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Graduation Season!

What’s the next best thing after the holidays and vacation? Graduation season! At some schools there are even kindergarten and 8th grade graduations, which are both festive and cute. Then there are high school graduations which most secondary students across the country dream about for 4 years. Ultimately, it is important to recognize these milestones […]

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Qualitative Research as Public Scholarship

At this year’s AERA conference, Bill Tierney and I presented a paper, “The Role of Ethnography as Ethical and Policy-Relevant Public Scholarship.” We had a great panel, including Rob Rhoads, Jessica Lester, Laurence Parker, and Yvonna Lincoln. Fellow blogger Antar chaired. Michelle Fine acted as discussant, providing great commentary. The idea for the symposium developed […]

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“Bilingual” Universities: Is this English or is this Fraud?

The race for globalization concerns higher education as much as any other segment of the national economy. Acquiring English skills and introducing the language in many facets of economic and social life is part of globalization. According to a Dutch-based organization, StudyPortals, the proportion of English-taught courses in the Netherlands is 30 percent, Sweden 24 […]

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Thank You, Don Nakanishi! RIP

A good portion of my adult years was working in the Asian Pacific American community.  From 1992 through 2014, I worked or volunteered for:  Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, API Equality-LA, East West Players, Gay Asian Pacific Support Network, API Pride Council, Barangay and the California Commission on API Affairs.  Through that time, Don Nakanishi’s […]

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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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Self-Restraint on Social Media

The past couple of weeks have had at least a couple of events within the field of higher education that have drawn my attention. Xi Jinping, the President of China, continues to cajole, if not threaten, the Chinese press to “protect the party’s authority and unity,” albeit with a grandfatherly wave and a smile.  Concurrently, […]

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

I entered into the UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship with the goal to write, research, and ultimately bolster my CV. The endgame was to obtain a tenure track position (in California).  Now as I write, I am deciding between offers that will start this summer and so in the event it might prove useful, I want […]

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The E in STEM

In addition to my Ph.D. from Rossier this past year, I also earned my M.A. in economics. I’ve become more and more interested in learning more about the representation of students of color and women of color in economics degree programs. The national focus on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM (Science, […]

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Why “Between the World and Me” is Required Reading

1. Written as a letter from father to son, Between the World and Me chronicles key moments in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ life. Imparting lessons to his son and the reader, the author, who contributes to The Atlantic, presents an unidealized portrait of America and its history of racial injustice and violence. The emotional center of the […]

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Shouldn’t the Student Be More Important than the System?

Over the span of a thirty-seven year career in athletics, my father coached women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, and golf at several markedly-different colleges and universities. Whether the institution was a tiny liberal arts college with an NAIA affiliation or a powerhouse Division 1 NCAA program with a 90,000 seat football stadium, my dad felt […]

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