Tag Archives: Higher Education

A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 5): Ways to Help

(This is the fifth of a five part series. Feel free to read part one, part two, part three, part four.) More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from a United States high school each year. Since day one, society imposes the idea to future generations of students and their families that education is the key to […]

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The Menace of “Blunt Instruments” in Higher Education

Approximately a month ago, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA Championship in 40 years with star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Since their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, was plagued by injuries, the final outcome was not terribly surprising. What was unexpected were the contributions of a few key backup players. […]

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Transitioning to the Postdoc

As of July 1st this year I said goodbye to USC after having been there for almost 5 years and started my new position as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.  I’ll be focusing on the governance of public higher education and fusing that with my interests in access, equity, and inclusion in […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 4): No One Understands Me

(This is a five part series. Read Part One here, part two here, and part three here.) I volunteered after school, during the summer, and even on the weekends for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and City of Anaheim’s Youth Group. I kept this up until I went to high school and there I joined […]

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Can Vietnamese Higher Education Become a Success Story?

Before the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Institute begins on July 22 in Taiwan, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). It is a beautiful and culturally-vibrant city, with gorgeous tree-lined streets that offer a welcome change from arid Los Angeles, sobering […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 3): The Rough Road to Graduation

(This is third in a five part series. Read PART ONE and PART TWO) The next three years weren’t going to be easy, but I had to do everything I possibly could to be ready for the challenge. I decided to be very proactive and think strategically of ways to prepare for the upcoming years. […]

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The Importance of International Perspectives on Education

From June 21 to August 1, I will be attending the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnerships Institute in Taiwan.  I am looking forward to the event, as I have not had many opportunities to travel outside of the United States since I received my Masters of Education degree in 2011 from the University of […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 2): Navigating My First Year in College

(This is a five part series.  Read PART ONE) My first year in college was in 2007.  It felt like an intense roller coast ride where at times I felt like my life was ready to change tracks on me at any time. First, I migrated 300 miles away from home to pursue my college […]

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The State of Writing Instruction in Higher Education – Do We Really Care?

During the month of June, I had the privilege to teach writing classes for the Pullias Center’s SummerTIME program for the second year.  Although the time required to teach writing (on top of my research and coursework responsibilities) makes the summer a little hectic, I always look forward to the program.  I miss teaching a […]

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Micro-Aggressions: A Form of Continued Racism

Every year we take a trip to Las Vegas with my in-laws. On one of these trips, I took my two sons to the hotel pool. After swimming for a little while I noticed that my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who are African American, were sitting at a table next to the pool. I wondered why […]

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