Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month events at ASU

September 15, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who come from from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Events across all four ASU campuses include salsa dancing, food tastings, cultural performances and the anticipated screening of "Underwater Dreams." The film documents the true story of how a group of young Hispanic students from Carl Hayden Community High School, located in an underrepresented, economically challenged part of Phoenix, learned to build an underwater robot, and then defeated teams from universities across the country, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a national competition 2004. Hispanic heritage month at ASU graphic Download Full Image

More than 20 student organizations will kick off the celebration at a resource and information fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 15, at the Memorial Union North Stage, Tempe campus. With entertainment provided by Univision Radio, the event will include information about upcoming events, voter registration and free paletas (ice cream bars) for the first 700 people.

All events are free and open to the public.

The following are the university-wide signature events during Hispanic Heritage Month:

"Underwater Dreams" documentary and panel
6-8 p.m., Sept. 26, MU Arizona Ballroom, Tempe campus
Brought to you by Fulton Schools of Engineering; Graduate Professional Student Association; Society of Hispanic Engineers; Latinos in Engineering and Science; and the NASA Space Robotics Club.

Noche de Celebración
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Verde Dining Pavilion, West campus

Closing Reception – Salsa – Salsa Fiesta
6-7 p.m., Oct. 15, Sun Devil Fitness Complex, West campus

La Fiesta
6-9 p.m., Sept. 15, Civic Space Park, Downtown Phoenix campus

Media Perceptions of Latinos
noon-2 p.m., Sept. 17, Century Hall Multipurpose Room, Polytechnic campus

Screening of film, “Underwater Dreams”
6-8 p.m., Sept. 24, University Center Building, La Sala B & C, West campus

Latin Night
8-11 p.m., Sept. 26, MU North Stage, Tempe campus

Calle 16 Mural Project Painting
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 30, Sands Courtyard, West campus

Fiesta de la Noche
6-8 p.m., Sept. 30, Century Hall Courtyard, Polytechnic campus

Cafe Y Pan
1-3 p.m., Oct. 1, Student Union, Polytechnic campus

Tempe Tardead
noon-6 p.m., Oct. 5, Tempe Community Complex (3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe)

Living in Higher Ed – Latinos at ASU, Learning, Growing, Sharing
noon-1 p.m., Oct. 7, Memorial Union, Gold Room. 207, Tempe campus
Brought to you by the Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association, El Concilio & The Chicano/a Research Collection
ASU Libraries

Salsa Night
6-9 p.m., Oct. 7, Student Union Ballroom, Polytechnic campus

Meet the Greeks
6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 8, MU Arizona Ballroom, Tempe campus

Latin@s: Past, Present, and Future
6-8 p.m., Oct. 9, Cronkite First Amendment Forum, Second Floor, Downtown Phoenix campus

Lambda Theta Phi Taco Sale Fundraiser
6-10 p.m., Oct. 18, MU Arizona Ballroom, Tempe campus

For more information about upcoming events and Hispanic Heritage Month at ASU, visit eoss.asu.edu/student-engagement.

ASU unveils new center to study global education

September 15, 2014

Recognizing education as a universal pathway toward a better world, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University announced the formation of its new Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education today. Through the center, the college will extend its pursuit of the highest standards for teaching, discovery and innovation to a global audience. The center will also serve as an ambassador of those intrinsic ASU values that promote inclusion and equity.

“Our mission at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has always been to impact and improve the educational status quo,” said Mari Koerner, dean of Teachers College and co-director of the center with Ara Barsam, assistant dean of research and global initiatives. “With this center, we will scale up our research, academic and teaching initiatives to achieve global reach through a network of externally supported projects and research fellows that can expand and leverage our expertise internationally.” Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education Download Full Image

Koerner said the center’s efforts will target educators, teacher educators and education leaders, but the impact will ultimately be to students. “Our goal is to enable students to reach their potential, regardless of age, nationality or socioeconomic status,” she said. “To accomplish that, we will work with basic to post-secondary educational institutions in both public and private sectors in countries and communities worldwide.”

Teachers College has already had success in generating grant, foundation and private funding – including a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of State, and $3 million from private donors in the past year alone. Under the USAID grant, more than 100 teacher educators from India spent a three-month residency at ASU last year, enhancing their own teaching skills. Other projects currently under way are preparing teachers and education leaders from Palestine and South Sudan.

According to Koerner, this type of global engagement closely aligns with ASU’s aspiration to reflect the world community in its students, faculty and research programs. In fall 2014, the university welcomed a record 8,000 international students from 63 countries, or approximately 10 percent of ASU’s more than 82,000 students.

“An important aspect of the center will be for Teachers College faculty and scholars to interface with multiple ASU academic units, such as engineering, sustainability and languages and cultures, that also have global agendas,” Koerner said. “By partnering with them, we hope to develop shared projects involving PreK-12 and higher education audiences. And we will bring scholars from all over the country, and the world, to work with our researchers to study how teaching can be improved to support learning of all students.”

Teachers College students preparing for their own teaching careers will also learn to become “citizens of the world,” said Alfredo Artiles, associate dean of academics. One of the center’s goals is to graduate educators who are culturally literate and equipped with knowledge that is applicable both locally and in other places.

“A key goal of today’s educational system is to prepare learners who understand they live in a global community,” he said. “We want to demystify the popular belief that global education is only related to work conducted in other countries. Global issues also affect social, economic, cultural and educational activities right here in Tempe, in Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. It is our responsibility to help our students understand that local and global issues are intimately connected.”

The idea that all education is local, in fact, is how the center will approach broadening its global influence, said Barsam, the center’s co-director. Emphasis will be on best practices in teacher preparation and teacher education, areas of expertise for which the college has been internationally recognized.

“We are not going to be the experts in rural South Sudan or in São Paulo, Brazil, or in Jakarta, Indonesia,” Barsam said. “But Teachers College has the capacity to empower teachers from those communities to adopt and adapt our knowledge and skills and best practices for their local schools.”

Barsam added that education can be a powerful tool to promote understanding among diverse global cultures: “Teachers impact tens of thousands of students over the course of their careers. So investing in even one teacher is really touching thousands of lives.”

Written by Judy Crawford

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