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Dear Faculty Members,

Our annual division Retreat Week on June 14-18 will be a celebration of our work and our students. We plan to highlight signature events, including MOMENTUM, Student Voices, and now C.A.R. We will also introduce new initiatives linked to our efforts to amplify our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts – such as the newly established P.A.L. program and the SSH Faculty DEI Studio.

Each year, we will highlight a course during our retreat – this year's course will be Creative Mind, so join us as we experience Sip & Paint on hump day Wednesday! And because this is a "week of pride for SSH," this will be an opportunity to celebrate your work throughout the year, acknowledge milestones and be festive with our graduates. We will do this at the Official Kickoff on June 14 and during the virtual Graduation Celebration gathering on June 18.

You are invited to attend any or all of the events on the schedule below. I hope you enjoy the week and let me know if you have any questions.

I am proud of all our work and the relationships we have built with our students as mentors and guides of their academic journey.

Elvin T. Ramos, Dean

  • Monday

    Monday, June 14

    Wellness Morning Hike

    • Rancho San Antonio
    • 9-11 a.m.

    Want to start your week with a boost? Join us members of the Social Sciences and Humanities faculty on a morning wellness hike at Rancho San Antonio. Say hello to familiar faces in person while social distancing. Share your journey this past year as you create healthy hobbies or wellness routine that worked for you during shelter in place. If you are joining us meet up will be at 8:30am, the group will start walking at 9am. You can always catch up!

    Family Lunch with the Chairs and the Dean


    Join us for a free box lunch with the department chairs and Dean Ramos. If you are interested in some goodies/giveaways and want to fill your belly, you can sign up for this SSH family gathering across from the De Anza campus. You must register to reserve lunch. But if you just want to stop by and say hello, feel free to stop by!

    Retreat Week Official Kickoff

    • 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Hosted by Laura Chin, featuring DJ Zeke

    We are officially kicking off our Retreat Week with some music and a virtual DJ. Learn about the week-long Social Sciences and Humanities Division Retreat schedule at this session. Join Dean Ramos and Laura Chin as they provide important information regarding the retreat, plans for returning to campus, and other end-of-year news. You don’t want to miss this session. Also, join us for some fun and games. You can win a gift card!

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday, June 15

    Breakthroughs Faculty Studio: The “W.H.O.L.E.” Experience With Dr. Morris Thomas

    • 1-2:30 p.m.
    • Meeting ID: 975 6911 5057
    • Passcode: 883495

    The W.H.O.L.E. experience is designed to explore Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through an iterative and intentional instructional design and delivery conceptual framework. W.H.O.L.E. is an acronym for Welcoming, Holistic, Open, Liberating and Empowering. Despite broadly understanding DEI, it is often difficult for faculty members to apply or articulate if they are applying this important work within their courses. This experience is designed to increase DEI’s transparency in instructional design and delivery. Through examples, discussion and application, participants will identify best and promising practices to further foster DEI in learning environments. This experience will draw from the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Significant Learning, Andragogy, and the ENHANCE Learning Model theories and research. 

    Division Meeting With Student Voices

    • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Hosted by the SSH Equity Core Team

    This two-hour portion of our SSH Division Meeting is a listening session for our faculty members, concerning student experiences of mental health and reflections on the mind/body aspects as well as student/faculty interactions in the classroom space. The purpose is to enlighten faculty members about student experiences of their mental health challenges, especially as we transition back into physical classrooms. 

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday, June 16

    The P.A.L. Program

    • 10-11 a.m.
    • Hosted by Latosha Baldwin and PAL members

    The Peer Assisted Learning program was developed with different academic support methods in mind such as the Embedded Tutor and the Supplemental Instruction model. It is currently being piloted in SSH Division. We took a look at our courses across division and decided to select those which need to close the equity gap by implementing the peer-to-peer model. Anecdotally, students have reported that they respond better to their peers versus their instructors. In the past, SSH has implemented similar programs in varying ways that have shown to be successful. We want to continue to provide avenues for our students and support our equity initiatives. We call our tutors PALs – Peer Assistant Leaders. We are excited about this program and can't wait to share more! 

    Course Highlight: The Creative Mind / Sip & Paint

    • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Led by Bordin Marsinkul
    • Meeting ID: 964 3689 4591

    Bordin Marsinkul is an accomplished lifelong artist. As a graduate of the Academy of Art with a BFA in Visual Development, he worked for Lucas Arts, Disney, Imaginative Inc, ARCHAIA Entertainment LLC, and Sakura Of America. For the last 13 years, Bordin has been an independent creator and teacher. Bordin attends multiple conventions ranging from comic book conventions and animation conventions. He is the director of San Francisco Japantown’s Mini Art Mart where he helps small artists sell their creations. Art is a way of life for Bordin. Art is something that people can not only see, but also feel in their hearts and minds.

  • Thursday

    Thursday, June 17

    Mindfulness and Meditation


    The Mindfulness Meditation Group was organized by members of the Social Sciences/Humanities Equity Core Team and has been meeting weekly since December 2020. Studies indicate that the regular practice of mindfulness and meditation provides benefits including: reduced stress, increased focus, positive mood, decrease of mental health issues like depression and anxiety, increased empathy for self and others. We meet each Thursday at 2 p.m. on Zoom. All members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, administrators) are welcome, regardless of experience in meditation. It is a space we hold for each other to simply "be" and be present in community and to rest. For our retreat week, our meeting will consist of a short meditation to get acclimated, introductions, then a longer guided meditation, followed by sharing of experiences of the meditation. Come on by and try it out, we hope to see you there. For any questions or to join our weekly group, message  Jim Nguyen at 

    C.A.R. – Conversation, Application, Reflection

    • 4-6 p.m.
    • Hosted by Ameeta Tiwana
    • Meeting ID: 975 6911 5057
    • Passcode: 883495

    C.A.R. is back – this time using a more integrated approach! Let us rejoin for conversations, applications and reflections around equity, inclusion, and diversity. The conversations will incorporate the readings, the Student Voices, and the Momentum series. Disciplines will determine the application(s) and reflect/assess the outcomes. Applications will not be limited to the classroom but extend beyond to the communities on campus and beyond. Join to hear directly from the authors of the books as we prepare to launch CAR 2.0 in the fall.

  • Friday

    Friday, June 18

    MOMENTUM with Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes

    • 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Facilitated by Dean Elvin Ramos and Wendy White
    • Meeting ID: 919 6033 3606
    • Passcode: 070435

    Lloyd HolmesDuring this intimate session, President Holmes will speak about his journey to the college presidency. He will share about his experiences as an Aspen Fellow and will reflect on his first year at De Anza College. Dr. Holmes will also share highlights and challenges in this role especially while leading during a global pandemic. President Holmes is a champion of student success and will also share his knowledge and experience on how we can amplify our work, as faculty or members of the college community to solidify our equity, diversity and inclusion activities for all our students.

    SSH End of Year and Graduation Celebration


    Join us for a dazzling Social Sciences and Humanities Year-End Celebration/Graduation, hosted by the Mistress of Ceremony, Laura Chin (Political Science) and DJ Zeke (Swift Studios), and featuring our SSH graduates and Mark Healy (Psychology). There will be lots of fun and exciting games with prizes. Please attend this incredible celebration of our students. We can’t wait to see you!

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