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.


Spring 2021 Events


The Quest to Advocate For and Retain a Diverse Faculty

Wednesday, May 12: 4–5:30 p.m.

Mayra CruzGuest: Mayra Cruz, Instructor, Child Development and Education

Moderators: Sal Breiter, Instructor, Humanities, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

  • Zoom ID: 979 9313 9506
  • Password: 892974

The California Community Colleges system is committed to faculty, staff and student diversity. Our commitment is to ensure students complete their academic goals and close gaps in educational attainments among disproportionately impacted student populations. Faculty and staff diversity is a driver for the educational achievement and social mobility of our students. At De Anza and in Social Sciences and Humanities, we continue our quest to ensure diversity in hiring faculty members and opportunities for all faculty members to succeed.

BIPOC faculty members at De Anza have experienced unique challenges and communication struggles affecting their retention. The college campus culture and practices can hinder faculty diversification. At this Momentum session, we will explore ways to advocate for, retain and support faculty members in the Social Sciences and Humanities and at our campus, to ensure that a diversity of voices creates a culture that contributes to student success. Together we will reframe the conversation by exploring the benefits of multiple world views and lived experiences, discussing systemic bias and antiracism for cultural change, and examining barriers to hiring and retaining a diverse faculty in our division. We will also discuss ways to enhance retention through mentorship and connection; and to share resources in support of our local effort in the development or review of hiring processes.


Heritage, Identity and Community –

The Voices and Strengths in Numbers

Wednesday, May 19: 9–10:30 a.m.

Naomi StoryGuest: Naomi Story, Founding Board Member and Executive Director, National Asian Pacific Islander Council

Moderators: Mylinh Pham, Instructor, History, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

  • Zoom ID: 926 4014 5975
  • Password: 873642

Naomi Okumura Story is a founding board member and executive director of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council. She comes to DeAnza College in celebration of the 2021 AAPI Heritage Month to discuss her work on mentoring and cultivating leaders in higher education. In this session, Story will speak about her journey and how this led to her passion and true understanding of how important it is to amplify heritage and identity, and to champion one’s influence and impact in any community. Furthermore, she will highlight and reflect on her role in NAPIC as she works to encourage, cultivate, engage and inform AAPI leaders in community colleges to be better advocate for policies, inclusivity and transformation.


Exploring Cultural Humility

Wednesday, May 26: 9–10:30 a.m.

Maleea JohnsonGuest: Maleea D. Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Carlow University

Moderators: Lori Clinchard, Instructor, Humanities, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

  • Zoom ID: 938 7260 5936
  • Password: 670110

What is cultural humility and how do we engage with students, colleagues, community members and those with different world views other than ourselves? Understanding the importance of developing a self-awareness of one’s own culture, background and experiences as well as appreciating various cultures can support being able to engage with a cultural humility spirit. We will discuss what cultural humility is by definition and sharing of experiences, participate in an individual activity that prompts each person to reflect on their own culture and how their lens influences their interactions with others, and conclude by reflecting on how a culturally humble approach can support the work each of us are doing.


Igniting Fire in Our Youth to Transform Systems

Wednesday, June 2: Noon–1:30 p.m.

Cassandra WilliamsGuest: Cassandra Williams, Clinical Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Moderators: Steve Nava, Instructor, Sociology, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

  • Zoom ID: 981 5665 6298
  • Password: 609429

The world is changing and transformational breakthroughs can come from many places: students, faculty, staff, administrators and our community. Once we start to leverage these learning environments and listen, we allow people to have a voice. Our current systems struggle to keep up with the world, so what are we waiting for? Now is the time to identify barriers and work together to create powerful systems that change with the times.


Black Deaf History: How Scholarship Became Personal

Monday, June 21: 10–11:30 a.m.

Sandra Jowers-BarberGuest: Sandra Jowers-Barber, Director of Humanities, University of the District of Columbia Community College

Moderator: Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

  • Zoom ID: 922 6822 5063
  • Password: 049942

This conversation will explore how Dr. Jowers-Barber began researching Black deaf history and the importance of connecting deaf and hearing scholars of color. She entered graduate school at Howard University for a master's and doctorate in History, three months after her wedding. Her husband brought four wonderful children to the marriage. One was a student at Kendall School, Gallaudet University's elementary school for deaf students. Dr. Jowers looked through one of her African American history books and in ASL (American Sign Language) asked: "Where are the Black deaf people?" That question became the focus of her research and she will share that journey with De Anza community during this session.


Previous Events in the Series

  • SPRING 2021

  • WINTER 2021

  • FALL 2020

  • SUMMER 2020

  • SPRING 2020

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