(L-R) UC Berkeley, Civic Leadership Project Summer 2018; Johns Hopkins Civic Leadership Project 2018; Barbara Carrasco LA Nature History Museum Talk September 2018
Johns Hopkins & UC Berkeley Civic Leadership Summer 2018: Professional Development Underwent training, and then taught an advanced course in Service, Leadership & Community Transformation. I challenged students to learn in new ways and apply their skills in real-world settings. Several times a week, in their class groups, our class engaged in service projects that span neighborhoods, organizations, and approaches to addressing social problems. As a residential instructor, I collaborated with nationwide educators and organizations. I bridged social justice critical theory and philosophy with community service/engagement.
8 October 2018 Indigenous People's Day Los Angeles, 5K Run - Inaugural Event
September 2018 Commissioned Mural "Un Mundo Donde Quepan Muchos Mundos" EZLN Artist: Michelle Ruby "Mr. BBaby"
Continued ceramic projects and skills, working out of East LA college studio, under instruction/mentorship of Chris Turk
With Academy Award Winning Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, at ceramic supply store
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA September 2017 - January 2018 The initiative of Latina/o- and Latin America-centered exhibitions and programs is taking place across Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, including the South Bay/LAHC community. This is a truly exciting time to be in Southern California. With the openings and events, I continue to expose and engage student's participation. Since Sept 2017, I have attended the following: - Laura Aguilar retrospective at VPAM - the opening for the La Raza, and Chicano Male Unbonded, photography exhibitions at the Gene Autry Museum - the opening for the UCLA/Hammer Museum Radical Women Celebrationexhibition - the opening of ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, at La Plaza Museum -Kukuli Velarde: Plunder Me, Baby, at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) - Union Station unveiling of Barbara Carrasco's mural, "LA History: A Mexican American Perspective" - Drawn from Clay, at Long Beach Community College (SUR: biennial)
And....I can't wait to see more, including: - Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, at Otis College - Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,at MOLAA -Mundos Alternos,- (science fiction, techno-culture & visual arts) at UCR ArtsBlock -Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco, at Scripps College
(L-R) Photographer, Star Montana; Photographer, Laura Aguilar; Photographer, Maria Varela
La Raza and Chicano Male Unbonded photography exhibitions at the Gene Autry Museum
UCLA professor, Dr. Joshua Guzman, and PhD candidate, Angie Bonilla, at Hammer Museum: Radical Women exhibit
Artist Barbara Carrasco, in front of her 1978 work, "Pregnant Woman in a Ball of Yarn," at Hammer Museum
ELAC Professor, Dr. Ruben Mendoza, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, Artist Barbara Carrasco, SBCC professor, Dr. Tomas Carrasco at the Vincent Price Museum, ELAC
Attended Octavia E. Butler Studies Conference with colleagues Stephanie Brown and Denise Dumars
23 June 2017: Huntington Library
- Provided Professional Development and Cultural Enrichment - New teaching resources for composition courses and for using Parable of the Sower for English 101
I use Native American writer, Sherman Alexie, in my ENG 102 class. The Los Angeles Aloud Series hosted talk in Little Tokyo on the 18th of July 2017. Colleague Christian Lozada also attended.
Provided professional and personal enrichment
Widened creative approaches to teaching literature
Provided storytelling inspiration
Ceramics and sculpting provide creative space and expression. I have developed hand building techniques, and currently, throwing more on the wheel.
Lead by colleague Stephanie Brown, I am participating in NaNoWriMo, along with Jean Grooms, Christian Lozada, Chris Mandia, Jennifer Tripplet, and Triana Rosas.
Friend and playwright, Dr. Rick Mitchell, wrote and directed "Anarchy/Chiapas," and I extended the invitation to students. I provided free tickets to all students who made to Highways performance space, in Santa Monica, to experience live theater, and many came.
- Supporting and exposing the arts to students is critical and professionally/personally rewarding.
Spring 2017: I organized a LAHC collective of women interesting in joining "Amigas Who Run" 5K from Boyle Heights to City Hall.
Active living and exercise contribute to healthy balance
29 April 2017 People's Climate March
Supported LAHC student leadership and organizing by marching along side them, from Banning Park to Tesoro Refinery. This event allowed for personal and professional growth. - Professionally, it contributed to student-centered curriculum building and community engagement.
29 March 2017 I attended a fundraiser at Church of the Epiphany, in Lincoln Heights, for Immigration Rights and Dreamer Students with Dolores Huerta.