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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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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 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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Change from the Inside

Some think that the For-Profit Higher Education Industry in the United States is on life support.  In May, Corinthian Colleges, filed for Chapter 11 protection and closed its doors, leaving thousands of students without a college to go to and millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in loans for the government to forgive.  The largest and best […]

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The Veil of Perfection: Academic (In)Vulnerability

In light of the blog I posted last week, I started to think about constructive ways to think about talking about race, racism, and seemingly difficult topics. I want to be clear, I’m not writing this as a pundit on race or Black Studies, because I’m not—I’m writing this simply as a Black man. There […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 1): A 2000 Mile Journey Across the Border

Nineteen-ninety marked the beginning of a new journey.  My family decided to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. I do not remember much of the journey, since I was only two years old, but my brothers were more aware of the situation at the time. Mexico was facing a recession.  Coming from a […]

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Summing Up III

There is certainly still a lot to write about:  Just recently I saw Happy Valley which is a documentary about the Sandusky Case at Penn State University (tragically illuminating).  I just finished Orlando Patterson’s 700 page text The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (an epic tour de force).  This year I’ve been an expert witness […]

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