Tag Archives: Kristan Venegas

Fresh Starts

In my December post, I wrote about my social media exhaustion and selective silence about issues of race, power, and social justice in the US. I wrote a little bit about some administrative experiences I’ve had, too, so I was nervous about that blog going out. I barely slept the night before it posted. The […]

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Teaching and Grading

Over the last two days, I graded 28 student papers. And I enjoyed it. It was great to see the growth of my students’ ideas and further development of their writing skills in just five weeks. I was sharing about how much I enjoyed grading these papers with another group of college students and more […]

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Discussing Power, Privilege and Identity in the Classroom

I’m teaching a course this fall called “Creating Communities of Interest” in our Educational Counseling program. We’re going to talk about power, privilege and identity in our next class meeting. I’m nervous about it. I’ve prepared for the class meeting.  I have plans for how to get the discussion going.  But I’m always worried when I talk […]

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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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Everything Old is New Again

Starting July 1, I am taking on a “new” administrative role in Rossier. After an exploratory year as the Dean’s Special Projects Assistant, I decided to apply for a “new” position as the Faculty Program Lead for the Master’s Programs. And I got it. And I am grateful. I keep using the term “new” in […]

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What’s Going On?

So this blog has nothing to do with formal education, but it has everything to do about informal education and survival. I have two little kids. They play with other kids. They have conflicts, because well, they are kids, and this is a time when they are supposed to be working this stuff out. Tonight, […]

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Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights: More than a Plea for Customer Service?

I guess I could be more excited about Obama’s Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers, but I’m not really sure why I should be. It kind of bugs me that these basic service expectations have to be pulled together as a “bill of rights” at all. Isn’t this just good customer service? There are […]

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SMH & the Collective Gasp: Talking About Race and Racism in 2015

I’ve been sitting in meetings and job talks, and following Twitter and Facebook, reading blogs, and newspaper articles about race more recently. My cousin even recently sent me a long article about a specific incident and asked me to read and discuss with him via online chat. Part of this is because of all of […]

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“What’s Hot/What’s Not”: Higher Ed & Social media 2015

Since we are at the beginning of a new year, I’m seeing a lot more “top 10” and “trends to watch” lists. I thought I would give it a shot and offer my own. I’ve blogged about our collective social media behaviors on this blog before, but I’ve never addressed specific trends. It’s definitely something […]

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So, Please Vote for My Financial Aid App! Voting Ends Today (10/24)!

So, I have this app idea. It’s for a financial aid app that will help kids track their financial aid application process. It’s a really good idea and when I tell people about it, they say things like: “Wow, I want that for my kid/my nephew/ my cousin/myself!” or “You should figure out a way […]

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