ECP Newsletter - Dean's Message
Dear ECP Community and Friends:
With the Fall quarter and 2018 coming to a close, I want to wish everyone a warm and wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. The fires in California last month were a reminder of how much we need to cherish each other every day.
This has been an exciting year in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. We have launched the Latinx Education Research Center under the leadership of our new faculty member in Educational Leadership: Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos. Through a series of launch events during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and speakers and panels since then, Oscar is leading us to become a center for discussion of issues of education and well-being facing the Latinx community. Dr. Jiménez-Castellanos has formed an outstanding national board for the center and we are looking to expanding the work with research projects, ongoing speaker and “Tiempo Extra” panels, and visiting scholars. Our aim is to engage with the community and raise awareness of education and well-being issues facing the Latinx community.
We are also entering a new phase in our newest emphasis area in Counseling Psychology – the LGBT emphasis area. This coming quarter will be our first course on transgender issues – an important area for therapists to learn and know. With more and more children, adolescents, and adults identifying as transgender or gender fluid, learning more about how we can rethink our assumptions about gender is essential to any therapist. You can learn more about the LGBT emphasis area, led by Don St. Louis, in the newsletter below.
Finally, our newsletter also highlights the work of some of our outstanding faculty, students and alumni. Two profiles highlight this work below: Margaret Lucero is talking about a recent grant she was awarded to study how to best prepare science teachers to be effective in the classroom. Science education is so essential to modern life but it has not always been done very well – Margaret is aiming to change that! In addition, we have a wonderful story about one of our outstanding students: Gurpreet Kaur, a student in Counseling Psychology, has won a prestigious national award from the American Association of University of Women.
We all wish you the very best this holiday season, and look forward to seeing you again in 2019!