MOMENTUM

The MOMENTUM series is a talk continuum and the Dean’s platform to engage the division in profound practice of mindfulness and actionable conversation – to bridge the equity gap, protect inclusivity, amplify social justice reform and intentionally address structural racism in our classrooms, college and the community.

MOMENTUM: A LECTURE SERIESThe purpose is to strengthen each other’s optimism, emotional control, empathy, perspective talk, prosocial goals and mindful attention.

It is a space to discuss and mobilize how we can better help our college’s work on policing equity and ending racism once and for all.


The Phenomenon of Compassion Fatigue

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Carlene FiderGuest: Carlene Fider, Core Faculty Member, Pacific Oaks College

Moderators: Jayanti Roy, Instructor, Child Development and Education, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 932 2250 8573
  • Password: 034 734

Members of Pacific Oaks College’s Human Development faculty will be joining us to discuss the phenomenon of compassion fatigue. We will unpack our feelings, emotions, roles, and perspectives on how we deal with life as is during this unprecedented times when everything we do is remote in an education space.

We will also talk about how to manage relationship remotely. In addition, this session will provide a deep dive conversation regarding how we can better ourselves while “shelter in place” and what value “mini appreciations” can do for all of us as we emerge from all the events happening around us and re-establish ourselves as a “new person”when the time comes and we are able to see each other again in person.


Modeling Vulnerability and Authenticity as a Classroom Strategy

Tuesday, March 2: 9:30-11 a.m.

Sal BreiterGuest: Sal Breiter, Instructor, Humanities

Moderators: Jayanti Roy, Instructor, Child Development and Education, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 985 1171 1611
  • Password: 569 318

Every single student in our classroom has the strength and capacity for growth and change. How do we facilitate this process with grace and clarity by making space for them to find an authentic voice and a sense of power? How do we encourage them to reflect on their life experiences, cultivate their curiosity, consider new ideas, make meaningful mistakes, and build their skills and knowledge? How can we affirm their character and competencies, encourage them to persevere, and build their skills for success? Is it possible that a teacher’s vulnerability and authenticity in their classrooms is an essential foundation that makes all of this possible? Let’s talk about this.


Policing, Social Media and Crisis Communications

Monday, March 8: 5-6:30 p.m.

Chris HsiungGuest: Chris Hsiung, Deputy Chief, Mountain View Police Department

Moderators: Mallory Lawlor, Instructor, Administration of Justice, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 928 1539 2738
  • Password: 869 138

Engaging the community has been a core value for law enforcement for decades. Digital engagement, however, is relatively new to law enforcement and government in general. Hear how the Mountain View Police Department leverages their digital platforms to engage, build trust, manage crisis incidents, and inform their community. Join us in a conversation with Chief Hsiung in a discussion about communications in the force and how the community can take advantage of shared knowledge about issues, concerns, and opportunities in administering justice. 


Black History Saved My Live

How Tragedy Can Lead to Triumph for Yourself and Your Community

Friday, March 19: 2-3:30 p.m.

Ernest CrimGuest: Ernest Crim III, Teacher, CEO and Author

Moderators: Michele LeBlue-Burns, Dean, Student Development, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 952 5820 6256
  • Password: 261 288

In 2020, the world changed forever on the racial front, as Black Lives Matter protests exploded globally. These issues were further exacerbated by the riots in Washington D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Where do we go from here? Join Ernest Crim III, author of the Amazon bestseller "Black History Saved My Life: How My VIral Hate Crime Led to an Awakening," for an engaging conversation on how to use these tragedies as the driving force and impetus for transforming yourself and your community. Crim will be using his own experience, as a person seeking justice following a viral hate crime attack in 2016, as the catalyst for this important and timely discussion.


Representation Matters 

Diversifying Our Children's Literature

Tuesday, March 23: Noon–1:30 p.m.

Khalil MunirGuest: Khalil Munir, Performer, Tap Dancer, Speaker and Author

Moderators: Fatemeh Zarghami, Instructor, Child Development and Education, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 941 2577 1467
  • Password: 537738

Khalil Munir weighed only one pound and four ounces at birth, due to his mother's drug addiction and her stress from dealing with his father’s incarceration. Munir grew up in South Philadelphia with many challenges, especially academically. He was put into a special education classroom in the second grade, and continued to struggle with reading. In the fourth grade, his learning disability teacher entered Munir in an oratorical contest as a way for him to challenge himself and his reading skills. He eventually won this contest, which led his teachers and mother to get him involved in the arts.

From age 11 to 19, Munir studied theater at a prestigious African American theater called Freedom Theater. While he was at the theater, acting forced him to navigate his reading challenges and different learning style. He was diagnosed with dyslexia. He really wanted to shine some light on dyslexia for children and others who have to overcome their adversities.

Munir wrote "The Crown is Yours" to let children know that they are born with a purpose in life and that their crown is theirs – they just have to have the courage to wear it. They gain that courage from their community uplifting them and pouring into them love and light. This MOMENTUM session is a storytelling event and a conversation about how representation matters.


Previous Events in the Series

WINTER 2021

Jennifer MyhreFeb. 17: Art and Social Justice

1500 Stories and more ...

  • Guest: Jennifer Myhre, Instructor, Sociology
  • Moderator: Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Morris ThomasFeb. 10: Increasing Inclusivity With the ENHANCE Learning Model 

  • Guest: Morris Thomas, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Howard University
  • Moderators: Ravjeet Singh, Instructor, Economics, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Veena JayadevaFeb. 1: The Intersection of Corporate and Personal Responsibilities

  • Guest: Veena Jayadeva, Assistant Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Guardian Life
  • Moderators: Latosha Baldwin, Instructor, Psychology, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Jason TengcoJan 27 – Building Coalitions With Messages of Hope

  • Guest: Jason Tengco, Former Coalitions Chief of Staff, Biden for President
  • Moderator: Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Fayola Charlet

Jan. 22 – The New Face of Criminal Justice

  • Guest: Fayola L. Charlet, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Nassau County, New York
  • Moderators: DuJuan GreenInstructor, Administration of Justice, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Janice SapigaoJan. 11 – Poetry and Activism

  • Guest: Janice L. Sapigao, 2020-21 Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County
  • Moderators: Mari Tapia, Instructor, Sociology, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Robert StockwellJan. 8 – Advocacy in Real Time: Role Modeling Civic Engagement

  • Guest: Robert Stockwell, Instructor, Political Science
  • Moderators: James Nguyen, Instructor, Political Science, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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