Free events for Equity Week March 1-3

Students, faculty and guests are invited to three events March 1-3 during an Equity Week hosted by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Wednesday, March 1
Brown Bag Lunch Series: Rose Borunda
Noon-1 pm, Eureka Hall 223
Based on the doctoral dissertations of Fermin Irigoyen and Viridiana Diaz, this free bilingual story download tells of several families’ experience with the educational system in the United States. Dr. Borunda will provide an overview of the story and the elements that are critical for families to know so they can, in turn, promote their children’s success.


Thursday, March 2
Free movie screening: “Stolen Education”
5:30-7:30 pm, Solano Hall 1010
“Stolen Education” documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950’s and changed the face of education in the Southwest. This event is co-sponsored by Dr. Enrique Alemán Jr., the President’s Office, the Serna Center and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

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Friday, March 3

One World Initiative Speaker Christine Sleeter
2-3:30 pm, Mariposa Hall 1000
“Global Perspectives on Inheritance”
Christine Sleeter, Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, will discuss her novel, “White Bread,” a multifaceted work in Critical Multiculturalism and Ethnic Studies through the lens of one teacher’s journey. Presented by One World Initiative at Sacramento State.


Friday, March 3

Leaders in Education Speaker Series: Darrick Hamilton

5-6 pm, Mariposa Hall 1001
In “The Political Economy of Race and Education: Why Economic Disparity Persists Even for High Achieving Black Americans,” equity expert Darrick Hamilton, Director of the Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, The New School in New York, will discuss how paternalism and public policy negatively impacts poor and black Americans.


Equity expert Darrick Hamilton to speak March 3

Darrick Hamilton is director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, The New School, New York.

Why do highly educated, high-achieving black Americans still exhibit large economic disparities? Equity expert Darrick Hamilton, director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, The New School in New York, comes to Sacramento State March 3 to discuss how the politics of personal responsibility and “neoliberal paternalism” tropes discourage public responsibility for the conditions of the poor and black Americans, instead encouraging punitive measures toward poor and black Americans.  His talk is 5-6 p.m. in Mariposa Hall 1001.

During his talk, “The Political Economy of Race and Education:  Why Economic Disparity Persists Even for High Achieving Black Americans,”  Dr. Hamilton will introduce an alternative frame — stratification economics — to better understand this paradox, and ultimately explore how the potential physical and psychological costs of stigma and individual agency in the context of racist or stigmatized environment may explain the limited role of education and income as a protective factor for blacks relative to whites.

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Dr. Hamilton is a faculty research fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, co-associate director of the Cook Center on Social Equity, and the immediate past-president of the National Economic Association (NEA). He is a stratification economist, whose work fuses scientific methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes. His scholarly contributions are evidenced by numerous peer reviewed publications, book chapters in edited volumes; opinion-editorial and popular press articles, funded research, public lectures, presentations and symposiums, service to professional organizations, and regular appearance in print and broadcast media.

Dr. Hamilton’s selected publications related to the topic:

Bilingual educators introduced to ‘Stories of Success’ to help immigrant students

(l-r): Dr. Rose Borunda, Olivia Gallardo, and Veronica O’Campo, at the California Regional Conference for Parents and Para-Educators

Veronica O’Campo, College Coordinator for the Migrant Education Advisor Program (MEAP), co-presented with Dr. Rose Borunda at the California Regional Conference for Parents and Para-Educators at the Sacramento Arden West Hilton on January 25. They presented to 20 Spanish-speaking paraeducators and parents about the recently completed bilingual publication, “Cuentos de Exito/Stories of Success.” The publication presents, side-by-side in Spanish and English, the story of an immigrant family’s challenges in getting to know and understand the educational system in the United States.

A lively discussion at the conference fostered knowledge about this free publication, which is available on the EDD Faculty Webpage. Participants were encouraged to share the publication with their friends, family and coworkers so that the story — which is a weaving of qualitative data from two CSUS doctoral dissertations by Dr. Fermin Irigoyen and Dr. Viridiana Diaz — can be credited for their foundational work.

While attending the one-day conference, Ms. O’Campo and Dr. Borunda connected with Dr. Borunda’s University of San Francisco doctoral mentor, Dr. Olivia Gallardo, retired faculty from CSU East Bay who is now working for P2Inspire. Dr. Gallardo and members of one of the Spanish speaking groups from Project Inspire in Los Angeles, along with MEAP Advisors from the Sacramento region, vetted “Cuentos de Exito” prior to publication.

Co-Authors of “Cuentos de Exito” will next present at the National Association of Chicana/o Scholars in Irvine, California. Dr. Borunda is a Professor and M.S. in Counseling and a member of the core faculty of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Sacramento State.


Dr. Lascher receives Livingston Faculty Lecture Award

lascher_dsc4848_printDr. Edward Lascher, professor of Public Policy and Administration and a member of the EdD program faculty, has been selected as the 2016-2017 recipient of the John C. Livingston Faculty Lecture Award. As part of the honor, conferred by the Sacramento State Faculty Senate, Dr. Lascher will deliver a lecture at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in the University Union Redwood Room.

The Livingston Award and Annual Lecture dates back to 1959 when the first Distinguished Faculty Convocation Address was given by John C. Livingston, a professor in the Department of Government from 1954 to 1982. In 1985 the Faculty Convocation was renamed in Professor Livingston’s honor. Recipients of this award are recognized for having transcended their disciplines and in so doing having positively affected the life of the University through their teaching, service, and or their creative and scholarly activities. In the process, the recipients must have also displayed a consistent, engaging collegiality and a strong commitment to students throughout their careers at California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Lascher received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1989 and was an associate Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1995.  In 1996, he joined the faculty at Sacramento State as one of the foundational members in the recently formed Masters Program in Public Policy and Administration. Professor Lascher’s research interests include insurance economics and policy and the effects of direct democracy on political outcomes—topics on which he has authored or coedited three books and numerous articles.

Dr. Lascher has served on the faculty senate, been a member of its executive committee, and chaired several of Senate’s ad hoc committees and working groups. He has been the recipient of his College’s Outstanding Teaching (2002) and Outstanding Research & Creative Activity (2016) Awards.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lascher and joining us for the annual Livingston Lecture on Feb. 20. A reception in Professor Lascher’s honor will be held immediately following the lecture.

Efforts to adopt California Indian Vetted Curriculum gaining support statewide

Pictured (l-r) are: Juliana Liebke, K-12 History-Social Science Curriculum Specialist, San Diego Unified School District; Rose Borunda, Professor, Sacramento State; Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, storytelling and California Indian education program author, Luiseno/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians; Maureen Lorimer, Professor, Cal Lutheran; Michelle Lorimer, Lecturer, CSU San Bernardino; Matt Hayes, History-Social Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education.

Progress toward adopting California Indian vetted curriculum for California students is gaining momentum, thanks to the collaborative efforts of California Indian cultural experts across the state.

With the engaged support and collaboration of Sacramento State’s Native American Faculty/Staff Advisory Council, including Professor Brian Baker of Ethnic Studies, David Ortega of Educational Opportunity Program, and Cecilia Chavez of ENIT (Ensuring Native Indian Traditions), Dr. Rose Borunda and Dr. Mimi Coughlin hosted California Indian experts and public school educators on September 26 for the purpose of introducing California Indian vetted curriculum. Opening the event was Thomas Lozano of the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of Enterprise Rancheria followed by the originator of this effort, Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raahl Salinan/ rumsien Ohlone. Other key presenters included Dr. Dale Allender and Dr. Margarita Berta-Avila; Dr. Maureen Lorimer of Cal Lutheran; Dr. Michelle Lorimer of CSU San Bernardino; Richard Johnson, Tribal Council Chairman of Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe; Dr. Beverly R. Ortiz, Cultural Services Coordinator, East Bay Regional Park District; Chelsea Gaynor, Individuals & Societies teacher, Student Council Advisor, Mitchell Middle; and concluded with a presentation by Connie Reitman-Solas, Executive Director of the Inter-tribal Council of California.

Another Curriculum Summit was held under the umbrella of the statewide California Indian Conference (CIC) at San Diego State on October 21. Dr. Borunda said the keynote speaker Merri Lopez-Keifer, a Gov. Brown appointee, as Commissioner to the Native American Heritage Commission, brought tears to her eyes when she noted that the California Indian Summits denote progress and speak to the resilience of California Indians who continue to make change in today’s world. For the first time, the Summits are being conducted in a groundswell of local support, where California Indians are providing school districts with curriculum and having an exchange with curriculum experts and teachers.

“It’s changing the way people talk about California Indians,” said Dr. Borunda, “infusing California Indian perspectives and curriculum so that all children can benefit from the depth of knowledge and wisdom of California Indians.”

Sacramento State Ed.D. Candidate Susan Olsen was one of the presenters at the San Diego summit, which also included local California Indian experts Michael Connolly Miskwish of the Kumeyaay Nation, Cathleen Chilcote Wallace of the Luiseño/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, and author Gary Robinson, who introduced his new historical novel, “Lands of our Ancestors.” Dr. Borunda’s new Research Assistant, Saima Nazir, promoted the San Diego CIC Summit and was successful in getting many educators to the event.

By request, Dr. Borunda and Dr. Coughlin previously presented at the invitation of Adam Jacobs, Student Coordinator of Diversity for Rudolph Steiner College (a Waldorf School). There were over 50 attendees at the April Curriculum Summit representing Waldorf teachers from Arizona, California, and Oregon. “We hope to do more regionalized trainings, given availability of funds, to connect educators with regional California Indian cultural experts,” said Dr. Borunda.

The proposed curriculum framework was prepared by Drs. Borunda and Coughlin from Sacramento State; Gregg Castro, Co-Coordinator of the Curriculum Summit; Michelle Lorimer of California State University, San Bernardino; Crystal Martinez-Alire, Elk Grove USD trustee; and author Beverly Ortiz.

“This collaboration is so important,” said Dr. Coughlin. “K-12 teachers are often eager to teach more accurate and complete information about California Indians but may not know how.  Building teacher capacity through dialogue with Native Elders and content experts is a powerful reform strategy.”

(l-r): Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raah Salinan/ rumsien Ohlone, Co-Coordinator of Curriculum Summit; Elonda Castro, supporter and wife of Gregg; Beverly Neddeau, sister of  Dr. Browning Neddeau; Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, Luiseno/San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians & presenter; Dr. Browning Neddeau, Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay;  Dr. Rose Borunda, Professor at Sacramento State and Co-Coordinator of Curriculum Summit; Monica White, Patrick White’s daughter; Patrick White, Jefferson Elementary School.

Foster youth a focus of alum’s new charter school


Another alumnus of the Sacramento State Doctorate in Educational Leadership is creating change to benefit students. Cesar Castaneda, Ed.D., who graduated with Cohort 6 in 2015, is the co-founder and director of business operations for Atkinson Academy Charter School in the Sacramento area.

Building on his dissertation research, Dr. Castaneda helped design the school’s educational program and charter petition, which was granted by the San Juan Unified School District in January 2016. Atkinson Academy Charter School opened in August.

The school’s mission is to empower students to achieve their highest potential. The online format provides many students with the flexibility they need.

Foster youth, in particular, benefit from the school’s format. California identifies foster youth as one of three populations named “targeted disadvantaged pupils” due to their low achievement. Atkinson Academy’s goal is to help all of our students gain the core belief and the value that education adds quality to their life, Dr. Castaneda said.

“With socio-emotional techniques to engage typical vulnerable students, we hope to gain the trust and build strong relationships that would create transformation in our students through high expectations and leadership invested in change.

“The greatest achievement that I feel we can accomplish,” he said, “is to make a difference in a person’s life in a way that impacts and transforms them from who they are to what they want to be.”


College affordability advocate Sara Goldrick-Rab to speak Jan. 27

sara-goldrickThe problem of paying for college is causing thousands of young adults to drop out before earning a degree, a disheartening truth that must change if the nation is to have the educated workforce it needs, argues sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab. She comes to Sacramento State Jan. 27 to share solutions to the problem of college affordability and financial aid access. She speaks at 4 p.m. in Hinde Auditorium in the University Union. The event, sponsored by the Doctorate in Educational Leadership, is free and open to the public.

For nearly a decade, Goldrick-Rab tracked 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in Wisconsin, with the goal of understanding college affordability and its impact on graduation rates. The results of her study are revealed in her book, “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream,” which demonstrates that college students drop out overwhelmingly because they cannot afford the price. Dr. Goldrick-Rab will sign copies of her book before the event at 3:30 pm.


Of the students Goldrick-Rab and her team followed, half dropped out of school, and less than twenty percent finished a bachelor’s degree in five years. Additional grant money helped alleviate some of the cost, but was rarely enough. The study revealed that students rarely finish college when their costs are not fully covered; and if they do, it takes them longer than it should, and they graduate with a substantial amount of debt.

“In the past, students and families who worked hard stood a real chance of attaining a college degree, a ticket to the good life.  Today, the promise of a college degree no longer holds true,” Goldrick-Rab says. “Millions enroll in higher education with plans to work, borrow, and save, only to find that their funds still fall short.  Even living on ramen, doubling up with roommates, and working a part-time job isn’t enough to make ends meet.”

Goldrick-Rab offers a number of possible solutions, from changing the content and timing of FAFSA forms, to allowing more flexibility in how students can use their awarded aid money, to funding a public sector-focused “first degree first” program. She also addresses how housing and food insecurity adds to the problem of college affordability.

Goldrick-Rab is the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s first laboratory aimed at improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education, and is Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. She coauthored “Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability,” and has written on education issues for the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @saragoldrickrab.

See her recent appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, during which she discusses her study of 10 community colleges nationwide, which found that 13 percent of those community college students were homeless.

(The California Faculty Association recently issued a similar report on disinvestment and its impact on students in ‘The People’s University’, “Equity Interrupted:How California Is Cheating Its Future.”)

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