HSI Speaker Series



HSI Speaker Series Professional Development at San Diego Mesa College

The HSI Speaker Series is part of the campus' Hispanic Serving Institution Title V Grant and Equity Efforts.  The Speaker Series brings professionals to campus who are focused on issues of transformation of practices to address the cultural needs of our students.  Workshops challenge participants to think differently and engage on a different level with our students.

Fall 2016

Crafting Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies for Classrooms Across Disciplines

Dr. Asao B. Inoue, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Washington State University

HSI speaker Asao Inoue portrait

This workshop will offer ways to cultivate antiracist writing assessment ecologies in classrooms across disciplines that assign and assess writing by students. Participants will consider theories of whiteness and whiteliness alongside other theories and practices of judgment and race. There will be materials and resources offered so that participants can continue thinking about and designing their own courses after the workshop.

Presenter: Dr. Asao B. Inoue is Director of University Writing and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma, and a member of the Executive Board of Council of Writing Program Administrators. Among his various articles and chapters on writing assessment and race and racism studies, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in RTE, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. More recently, his book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) is published by WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. He has guest co-edited a special issue of College English on writing assessment as social justice, coming out in the fall of 2016, and is currently finishing a co-edited collection on the same topic.

Creating Community in a Diverse College Environment 

Lee Mun Wah, CEO and Founder of StirFry Seminars
September 9, 2016

Practical techniques on developing and strengthening alliances and a sense of community between multicultural groups, with a focus on how to create an environment of trust and a sense of community where similarities and differences are valued, acknowledged, and considered useful. Participants will be taken through a series of exercises that will help them learn more about others and what each has to offer that is uniquely theirs. In addition, opportunities will be provided for participants to share the stories and life experiences that have shaped and impacted who they have become, as well as their aspirations for the future. Participants will be given tools to aid in building and maintaining alliances interpersonally and cross-culturally; strategies to motivate and retain multicultural groups; techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications; ways to integrate mainstream cultures with new entries into the workplace; techniques on the art of listening & responding; and Nine Healthy Ways To Communicate.

Speaker Lee Mun Wah with a microphonePresenter: Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folk teller educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer. For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues. Lee Mun Wah is now the Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques. Thousands of people from government and social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions have taken Lee Mun Wah’s workshops and partnered with Stirfry Seminars & Consulting on their diversity initiatives.

Transforming Ourselves to Become Culturally Inclusive Educators
Dena R. Samuels, Ph.D.
For a link to watch the recorded presentation, please contact Monica Romero

Increasing Student Success through Course Redesign & Advising
Rudy J. Sanchez, Ph.D. & Ms. Santacruz Dudley - CSU Fresno

What does being an HSI College mean for me?  Implications for my Practice.
Jeannie Kim-Han, M.A.