2012 Conference Program

7th Annual Partners in Learning Conference 2012
Please join us for student-facilitated Questionshops. Help cultivate deeper forms of community among our students and colleagues at De Anza.

Imagining and Cultivating Communities Hands

Friday, March 2, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Rooms A & B

Presenters and attendees will receive PGA/PAA credit (FT) and stipends (PT)

Please Register by Friday, Feb. 24!
E-mail Mary Kay Englen at staffdevelopment@deanza.edu

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who pre-register.

About the Questionshops

Staff, faculty and administrators will have the opportunity to share ideas during highly interactive sessions focused on the power of community. In each session, “presenters” will pose a question in 15 minutes or less, and then trained student facilitators will engage participants in a discussion to more deeply explore the question.

All De Anza staff, faculty, and administrators were encouraged to submit workshop question proposals consistent with the conference theme.

Opening: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 8:30 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast in Conference Rooms A and B

 9:00 a.m.  Welcome activity with Martin de Mucha Flores

Session 1: 9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The Not-So Model Minority: Enhancing Success for Underserved Asian American Pacific Islander Students

Question:  Given the deeply pervasive stigma of the model minority myth, what can we do to INCLUSIVELY serve the students in our community who don't fit this stereotype, but are inevitably overlooked because of this label?
Presented by
: Christine Chai, IMPACT AAPI Assistant program director, ESL and Asian American Studies

Location: ADMN-109

Building an Academic Comfort Zone

Question: What is a mentor’s role in building community? And how does it improve classroom management and student success?
Presented by
: LEAD Mentors

Location: ADMN-119

We’re All in this Together, Aren’t We?

Question: How can managers work collaboratively with staff and faculty to create and sustain community?
Presented by
: Anita Kandula, Dean, Biological, Health, Environmental Sciences & Workforce Education Division; Gregory Anderson, Dean, Learning Resources

Location: California History Center

Creating Community Across the Curriculum: Supporting Students with Basic Skills Needs in Transfer Courses

Question: What do faculty outside of the traditional basic skills departments (math, reading, writing and ESL) need to know and do to support and engage students with basic skills needs?
Presented by
: Diana Alves de Lima, Co-Director, Student Success Center; Amy Leonard, English; Sarah Lisha, Reading; Jen Myhre, Sociology and FYE

Location: L-22

Does De Anza Need a Poor People’s Club?

Question: For every ten poor students who get into college, only one finishes. Because poverty and unemployment are shameful, people do their best to “pass” as middle class and when they can’t, rather than speak up, they slide out of sight. Would a students-only club be best or could students, faculty, and staff all benefit from such a club?
Presented by
: Lita Kurth, English

Location: L-25

Bringing the Social From Social Networks into the Classroom

Question: How do we bring the social from social networks into our classroom in meaningful and sustainable ways to create a student driven engaging and empowering technology enhanced learning community?
Presented by
: Shagun Kaur, Speech Communication and Journalism

Location: Multicultural Center-14

Session 2: 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Teaming Up for Student Success

Question: How can we approach students' educational needs in ways that are culturally relevant & responsive while incorporating best practices in a spirit of community and efficient interrelationship? A discussion and dialogue focusing on enhancing the interface between great ideas, talented educators, various teaching/learning resources on the De Anza campus and the challenging academic dilemmas we often face.

Presented by: David Coleman, Counselor and Co-Coordinator of Sankofa Scholars; Edmundo Norte, Dean, IIS; Julie Lewis, Faculty, Black Studies; Jessica Hamilton, ICS; Ulysses Pichon, Faculty Emeritus and Co-coordinator of Sankofa Scholars; William Madden, Academic Advisor and Co-coordinator of Sankofa Scholars

Location: Multicultural Center-14

What Does Community Sound Like?

Question: What positive actions can you take each day to acknowledge individual students, while inspiring colleagues to follow your lead?
Presented by
: Melissa Aguilar, Co-Director, Student Success Center; Ricardo Delgado, SSC Instructional Support Technician, Alerie Flandez, Academic Advisor; Phong Lam, Academic Advisor

Location: L-22

Creating Community on Campus by Easing into Service Learning

Question: How do I get started with community and civic engagement in my classroom?
Presented by
: Marc Coronado, LEAD Community Coordinator, English; Doli Bambhania, Mathematics

Location: ADMN-119

Would You Teach Differently if You Didn’t Have to Give Grades?

Question: Can the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) process, have the potential to capture more learning-centered models of academic merit at the course, program and institutional levels?
Presented by
: Toño Ramirez, Philosophy

Location: ADMN-109

What Can We Do to Build Community for our Older Students?

Question: What are some concerns expressed by students who are older than 30? What can we do to help them fully participate in the college?
Presented by
: Nancy Olson, Anthropology; Alex Ceseski, student

Location: Don Bautista

Connecting Biology to Our Day-to-Day Lives and the Lives of Our Communities

Question: How can we improve our students’ success in science classes and help them discover fundamental biological principles in the most basic of their day to day tasks and in their lives at home in their communities?
Presented by
: Judy Cuff-Alvarado, Biology

Location: California History Center

The Cultural Capital Crisis: Building Community While Responding to the Realities of Our Students’ Lives

Question: How does lack of social and cultural capital prevent some students from engaging fully in an academic community? How do social structures impact the way our students feel part of a classroom community? How does our social class, attitude and privilege create a barrier to building strong communities in the classroom and beyond?
Presented by
: Paula Silva, Puente Project Co-Coordinator; Jesus "Chuy" Quintero, FYE, English; Alicia Cortez, Puente Project Co-Coordinator and Counselor

Location: L-25

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch provided for pre-registered participants, presenters, and facilitators in Conference Rooms A and B and may be purchased in the cafeteria for those not pre-registered. 

Session 3: 1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Math Communities: From Struggles to Snuggles

Question: How do we encourage the building of faculty and student communities that improve student experience in developmental math and statistics?
Presented by
: Diane Mathios, Steve Wolfe and Doli Bambhania, Mathematics

Location: ADMN-119

Celebrating the Student and Cultivating Community

Question: How can we honor our students' own challenges and celebrate our students' accomplishments to cultivate a sense of community?
Presented by
: Husne Jahan, English

Location: Don Bautista

On Fostering a Sense of Community Among Faculty

Question: How could we build lasting community among faculty within departments and across campus at De Anza?
Presented by
: Jeff Schinske, Biology

Location: L-25

ESL Students as Leaders in Creating Community at De Anza

Question: How can we help ESL students take the lead in creating a genuine sense of the global community at De Anza?
Presented by
: Kanako Suda, Listening and Speaking Center Staff; Tuyen Huynh, Chris Zhang, and Yuki Ohira, students

Location: L-22

Cultural Humility as a Pathway to Equity

Question: How can we support our students in moving beyond diversity awareness or a desire to achieve cultural “competence” to a deeper sense of cultural humility and a commitment to shared quality or equity in our community?
Presented by
: Veronica Neal, Director of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Transformation

Location: ADMN-109

Power, Conflict, and Connection: Developing the Vision & Tools for Creating Compassionate, Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Question: How can we use the principles, assumptions, and behavioral tools of Nonviolent Communication, together with a critical framework for understanding our roles and responsibilities when we hold different positions of power, to develop a way of engaging conflict that results in greater mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual connection?
Presented by
: Edmundo Norte, Dean, Intercultural International Studies

Location: Multicultural Center-14

Embracing with Dignity People Who are Mentally Different

Question: What are some ways that we can be more welcoming and accepting of the wide variety of mental ways of being among the faculty, staff and students who are members of our community? How can we authentically engage with each other across mental differences on our campus?
Presented by
: Andrew Phelps, Mathematics; Cynthia Kaufman, Director Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Location: California History Center

Closing: 3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Harvesting, Reflecting and Raffle!!

Planning Committee

 Classified Staff


The Institute of Community & Civic Engagement, Classified & Academic Senates,
Office of Instruction, Staff & Organizational Development, Learning Resources Division

A sense of community … signifies the presence of an agenda of common caring and grace. This agenda of common caring embraces a love for soul, for standard, and for system. There is a caring for the individuals in the community, for those whose welfare is held in trust. There is a caring for a standard of excellence and integrity. And there is a caring for the policy and physical systems in which men and women relate in both work and play. Central to the essence of community is the other face of love, which is forgiveness.

 E. Grady Bogue

The simple truth about community is that it gathers around such personal virtues shared and multiplied. That truth becomes more pointed when we turn it around: community cannot, and will not, gather around smallness of mind, tightness of heart, banality of spirit, frenzy masquerading as efficiency, myopic views of reality, faddish techno-babble, obsession with the bottom line, or the fear that is masked by arrogance in too many intellectuals' lives.

Parker J. Palmer

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