Program Student Connor Nesseler

Connor Nesseler

Drawing on his own teenage struggles, Joint Ph.D. Program in Education student Connor Nesseler is inspired to reach young people facing challenges. 

Video by Ian Ordonio.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

COE Set to Welcome Three International Scholars

Amurabi Oliveira, Raul Oliveira A. Paraná and María Luisa Pérez-Cañado
From left: Amurabi Oliveira, Raul Oliveira Albuquerque Paraná and María Luisa Pérez-Cañado.


Three international scholars in the field of education will bring their expertise, perspectives and research to the College of Education in Spring 2022 as part of San Diego State University’s Visiting Scholars Program. 

Scholarship Inspires School Counseling Student Jose Olvera to 'Shoot His Shot'

Jose Olvera

Jose Olvera grew up in San Marcos, California, in a low-income community beset by educational and health inequity. Now a graduate student in San Diego State University’s school counseling program, that background serves as his inspiration. 

In his research, Olvera studies educational resource disparities that place low income communities and communities of color at a disadvantage. His goal is to identify not only patterns, but also solutions that might eventually guide public policy. 

New Grant Highlights CCCE’s Commitment to Racial Justice

CBB trainees Bradford Noble and Jasmine Miles, CCCE administrative coordinator Leticia Estrella and CBB trainee Melissa Beal.
From left, CBB trainees Bradford Noble, Jasmine Miles and Melissa Beal and CCCE administrative coordinator Leticia Estrella. Photo by Ian Ordonio.

San Diego State University’s Center for Community Counseling and Engagement (CCCE) was one of six recipients of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego’s 2021 Racial Justice Grants. 

CCCE, which provides affordable mental health services in the diverse, low-income community of City Heights, received a $15,000 award. This is the church’s second annual Racial Justice Grants Cycle — an initiative to fund nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and are working to dismantle systemic racism in San Diego. 

COE DIFFERENCE MAKERS: Easing a Difficult Transition

Bonnie Kraemer

Bonnie Kraemer was fresh out of college when she got a position teaching at a state residential facility for people with developmental disabilities. It was an eye-opening experience. The more she interacted with her students — all of whom were older than her — the more she started thinking about the restrictive setting in which they lived. 

That led her to an uncomfortable question: Did it have to be this way? 

Aquino-Sterling Selected to National Cohort of DEI Leaders

Cristian Aquino-Sterling

When it comes to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education, Cristian Aquino-Sterling is a strong believer that it takes a village. 

“We don't live in a vacuum — we don't live on an island,” said the associate dean for diversity and international affairs in the San Diego State University College of Education. “And this work can't be done alone.” 

Local High School Students Get a Taste of Teacher Education

Sureya Haye, Olivia Fierro, and Adrienne Nicodemus
From left, Helix students Sureya Haye and Olivia Fierro and SDSU faculty member Adrienne Nicodemus.

On Dec. 2, educator Eric Ginsberg’s worlds collided in the best way possible. 

A faculty member in the San Diego State University School of Teacher Education (STE) for the past 13 years, Ginsberg has also taught English at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa for the past 22. In 2019, he was one of the teachers who launched a California Department of Education-funded program at Helix to form a future educator pathway to engage and equip students interested in the teaching profession. 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Rodrigo Gutierrez

Rodrigo Gutierrez