Ed.D. Educational Leadership – Recognition Ceremony 2019 – (Sunday, May 19, 2019)

and please be seated everyone hello
welcome families friends faculty I’m Barbra Henderson I’m the interim
director of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership here at San
Francisco State University it’s wonderful to have all of you here today
to celebrate and to recognize our 2019 graduates of the San Francisco State
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership this intensive program allows
working professionals to complete a doctoral degree in just less than three
years students are enrolled full-time in nine units of coursework each semester
they take a they take a full course load for the first six semesters and then
focus on their dissertation for the final two along the way these students
have conquered three milestones in the first year they completed their
qualifying exams at the end of the second year they defended their
proposals and now as they complete their dissertations they will do a defense an
oral defense of the dissertation as well each of these milestones is significant
and rigorous and provides a stepping stone to the degree at a higher level of
complexity at each level each student must meet the demands that they also but
they also experience these challenges together that’s because our program is
run as a cohort which means that these students have taken their courses all
together and they have traversed these milestones at about the same time as
well their work together as a community of
scholars activists becomes a defining part of their experience in this program
and I’m sure that many of you know some of the others who are being recognized
today for their graduation because the class because the closeness that is
developed among these students thank you as well to the doctoral faculty for your
support some of you are here in the front row you’ve seen these students
along their journey and and we will see some of you later step on the stage to
congratulate your to congratulate the students whose committees you chaired I
also want to thank our graduate coordinator Dr. Andrea Goldfien who is
up here on stage earlier you saw her there she’s in the back thank you for
all you do and have done to support these students in our program over the
years thanks as well for all you did to help to organize this event thanks also
to finita young our academic office coordinator I’m not sure where she is
but finita handles just about everything she does the she does the hiring and the
reimbursements and she manages our budget and a hundred other things and
she also contributed mightily to the organization and running of today’s
event thanks as well to the team led by Art Wong in the back who is doing the
live streaming as well as the audio and the photography for today. The live
stream will be available will be archived in our EDD YouTube channel and
which will be linked to our website so you can watch us do this many times over
if you want I now want to turn to acknowledge the the place of this group
of students and where they hold in our program they were admitted in fall of
2016 and they’re now graduating in spring 2019 which makes them the tenth
set of alumni for this program we admitted we admitted our very first chord in fall
2007 and these students graduated in spring 2010 that group was a similar
size to this cohort and notably was a cohort that includes several high
profile educational leaders dr. Alexis Monti Virgin Will was just appointed the
president of Pierce College Community College in Southern California dr.
Deborah bud was is the recently retired president of evergreen college African
Community College in San Jose and dr. Vincent Matthews is the superintendent
of San Francisco Unified School District advances year we expect no less from
this amazing group of graduates each of you will find your own way to greatness
and to impact and to influence in your communities and institutions according
to your talents your expertise and your passions congratulations graduates today’s program is all about our
graduates Dean Cynthia Grutzik of the Graduate College of Education is here to
offer her congratulations and good wishes and then University Dean of
Graduate Studies Dr. Sophie Clavier is here to celebrate this milestone with
our new alumni and for our program Dr. Jamal Cooks, Dean of Language Arts
at Chabot College and former professor of Secondary Education and former
associate director of this very program will provide our keynote speech dr.
cooks is the dissertation chair for four members of this graduating cohort as
well as sitting on the committee for a fifth then we turn to our students I
will recognize our distinguished student doctor
and he’ll and and then five students who have been elected by our 2019 cohort
will speak on behalf of the group each of them briefly introducing the person
who speaks after five right yes we will then honor each of our graduates
the students committee chair or community member will say a few words
about their student and then we’ll honor them with the doctoral cowl that each of
them came in holding after our Rhys recessional there will be some lunch
available and the graduates will go it looks like the weather is cooperating so
we’ll go outside for outside photographs we’ll be out in the courtyard for group
photographs and photographs with faculty and we’ll the lunch will be out at that
point and save us some if you could because we’ll be back to celebrate with
you after we’re done with our photographs we are so happy to have all
of you here today for this recognition ceremony and celebration congratulations
again 2019 graduates congratulations to these new doctors I will now introduce
Dr. Cynthia Grutzik, Dean of the Graduate College of Education, Dean Grutzik is just finishing her first year here at the college and I greatly appreciate her
support thank you good morning everyone I echo Dr. Henderson’s comments it is
really a joy to see you all here and to especially see you sitting here our new
colleagues new doctors Dr. Henderson Dean Xavier, Dean Cooks, distinguished
faculty, staff, families, and candidates. on behalf of the faculty and the staff of
the Graduate College of Education welcome to this wonderful ceremony today
the EDD program is celebrating the completion and success of our own
graduates a chance to honor you who have worked so hard to recognize all those
who have supported in encouraged you and to express our
delight and pride in turning out such a remarkable group of professionals and
leaders I want to talk about what sets you apart and what keeps you connected
first I want to acknowledge what sets you apart as new doctors of education
you have taken the time in your life to closely study education systems
practices histories theories and this is something that very few have done you’ve
conducted rigorous research on significant educational issues and
examined them from your unique unique perspectives and lived experiences as
well as in the context of scholarly and professional literature your work
evidences originality critical and independent thinking and methods of
study appropriate to your research problems and you’ve posed questions that
push us to action and that uncover inequities and in justices that must be
seen heard and changed what also sets you apart is that you are systems
leaders with a breadth of experience and insight combined with knowledge of
structures and policies that will allow you to take on the challenges of
education systems in important ways with your EDD you’ll advance projects and
changes that will impact students and families for good and will improve
opportunities for all and what sets you apart is that you are a graduate of a
California State University the largest and most distinguished higher education
system in the nation the CSU has only been authorized to offer education
doctorates since 2006 at that time the legislature recognized the urgent need
for well-prepared administrators to lead public schools and community college
reform efforts there are now 15 EDD programs in the CSU and ours here at SF
State was one of the first to be established with the clear focus of
equipping talented educators to lead institutions with expertise and
effectiveness from only 142 enrolled statewide in 2002 7 & 8 the first year
of the CSU in the state there were 940 enrolled across the state in 2017 and 18
with a 93% completion rate and 80% of graduates promoted during or after
earning their doctorates the CSU’s EDD programs are among the most successful
in the nation and your impact as a graduate of SF state’s EDD program will
be notable now let me talk about what keeps you connected the network you’ve
built here at SF State the friends and colleagues you’ve made will keep you
connected for years to come these are people you’ll call on when you
need ideas or help get together with for celebrations happy hour sit on each
other’s advisory boards it’s more than a network though it’s also a professional
community of like-minded peers and you’ll find that this network can
support critical professional development especially when you’re not
finding it in your own settings the other thing that keeps you connected is
all of us your faculty your department staff your college administrators as
long as we’re all working here we’ll be here for you and you’re our colleagues
now and we’ll count on you to join us in this field of work and study come back
to see us email us with ideas and questions invite us out to your school
events and your your college events come join us as colleagues we’re always building our pool of professors instructors and
advisors finally what keeps you connected is the belief we all share
that every child matters deeply that we are responsible for their learning and
that the best way to make a difference in their lives is to work together as
educators to create inclusive schools and community colleges where our
students are known loved challenged supported and successful we are so proud
of you and of what sets you apart and what keeps you connected and we are
excited to launch you out into the world where you’ll shine thank you Dean Sophie cleared of graduate
education well thank you for having me dear students esteemed colleagues
faculty all of you families and friends it is really my pleasure and my
privilege to greet you on behalf of the entire University on behalf of the
President and the provost and the Academic Affairs Council and um first of
course graduate let me congratulate you actually I’m sure it’s a great day for
you when everybody that you meet say congratulation right probably the last
day which will happen this way but it’s always nice but I join into that I
really applaud you for your commitment to reaching you know higher for the
education and the training that you need but I’m second and really more
importantly I would like to thank you all of you I would like to thank you for
entrusting us with your higher education including today we’ve graduated in the
EDD program at SF State about 130 135 students and we really have become
thanks to all that preceded you and that all of you a major civic force in San
Francisco to advance both the University and the region and of course we all hope
that you’ve learned from us we always hope that as faculty that you learn a
little bit of something from us but mostly we know that we have learned
from you we have learned from each and every one of you from your ideas from
your enthusiasm for learning for you individual and collective and often
vocal commitment to social justice to inclusion to equity your refusal to
accept the status quo I’ve been and will continue to be an inspiration to me and
to all of us to thrive to do better and I personally thank you for it thank you
also for the work that you’ve been doing and that you will continue to do
you newly-acquired doctorate is made of two-part education and leadership there
is no better work and no better career than education I can tell you I’ve been
doing it for 30 years and I can honestly say that I really have loved my job
every single day I mean almost and but definitely today a day like today is
definitely one that you really cherish thank you also for being the Future
Leaders the second part of that doctorate for having a vision for
showing the ability to motivate and to inspire others to join into that vision
for having the willingness to take risk and mostly for having the empathy
without which leading would only be top-down directing so I thank you for
that and finally as the ceremony goes on you
will receive the doctorate hood that will complete your regalia and which I
don’t wear very well actually but as you know the origins of the regalia we’re
wearing today dates back to the beginning of the universities in Europe
in the Middle Ages and at that time scholars usually also took clergy vows
ecclesiastic vows and their heads were tortured like that of the clergy and so
they were long gone probably to keep warm which in san francisco can also be
very useful but hoods and and later skull caps we want to cover that there
shaving there’s the shave part the hunter and nowadays the hood are
starting to symbolize the culmination of graduate studies and the degrees
recipients transition from student to colleague so it is my great pleasure my
great privilege my great honour to close my remarks by greeting you now no longer
as students but as bonafide colleagues congratulations
I now want to introduce our keynote speaker dr. Jamal cooks good morning
everyone good morning everyone I am very very excited to be here and I’m going to
not go very long because I know at these kinds of events the keynote speaker
talks and everyone gets to a point of wanting to eat and leave and take
pictures and so I’m not going to be very long but I am going this is a homecoming
for me I spent 18 years here at San Francisco State as a professor tenured
professor and in a full professor here in secondary education focusing on
language literacy and culture and so because of that I’m going to take a
little bit of Liberty to take a picture of the group because this is my crew
right here this group I was I was fortunate enough to work with the with
the first class of the of the program and Stephanie and I co-taught that class
whatever twelve thirteen years ago and so I’ve been able to see every cohort go
through with the exception of one when I was a visiting professor at Mills
College but this group is very very special to me and so I’ll share some
comments about each one of them and also the as a group a little later this
morning you know whenever you’re doing a keynote
you’re trying to figure out what’s the you know what’s the what’s the intro
what’s the out what’s the middle and so I had these things I wanted to say but I
was trying to figure out how to frame it and so what’s very interesting is that
because this is a very family in it event because this is talking
about growth and moving forward I’m going to use some words for my son to
frame the conversation today I have 11 year-old daughter who is called pumpkin
and no that’s a real name and I have a seven-year-old son named Cameron and I
would often share stories about my children in the class but particularly
Cameron because early on Cameron had a little Adam had issues with Guinea
playing in the sandbox with others let’s just say that right he right so he so
we’ve had lots of conversations about things he should do and things he
shouldn’t do and so this morning I said hey cam
what kind of tie should I wear he said oh well daddy picked this time okay well
why he said I think it’ll look really good okay thanks cam so then I pulled
the robe out and he’s like daddy what is that I said well this is for daddy’s
going to go and help celebrate and graduating doctors he was like well I
know you’ve been a doctor since I was born so you should have fun okay
thanks cam I said which I don’t even know what that means right and so then
and then I said cam well I’m gonna talk to these graduates when I talk to a
bunch of people you know what what should I tell them make good people like
what are just some things you should do to be a good person and so he thought
about it for a minute he said well will you tell them if I if I tell you will
you tell them I say yeah cam out tell them he said well you have to treat
people like you want to be treated you have to keep your hands to yourself and
don’t hit people and finally you have to work hard so you get good grades so I’m
gonna use these three pieces to not talk about just being good people but to be
great educational leaders because that’s what we’re here for today that’s the
program that you all signed up for that’s what the classes were for that’s
what the conversations were for for you to not be just good or okay educational
leaders but to be great educational leaders and so treat people like you
want to be treated when I moved from San Francisco State to
become the Dean of language arts I remember my interview very distinctly
and so they ask you things about well what do you know about budgets
you know like besides mine being negative right but like beside well you
know about budgets okay what do you know about shared governance they ask your
questions about well how do you deal with challenging faculty and staff you
see some of the some of the folks that are in these but you’re like yep that’s
that’s what they have right what they didn’t ask me was how do you
help adults manage their emotions that wasn’t on the job description right and
so I’ll say a little bit more about that what what ends up happening is that is
educational leaders there’s all these there’s this checklist of stuff that
you’re supposed to be able to do but I found that the biggest thing and the
biggest challenge and the biggest positive is how you build positive
relationships with everybody everyone all the way from the janitor the
administrative assistants right the people that some people walk by and
don’t even talk to those people are just as important in the whole functioning of
what you are going to do and what you currently do then the president and the
vice president’s right when you’re talking about building relationships
you’re talking about building relationships with your faculty right
you can’t make grown folks who pay mortgages do anything you can’t you
can’t make anyone do anything right but now you can get them to do things is by
building a positive relationship find out about their family find out about
what they do when they’re not at the job find out what’s what’s their interest
right build a positive relationship with them and when you do that then people
will want to do things for you not you have to make them they’ll want to do
those things right so when you talk about building relationships I’m gonna
also say that at Shabo we have about 15,000 students we have the language
arts division that I’m over we have 30 full timers
and I’ve about 80 part-timers part-time faculty so it’s pretty my our president
usually jokes with us and says that we run a small liberal arts college because
at any given point with English World Language ESL and American Sign Language
there’s usually about six thousand students that are enrolled in classes
that are in our division so there’s a lot of management but there’s a lot of
relationship building right and so when you’re talking about building
relationships you have to build relationships with your faculty or the
people that work with or for you you have to build those relationships and
sometimes those are going to be very very good positive relationships other
times there’s going to be some challenges and I think that takes me to
my second one of keep your hands to yourself and don’t hit anybody everything is not going to go the way it
is planned let me be clear as an educational leader I every single day
for the last 15 months on my job I make sure that before I leave I have no phone
messages and no emails like before I walk out the office sometimes s 3
sometimes that’s 4 sometimes that’s 5 sometimes at 6 right because I want to
leave that at the job and I will tell you that there are times when I wake up
at 4 o’clock in the morning cuz I wake up at 4 to work out to have my time to
then get my kids and family together to drop the kids off at work I mean off at
school they should be at work go to pay tuition us to go to school and then I’m
at work and once I get to work it is meeting meeting meeting meeting meeting
people people people people people I need I need I need I need money money
money money money single day every day right so when I
talk about this idea about keep your hands to yourself and don’t hit people
you’re going there are going to be moments when you have to realize I can’t
get up and I can’t get to down I can’t get too upset and I can’t get too happy
are you all with me right there gonna be times when things are not going to go
according to plan and as the educational leader well we have to also remember is
that we are a mirror we set the tone in our division we set the tone with the
people that we work with so if you are someone or Backup if you have a group of
folks that work with you or for you that you think are not doing things you the
way you want them to do I’m gonna say you got to look in the mirror because
they’re doing they may be may be doing what you’re doing
so if you want that culture to change if you want those actions to shift we got
to start with us right as one of my assistant coaches always says you know
fish has rocks from the head not from the tail yeah so the idea becomes it
becomes about as an educational leader you setting the tone for your folks for
the division for the group and people will follow that right and you want to
present and create the kind of environment that they want to be a part
of right I think finally work hard and you will get good grades yeah it depends
on what the grade is right it depends on what you’re calling the test sometimes
sometimes as an educational leader that test is supposed to be based on
statistics right and community college there’s this big thing about throughput
and persistence and who transfers it right like those are those are some
measures those are some workers right there are some other markers in terms of
how many how many faculty you’ve retained how diverse your faculty is
right that’s another kind of a measure but I really think that the the biggest
measure about getting the good grades has to always do with the students it
has to do with the students so whether you’re doing whether you’re going to be
a Dean of a Community College what are you going to be an executive director of
your own companies if you’re working with kids and with families and
communities whatever that might be the the participants
the constituents that’s your grade all the other stuff it counts but what
counts most are the people that you got into this for right so the idea of
treating people like you want to be treated keeping your hands to yourself
and don’t hit hit people because you will get sued and work hard and you will
get good grades I think if you keep those things in mind those are the
things that make an a great educational leader and I think in closing the one
thing I used to always say to the class was talking about as an educational
leader we also have to be instructional leaders don’t get so far away from the
curriculum and what’s going on that that you lose touch don’t lose touch don’t
lose touch with being someone that builds positive relationships don’t lose
touch with being someone that knows you’re an expert in you all of your
different fields right you want to make sure you stay connected to students to
family and again why you’re even doing this right so I think in closing education deserves not just great I mean
not just okay educational leaders we have to be great
there are enough okay people okay educators that are in our systems there
are enough just average people just doing things to do things we have to be
great and if we start that greatness here with this cohort and continue with
the past cords that have come out of this program then I feel very
comfortable and confident about the the future of our educational system thank
you Thank You dr. cooks I now want to make
an acknowledgement of our distinguished student if dr. Landon Hill could step up
here and just if you could just stand for your acknowledgment so will would
you in a moment but just as just an additional dr. Landon Hill is this
year’s distinguished student for a doctoral program in educational
leadership the distinguished student is awarded from the University and it’s a
university level honor each of the graduate programs is given just one and
the faculty is given the responsibility to select one student to recognize the
award is based on GPA the dissertation and qualities of leadership and advocacy
while within the program dr. hill successfully defended his dissertation
focused on African American vernacular English or aave and how a language arts
program at the middle school level that draws upon aave affected the literacy
and academic achievement of the students involved dr. hill is also he became a
new father while in the program and he was hired as an adjunct faculty teaching
courses in the department of secondary education congratulations dr. hill for
being awarded this honor we turn now to our cohort speakers our
first speaker will be dr. Charles LaVon Cole the third thank you appreciate it
thank you all for the folks that drove and I know the traffic was kind of crazy
so thank you for getting here I know some of y’all probably has some anxiety
around that right like I want to miss it so thank you for being here and I’m sure
your families appreciate you coming so I’m part of the largest black cohort in
the history of this doctoral program ever and what I want to say about that
is that if you’ve done any type of formal education whether it’s undergrad
graduate what you learn very quickly is that the Academy doesn’t love us and
what I mean by that is we just celebrate the 65th anniversary of Brown versus
Board this past weekend and in the most liberal state in the richest country on
the face of the planet only two out of ten black kids can read
that’s where we live right now like that’s not 60 years ago
that’s today you see often the academic data about black folks that grew up like
me paints us as victims that he’s sad cases is usually like a what was me type
situation and you know the teaching force in in America is 80% white mostly
women and the message is like you got to go out and say these kids because they
doing so poorly so I wanted to kind of change that and I wanted to have things
look a little bit different and when I started the program I didn’t I was very
clear right I wasn’t coming to to make friends or to bake pies right like I was
coming on a mission and I didn’t just carry myself in here I carry Chicago
where I was born Kentucky where I lived in Oakland where I grew up in the
shelter’s that I was raised in so I met somebody I was here dr. Marilyn
Jones and her and I kind of adopted each other throughout this process and we
pushed each other in our work to go really deep and we had very very
personal dissertations that gave us the opportunity to be selfish and to
actually be the ones studying us as opposed to being the lab rats with white
folks and coats looking at you when studying you and so I looked at black
men that came from incredibly rough circumstances basically the crack
epidemic that overcame to reach the highest levels of attainment so in my
study I had black kids that grew up extremely impacted by the crack epidemic
that now are all doctors themselves and for the study you have to change the
names of your study subjects to protect our identity so I wanted to make it
really real for folks in the pseudonyms that I chose where from our close
friends and family Donald DeMarcus and my cousin Antoine so
now you have these three black men that now are doctors and these three
pseudonyms that I used and those those names are real names and two of those
folks were murdered and one of those my cousin is a predicate felon and my
message that I wanted to really push out is that these six men were 96% similar
they grew up in the same places even though it was all over the country they
experienced the same things but there was a four percent difference give or
take that led half of them to death and half
of them to represent only less than 3% of the entire world that has Doctorate
degrees so my message to the program and programs like this and whoever ends up
seeing this video is that you got to be bold and you got to be good what I mean
by that is for the folks that will hood it in this program yesterday does
getting hood it today and now would be hood it in the future oftentimes will be
the thing in the middle that helps determine what that 4% variance is and
are you leading folks to death or you leading them to life
so I want to leave you all with this normally when you close your eyes and
envision a doctor there’s a prototype that may pop in your head well sometimes
we wear Jordans sometimes we wear gold fronts sometimes we come from shelters
sometimes we had guns in our cars under our laps sometimes we’ve had friends
that have been shot and some of them have been killed and sometimes they have
botched accents from Chicago Kentucky and Oakland but I want to tell you this
is what a doctor both looks likes and sounds like thank you very much I want
to welcome dr. Tabitha Conaway hello if you’re wondering why this this little
bit of joy is up here with me my cohort knows I started the program with her
in fact the first day of class dr. Bob came up to me obviously six months
pregnant and pulls me aside and says are you gonna make it through the semester I
was like I think she’s agreeable and and I did I I didn’t really know what I was
going to say when I got up here and I’m I’m much more emotional than I thought when I started the program the idea of a
cohort wasn’t appealing to me dr. Cole said he wasn’t here to make friends or
big pie I’m for making pie but I didn’t necessarily understand the value of a
cohort as I do today and I think the greatest lessons I learned were from the
cohort I learned that education by itself is
not the answer I learned that in order to start addressing systemic racism in
our institutions like education you cannot solely understand the premise of
Education and how it works because I’ll tell you when I started this program I
knew how to play education I knew how to follow the rules I knew what the rules
meant but that’s not enough it’s not enough to make change in our
institutions that are not teaching students of color how to read it is not
enough education is not enough within the systems that push students into
prisons but I’ll tell you what I learned from this cohort is that collectively we
have power collectively collectively my cohort has taught me sometimes to the
dismay of the program that our voices matter many times I have went on break
from classes and called dr. cooks because if we were going to be tattled
on as a cohort I figured you might as well get this story straight but I
learned from my cohort that when one of us feels that something’s not right
when one of us one of us feels that they are being pushed aside when one of us
stands up and says this literature is too depressing and it’s not true that we
have to support them but it is through our collective unification that we are
able to start to push back on electricity but on on the racism
and so I I just want to thank my cohort for all of the time that we’ve spent
together and all of the things I’ve learned from you and I want to thank you
I would also like to introduce dr. Landon Hill all right very similar to
Tabitha I don’t really have anything formally prepared I have to first though
as always first acknowledge God in Christ I don’t know what everybody
else’s beliefs are but I wouldn’t be here without him and so I need to just
at least state that and say that I also would not be here at all without the
help and support of my family my wife is here my daughter who gives me extra
level of motivation that I never would have imagined my parents are here my
brother everybody from all the family from Richmond my wife’s family is here
to support I have an amazing amazing support system that I’m extremely
blessed to have and I cannot thank them enough
dr. Jamal cooks who you all heard from has been he actually before I even was
getting into the doctoral program and I was looking at getting a master’s degree
I got on the phone with him after years of not speaking we had going to church
together for a while and he has been a mentor since then just off the strength
and so I had to definitely appreciate him and all his mentorship yeah we
cracked it up so with that said you know forgive me if
I’m a little bit I’m not gonna ramble but if I’m jumping all over the place
but I think it’s it’s fitting to have spoken after Charles and tabatha already
I think only one other person maybe I should have gone behind because the
dynamics of our cohort typically worked out this way I tend to often been told
that my temperament is a little bit more even killed right and so for me I tend
to sit back and be able to analyze things that are going on and although
that can a lot of times be to my benefit for others like Charles like tabatha
like Marilyn when there was gonna be coming up in a minute when they’re
talking about pushing against a lot of these these issues that we’re
experiencing they would kind of jump out there first for our cohort and kind of
set the tone and I was because of its kind of Who I am and how I am I have I
was able to kind of analyze and then either make decisions or state things in
a way that made sense to me after kind of hearing hearing everything but as you
all heard my dissertation I wasn’t solely looking at language but moreso
the psychology of black students when there any spaces and the language
practices that they use and I was really interested in that because I’ve always
felt this this this dichotomy or this duality you know EB Dubois talks about
or w/e be the voice talks about the dual consciousness and I actually use this
framework called the triple quandary and I’m not going to take too much time but
just let you all understand the triple quandary by a way Boykin states that
black folks experience three different types of experiences that converge upon
each other so there’s the mainstream experience which says that the the
values that are taken upon or that are placed upon folks who operate within
this society then there’s a minority experience of being marginalized and
oppressed within society and then it’s a black cultural experience which is the
practices that are maintained or retain from the motherland and so all three of
these things converge upon each other to create a quandary right
and so oftentimes as I was going through this cohort because of my temperament I
would see a lot of my colleagues jump out there and push the issue in a way
that again my temperament just didn’t wasn’t able to really communicate I was
enabled though to come back oftentimes and report back in the innocence what I
think I was hearing from both sides which worked out really well but it also
created this kind of safe Negro mentality for me at times right that
challenged me and the reason that I say that is because as I’ve gone through
this program it’s not only kind of shaped Who I am as a leader but also
helped me to really really reflect upon my own identity right and when when
Charles talks about him with so many of us have talked about this Academy
doesn’t love us that’s that triple quandary at least for
me that’s oftentimes at work right this thing that we have to constantly battle
and struggle with so I’m extremely extremely grateful for the distinguished
award but also recognize that there may be so many others who deserve it
who just don’t necessarily have the same temperament or same way of communicating
as I do that maybe isn’t as favorable right and I have to be aware of that and
understand that and I think learning to appreciate both the acknowledgement and
still also recognize where the trouble lies in that right and I think that as
an educational leader that’s one of the main things that I want to continue to
seek to understand and address for so many of my students right my study was
able to look at that as a pertains that language but there’s so many other
issues where that comes to play and so I definitely am grateful for this
opportunity to be able to study with so many amazing leaders who were able to
push me in my thinking in my in my understanding right around these things
grateful for the opportunity to be able to reflect to be able to understand kind
of where I sit Who I am continue to go through that process but also just
become more comfortable in who I am and what my educational leadership style
looks like and I’m challenging both our Arko
or anybody else who maybe in education or work with those who are in need to
really understand that it’s not just about the quote/unquote gray as dr. Cook
said but really how is it that our students are showing up and how do we
meet them and understand not just what they’re doing but what is the psychology
behind it because for us as black students and I think I could speak for
most of us here in this program there’s so much more at play than just not
liking you know things that were happening or not wanting to do this or
it just being hard but there are historical factors that are at play that
we have to constantly be reminded about and so that’s really what this program
has allowed for me to really sit with and wrestle with and continue to think
about so that I can continue to do the work that I need to do in my community
and I believe the same for all of our other cohort members as well so thank
you all for being here and thank you for this night and I’m tripping because I
was ready to get off stage but I have to introduce an actually this is a very
this is very much a pleasure to be able to introduce dr. Marilyn Jones to the
stage please thank you everybody for coming
oh I’m very emotional right now I’m sorry
I love my cohort first of all I want I’m grateful
cuz I didn’t know how I was gonna fit him I came to be a doctor thank God I’m
still me I got still me my cohort believers we’ve fought against
everything we did we did because I guess the academies don’t expect it to be
pregnant a predominantly black cohort so they wasn’t ready for us seriously they
were unprepared but I want to say for two years straight I read about research
in white privilege and talked about all these I’m a name off other names who
they thought I was and i’ma tell you who I am
so underprivileged disenfranchised marginalized non-conventional these are
all the names the research studies have for us but it’s a paradigm shift going
on right now you took a look at them who the doctors are so we’re gonna change
the language we’re gonna change the language that’s that’s what I challenge
everybody to do because it’s racist and in dominant means superior you are not
superior over me I was depressed for two years finally getting my joy back
education is not supposed to kill joy you know I deserve to be happy and
healthy my mental health I deserve to be even state of mind I’ll have to read on
we’re talking about the depressing part is because it’s not telling the truth
how do you have all these this beautiful cohort of color
and here and it with all the stuff we read it doesn’t match the research
hasn’t caught up to what’s happening right now so the research of the future
is behind we’re in a trump administration we have low tolerance
right now and white privilege see his time was running out on that we read it
like it’s like it’s army president and we have to deal with that it’s about a
rabbit it’s about over that’s why things are so out of control with that’s time
know from my lifestyle when I things got really really bad something’s about to
be over so we appreciate your help we don’t have it we got it from here at all
you’re not saying appreciate it and I want to say they were so if anybody
knows me this is a thank God for giving me a whole nother chance at life I’m
gonna say that you know I’m gonna put it like this because I’m I’ve been a prison
I’ve been a drug addict you know and if you got there’s a lot of women coming
behind me they got the same traits that’s why that’s the only reason why I
came here was kick this door down so it’s kicked down we got some comeback
Queens in the building come on they don’t have to change their whole
curriculum cuz I didn’t kick this thing in I don’t know I don’t need to be a
doctor I kicked it in for everybody else so if I made you nervous you got to be
real nervous about honey coming behind you
thank you I like them to do that too Oh Carol
Johnson Williams thank you dr. Marilyn and everyone for coming out this
beautiful day I’m honored to be one of the speakers today and I keep saying I
don’t know why they selected me you know why so first I have to give honor to God
as well and the ancestors and family and friends and the village the community
those who are seen and unseen I used to school every day used to say
you know why thank you for those who just prayed for us today
well I didn’t even know that they prayed for us well because we got through
whatever it was and we’re still smiling and here together that’s a good thing so
thank you we all need each other so that’s one of the main things that I’ve
always known been able to say have taught but really learned and went to a
deeper space about how much we humanity need each other
right so there are all of these forces that want to say we’re separate because
we’re different that you can’t do this because you don’t look this certain way
you don’t talk this certain way you don’t believe this certain way and I
know what’s what happened to you because I think you’re different and we all
really get to say that’s not the truth we all really get to decide whether or
not we are going to continue to just say well I’m at the center of my world and
you all are at the margins but guess what even those at the margins get to
look at that they come from a view or we come from a view that provides a wider
angle right so Sylvia winter’s a researcher calls it a merit alterity and
it is from the space of the margins from the circumference of the circle if you
will right that you get to see a larger perspective of what’s really going on so
those who are censored by the educational system my colleagues spoke
about white supremacy censoring whiteness even if you are someone who is
determined to be white you get to step out of that Center and get to see from a
broader view and I know that my colleagues my cohort they have done that
we wrestled with each other we wrestled with the content that seeks to whether
it’s intentional or not marginalize people of color people who build the
country who build the world working class lower
income that doesn’t make one less human so when we are looking at when you get
to this point in education and you say my gosh this is still the same what is
different then we get to say you know what I get to make this different so I
need to acknowledge there are two women in here that’s my mom right there she’s
waving I was as a child I was able to see two women who looked like me Don a
robe my mother when she graduated with her bachelor’s and I was in high school
I said I better get on it she went on for her master’s degree I saw my aunt’s
who’s here the Reverend dr. Pauline has love she’s
a pediatrician I didn’t know what the road meant I knew it was an important
occasion but I know that what I read in the research is not who we are it is
from the lens of a different sensory right and an unwillingness or a
unawareness the step count of that and step into somebody else’s center yes so
I want to thank all of those my father will be watching the live stream he’s in
New York my husband is here my brother will be coming out
these are men who support intelligent strong women and support education right
so these stories that we hear we have to constantly ask is that really true
because the stories that we hear will have us believing that what we see in
here is the truth about our fellow human beings our fellow god created beings and
so regardless of what you believe that’s what I believe and so there’s a song
that some of us might be familiar with I’m not going to sing but it it starts
off with I need you you need me right we’re all apart
it says God’s body we’re all a part of this family right I love you I need you
to survive right I need you in order for me to survive and thrive and I need you
to be able to not just survive but you need to thrive and so when we come to
the research with that perspective when we come to the edge to education with
that perspective when we come to life with that perspective that we need each
other right then we can really look to what is it
that we are truly seeking to create right rather than looking at what has
been the problem and replicating that intentionally and unintentionally the
results will still be the same so when we intentionally seek to shift the
outcomes to break down these stereotypes to look for what is the capital T truth
then we can say yeah you may write me down in history with your bitter twisted
lies but still like dust I’ll rise sorry and care I hope this is not ruined
that amazing speech but she said strong intelligent black woman and I wouldn’t
be absolutely remiss if I did not shout out my grandma who was also Washington
from the livestream Miss Nancy Windsor we call her gran D I love you
you are my one of the biggest supporters my dissertation was dedicated to her but
I had to call her by name is love so I love you granny we turn now to the
hooding of our graduates our first our first graduate to be honored is Anna
Maria Barrera her dissertation chair dr. Graciela our zoko will speak for on her
behalf we could both come up to the stage good afternoon
muy buenas tardes a quisieron pests are reckon o siendo a familia de Anna Maria
Barrera see pudieran salud are wow thank you
yoy a decir una squanto’s palabras acerca del estudio kia hecho Anna Maria
it’s been my great pleasure to work with Anna Maria she has chosen to do research
on a population that is very little researched and so in that sense you know
looking at a very vulnerable population undocumented students in higher
education her study is very significant her study is titled testimonials or
testimonies of undocumented students and higher education she used a Latina
feminist phenomenology framework for her study and
collected personal testimonies from five undocumented students in order to
understand their experiences navigating higher education in the United States so
students shared with her the challenges of being undocumented the pressure of
having to keep their status a secret and how even in higher education they
continue to live in the shadows because often they do not find the resources the
kind of support that they need in order to be successful so she collected
stories about you know the fear of deportation the anxiety the
psychological stressors and yeah it was a very emotional data collection at the
same time she also found stories of resilience and what it is that has
helped these students to to move ahead and what she found is that community
community like this one is such an important part of being successful and
making it in higher education she also found that students were motivated when
they are undocumented they are motivated to become civically engaged and it is in
that process of finding their own political voice that they discover that
they really do have the strength they are able to make contributions to
society and that they can you know continue on with their education so I
really want to congratulate Anna Maria Barrera for such an excellent and
significant study muchas felicidades Anna Maria I now want to introduce dr. Charles
LaVon Cole the third and his committee member dr. cooks as Charles comes up
yeah I didn’t know you were gonna get a get a social justice and equity lesson
today did you with these speakers and and I I was said no I have to admit I
was sitting over there like proud I’m gonna say Papa but very very proud and
overwhelmed because I have I’ve had an opportunity to work with all five of
those speakers and for them to for me to be able to have just a little bit to do
with helping shape who they’ve become as scholars is just pretty good it’s pretty
good and so when you talk about social justice and equity one of the pillars of
social of the program is social justice and equity and as faculty as a program
and even as students in the class we would oftentimes have a conversation
about what is social justice what is equity for who right who is that going
to benefit and how does that what does that look like and how do we do that and
so I think part of what you have heard today is this push-pull about social
justice and equity because the only way to be able to to make shifts or changes
in the Academy is to push back yes and we know that change for anyone is
challenging changes uncomfortable but as I say with some of
the student-athletes that I work with is that we have to get to a point to where
we’re comfortable with being uncomfortable and so I think that leads
directly into Charles and as a student as a scholar as a man he came in very
very very solid in terms of his ideas about what needs to happen and that this
research thing he made it very clear it was nothing it was nothing about trying
to move up a ladder trying to make somebody happy trying to get some pixie
dust and then turn into you know mr. big big doctor it was very personal it was a
very very personal journey in a very personal process not only for him
individually before his community and for the young men in his study I didn’t
share this with him but I’ve probably this out of this group this will be I
think I would have been the chair or served on at least 20 some-odd
committees and this was the first one that I almost almost got choked up and I
almost got choked up because not only the passion in which Charles talked
about his information but the idea about being a young african-american man boy
trying to bump your head trying to figure it out trying to have just
ultimately wanting love in some direction and somebody to pull them up
and say it’s gonna be all right and so Charles’s dissertation entitled
how black men impacted by the crack epidemic succeeded against the odds to
obtain doctoral degrees the dissertation chair
Sean gin right myself and Brian Stanley I would definitely say that in terms of
case studies and in terms of richness and and details in terms of life and
what it means in terms of the education system these are the young men that we
got to make it better for straight up the the system has to include spaces for
these young men and I think Charles’s work
and continued work in publishing right because that’s how you change the system
right if we mad about what we’re reading you got to write something to say
something different so right so I’m pushing you in challenging you
if you mad about it right about it if you’re mad about it and you want to
change it then you got to push it because you can’t read something that’s
not there and all of you all have the information to be able to put there so
ladies and gentlemen I present to you dr. Charles LaVon Cole the third I now
want to introduce dr. tabatha page Conway and we’re going to invite dr.
Jamal cooks up here again so Deb I think it was maybe the maybe it might have
been the second or third class that that I working with the cohort and I remember
having a conversation with another instructor and and we were kinda that’s
converse instructors do we kind of whether you know it now we kind of go
around and we’re like so what about so and they asked me so what you think
about Tabitha I was just like firecracker
she just we better be ready you better you better be ready if you’re gonna have
a conversation with her if you’re gonna talk social justice equity if you’re
gonna talk about what students need if you’re gonna talk about students of
color you better be ready and an Tabitha has not disappointed she came in and
said that she wanted to do some work around students at community colleges we
we had many conversations they folks that have worked with me
I have a favorite Starbucks now somewhere I hold office hours and they
all know that that’s yeah you want to find me let’s go over on Dutton and
we’ll go hash it out for a couple of hours and tabatha has been willing to
come to Starbucks to Shabo wherever she’s like wait I need to talk to you
and I need to see you either I and I need to have your full attention
because she knows I might you know if I’m on a computer or if I’m talking
she’s like no I need this right and I think what I think her hard work has
definitely paid off the the dissertation title you got a care let me make sure I
say that again you got a care hearing the stories of previously incarcerated
youth on community colleges I served as the chair
George Greiner as a committee member and David Johnson who is a VP of instruction
at Merritt we came together and and talked with Tabitha and I think that I’m
very excited to see what the future holds for her I’m excited to see where
once earning this doctorate gets her in terms of the the career ladder I think
she is very very capable and in a good position when she begins to apply for
Dean ships I think she will be ready and I think it’s not only because of the
work that she did here it’s not only because of her research but it’s also
because of just who she is and who she came in as and who she’s leaving ass
ladies and gentlemen I give you dr. Tabitha page Conaway alright gonna top that one Cheryl I want
to welcome dr. Cheryl calve Alice Doolin and her dissertation chair dr. Marcel
Santos hello I want you to raise your hand if you like writing I want you to
raise your hand if you’ve ever had a moment in your life where you’re like I
would rather mow the lawn then write an essay and now I want you to raise your
hand if you can remember an English teacher who made a difference in your
life those sensations all three of them is what this dissertation signifies in
this world today Cheryl caballes Doolin’s dissertation is
both important to me because I trained English writing teachers and so they’re
gonna try and compete for the job that she will exit when she is one-day
department chair but I often when I attend graduation at the end of this
week with my own English writing teachers I wonder we have given you
great tools but you will you get a job we have inspired you with the
pedagogical resources but will you be one of those
professors who was sleeping in his or her car that is written up in the news
it is not an easy world to be a writing teacher these days and now I need to ask
you do you know what your writing teacher did for you for many many hours
grading your essays meeting you during office hours this is also what this
dissertation is about let me tell you the official title equity oriented
instructor perspectives on teaching developmental English in the community
college I have a she doesn’t know this but my secret title for this
dissertation is the invisible work of writing teachers cheryl is asking groups
of writing teachers who self-identify as equity oriented they believe in the
social justice mission you have heard about all today and yet they have to
translate those beliefs into writing practice how many hours will they spend
reading that stack of 30 papers how will they convey that this paper has
many grammar mistakes but preserve relationship
how will they correct someone’s thesis and not undermine someone’s personal
mission that gets expressed in an essay that is a skill set that is not only
grounded in years of training but you have to know yourself you have to know
how you sound to students who don’t believe themselves to be writers there’s
this wonderful line in her writing that should where she writes it’s English
instructors who value equity Willa likely approached the teaching and
writing in ways that support students who need the most help the students that
are the easiest to reach are those who show up to class who are vocal and who
attend office hours and who show initiative in their class engagement
however these and this is the part that gets me because I know these students
these vocal students are often not the ones in class who have experienced the
greatest educational inequity and so I know Cheryl is drowning in data
right now having talked to many teachers and that’s because it’s a sign that it’s
not the right to speak that often matters in teaching it’s the right to
impose listening on others and I didn’t make that up that came from
a very famous color I’ll take credit boards you but thank you Cheryl for
giving voice to writing teachers I hope the dissertation takes the form of
newspaper articles op-eds so that the state of California knows the work that
happens behind closed doors in our writing departments if you’ve never
tried on one of these try one on it’s the balance between being a Jedi warrior
and your bathrobe and that is what being a doctoral student the experience
represents it’s somewhere between preserving the forces of this universe
and the everyday congratulations on being a mom you’ve inspired me in the
work she did this dissertation in the middle of the Santa Rosa fires you know
that’s an incredible achievement congratulations on behalf of your
committee professor rhubarb professor fond congratulations
cheryl caballes duelin we are now turning to honor
Samuel Issa and right and her dissertation chair dr. Sheldon Jim talked about you Sammy and Lisa Enright is a leader in
the early childhood education world where she has observed the continued use
of exclusionary discipline we’re talking about suspension and expulsion which are
usually or can be the first step really in the school to Prison Pipeline and and
so she asked this question what are early childhood leaders views and
attitudes towards approaches to preschool discipline and what approaches
to ECE leaders utilize to reduce and prevent preschool expulsion and increase
equitable outcomes and Sammy and Lisa is using a different methodology for this
research it’s cue methodology is a very niche
method and I think it’s going to be the first dissertation out of this program
that uses cue methodology so I’m very happy about that and she is on track to graduate this
summer which is fantastic and I will have to also say that she is a founding
member of the not so secret society called get it done and this is a group
of about six scholars who are meeting about four hours a week to write in each
other’s presence and in silence and so when you talk about the love of writing
I would say the get-it-done group is learning to love writing
congratulations Samuel Issa we turn now to honor dr. Landon Hill and his
dissertation chair dr. Jamal cooks Cameron the same 7 year old he’s still 7
we we had a conversation yesterday about that um that he has to make sure that he
understands that someone is always watching and that someone always
watching means whether that’s because of just him being a young young man whether
it’s because he’s my son coach dr. stone just you’re gonna always be watched and
you need to know that there’s always eyes on you and so Landon alluded to it
a little earlier that I had never even had a conversation with Landon I knew
with the high school that he went to I knew people that went to there were
parents of kids that went to school with them we did go to the same church and so
I would see him from afar and so you know I just I knew the family I knew
that he handled his business great grades then you went away to
school right still watching still looking still listening and then I don’t
know is your dad or you somehow we began to talk about about next moves and
talking about the master’s program and the like and so if any of you have ever
been mentors you’ll know that you you you have to be kind of selfish with your
time and who you do mentor that kind of makes it right you can’t
just mentor everybody right so so I’m kind of having this conversation trying
to fill it out like okay got a good head on the shoulder okay so we talked then
and then we talked about joint fraternity and we had that conversation
and then I don’t know if I told you you were gonna apply to the program or I
don’t I think I did tell him he was gonna I said I just applied to the
program you know if you get in then we’ll figure it out from there he got in
and then we figured it out and then who’s going to be your chair okay I’m
gonna be your chair and so this whole thing of working with Landon throughout
the years have has been great because there’s a lot of I see a lot of myself
in being young and idealistic and high energy and and just wanting to make
moves working at ey DC in East Oakland that’s not a glamorous piece right on
his 14th Street in East Oakland is not the ivory white tower it is day today
rolling your sleeves up working with kids and helping people get what they
need to be able to be successful and so as I was sitting here thinking about
this part of the conversation I’m gonna make sure I go home and tell Cameron
about this that the idea is that I would probably would have worked with Landon
if he if I wasn’t continually watching him if he wasn’t always had high
standards if he wasn’t always taking care of business while watching him and
that’s the testament to him and his family in terms of his ethics and his
morals and his values and I think that’s the nexus between who he is as a family
man and as a professional and the work with his research and his research was
rethinking the language the educational and psychological
impacts of african-american students navigating various language practices I
served as his chair along with George greener and Nolan Jones
both who spent lots of time going through the the work with him and I’m
hoping that definitely some of this some of these chapters will be sliced off and
written as articles and it gives me great pleasure to present to you ladies
and gentlemen dr. Landy Neil we turn now to Alexander Jones and his
dissertation chair dr. Sheldon Jen Alex’s research stems from his
profession in both the CSU system and the community college system where he
links aspiring students to their professions after college in his
dissertation notes that most Californians go to college to do so to
develop their careers but many college graduates struggle to gain employment
that utilizes their degrees and part of that problem is tied to the dimensions
of employability that lie outside the academic curriculum such as developing
soft skills networking and engaging in other co-curricular activities that are
often offered by campus career centers and so his research question is what
career services are utilized by university students that lead to their
employability after graduation and Alex’s data collection is through a
massive survey that has gone live about a week ago
he’s sampling 8,000 recent graduates of the CSU system and he is in the in the
depths of analyzing those data now and he’s on track to graduate this summer
and Alex also is a founding member of the get-it-done writing group so
congratulations Alex we turn now to celebrate dr. Marilyn
Denis Jones and their dissertation chair dr. Jamal cooks so I remember Marilyn
coming to to the interview I remember her interview and I remember when she
probably hasn’t the first question I was like oh this sista is nervous she is
nervous okay all right and so the the we continue to ask ask questions every we
do group interviews and so everyone went around the room and answered and so when
it came time to to work with Marilyn I was very clear and you can kind of see
from the personalities in our cohort you get you you got to be strong to work
with you got to be strong to be able to be dissertation chairs particularly with
with with folks in this group and so I think with Marilyn what I wanted to make
sure that I attempted to do was to just be even keel as possible was just stay
right here because I knew that there would be times
when she would be very excited like when she did her interviews and she’s talking
to all the folks and she got the data juste
and then we’re gonna be other times when she might be a little frustrated she
might I don’t get this I don’t want to do this ah duh duh you’re dr. chabaud I’m out and and I will say
and I sometimes these relationships get very personal in Maryland knew she could
call me or text me at any time and she did and she did I could wake up
at 4 and half texts I could go to bed at nine or ten and she would’ve hit me
around midnight and anything in between but here’s the biggest piece I had no
problem with that because I knew that the work that she
was doing was a important I knew that be that it meant a whole lot to her and see
that once she was finished and able to share this information it was going to
be transformative so at the end of the day a whatever whenever marilyn needed
something I attempted to be there I tried to give the resources and even
have the opportunity to be able to work for with her for about 10 months as
Shabo as well with our Rise Program and I think what ends up happening is that
and I’m gonna say this I’m gonna say thank you I’m gonna say thank you for
always keeping it real I’m a face thank you for for holding the program and
professors accountable and I’m saying thank you to you for allowing me to be
part of this journey because sometimes I know it didn’t always feel like that
people were we’re thankful for it and I’m saying we are thankful for it we are
thankful for your knowledge we’re thankful for your intellect and we are
thank you for your love dr. Marilyn Denis Jones with the dissertation
entitled the comeback Queens understanding black woman’s transition
from incarceration to higher education I served as a dissertation chair
George Bou greener and Robin Fischer I saw Robin somewhere over here Robin and
Robin Fischer in supporting her through this and I’m just telling you I’m very
very proud of you and I’m excited to see what the next steps are
dr. Marilyn Denis Jones we turn now to marry Jennifer Reynolds
and dr. Reynolds’s dissertation chair dr. Stephanie Sisk Alton so something
you’ll learn very quickly about marry if you have a conversation with her is that
she loves math and she just her face lights up when she starts talking about
math and math learning and that is not always what happens with elementary
school principals and teachers and math and so mayor in Mary’s work she knew she
wanted to Center it around math and she identified a group whose voices she
never saw in the literature or just in the larger world when talking about math
and that was the voices of elementary school girls
there’s plenty written about them but there’s not much that’s written in their
voice and so that is what Mary’s research worked to change she threw out
her study she kept that focus laser-sharp she did not Center the
teachers she didn’t Center the curriculum she
didn’t Center the schools she knew about all that stuff but she centered the kids
whose voices needed to be heard about the experience
they were having in elementary school math classrooms her study contributes a
much needed I think change in how we talk about girls experiences in math and
what we do next to begin to change that in response to what they say they need
and want and I’ll also say to um at a personal level um I’m getting all teary
Mary the day after the day she defended I asked her to send me her PowerPoint
which I then delivered to my 11 year old daughter who said to me gosh I like that
I really like that your your students are studying things that matter and I
wish she was my math teacher high praise so congratulations dr. Reynolds her
dissertations title is supporting girls toward development of positive
mathematical identity and her committee also had dr. Eric sue and dr. Patrick
Callahan our next candidate is D Andrea Robinson her dissertation chair is also dr.
Stephanie Sisk Elton it’s not good to make me speak twice in a row
all right so d andrea is an amazing example of a scholar activist she is
somebody who saw something that needed to be done differently and she went and
did it she didn’t just study it she changed it and so through her research
she has designed and piloted a program that is aimed at helping black girls in
upper elementary school engage in a literacy curriculum that is about them
and about their history and their culture and their identity she in the
midst of doing all this she became a principal of not one but two schools at
the same time and she got a grant to support her work
and partnered with is Boys and Girls Club with the Boys and Girls Club of San
Francisco meanwhile she’s analyzing a whole lot of data
she is not somebody who is separating her professional world from her research
world she is changing the world and one of the things I really want to
acknowledge about D and Ria’s work is her artistry and I’m not sure if that’s
how she thinks about herself but her writing and the way that she
conceptualizes the problem of practice that she is taking up has a deep level
of artistry to it she writes in a way that brings together ideas from all over
the place to bring you to her point and her argument and you see the same
artistry in the program that she has developed for young girls
one example I’ll give was she she came in the other day and just brought just I
don’t even know how she got it all in my office she just brought all of this
stuff that she had done with kids over the course of several months and the one
that the one that really gripped me although it was a fairly small activity
I think that she did were these selfie mirrors where she had each kid take a
mirror and look at themselves while they wrote messages to themselves on that
mirror to look at and talk and there were many times when she was doing this
where we would have meetings and she’d be like it is not going well this
program is not working at all I don’t know that the girls don’t want to be
there they’re resisting they don’t like and then by the end it had worked
because she had gone out there and done the work that needed to be done so she
is very nearly finished gonna be finished in a minute and great
congratulations to you I even say the title your study I think I did not the
title of D’Andrea study is Queens getting lit a strategy for
keeping urban black elementary school girls in public education and her
committee also has dr. Gregory Tanaka and dr. Sharia Taylor I now would like
to congratulate and welcome to the stage Malorie gene Stevens and her
dissertation chair dr. Sheldon Jen Mallory’s profession lies that that
delicate intersection of students lives where they transition from high school
to college and so it’s a place where dual enrollment has had a traditional
role of being an opportunity for already high performing high school students to
get a jump start on college but recent law in California directs high schools
and community colleges to reorient the program to make it a program that
promotes greater educational equity not just for the students who are already
performing highly and so Mallory’s research question asked how are the
legislative goals of a B 288 and dual enrollment understood and externalized
by leaders and by the front line teachers and counselors in high schools
and community colleges with the aim of redirecting this program and Malorie is
taking a multi case method to examine this study and she’s completed her data
collection and she is on track to graduate in the summer and
fact she has her defense scheduled for July 24th at noon so defenses are public
events so if you ever want to know what a dissertation defense looks like and
how one is expertly defended I will see you at noon on July 24th in Burke Hall
Mallory is also one of our founding members of the get it done writing group
and and I have to say the true chair of her dissertation committee I have to say
was really Mallory Stevens because a typical interaction that she would have
with me is she’ll say Sheldon I’m run up against this roadblock I don’t know what
to do these are the problems I facing I think I should do this this and this and
my response would be yes so if you want to hood yourself I’m totally good with
that congratulations Mallory all right we’ve reached the final
student to honor today it’s Carol Johnson Williams her dissertation chair
is dr. Jamal cooks so Carol and I would have lots of conversations about public
schools about language and literacy and then as we continue to talk we started
finding out that we knew some of the same educators some the same folks and
then that was another another connection and then we were talking about a ve I
think and then we were saying oh well I know that person I know that person and
we made other connections and there were there were times to be honest with you I
never told her this but it that like I was just enjoying just the conversation
of going down memory lane and talking about Oakland Public Schools and and
what we need to do and how we need to do it and then I would say oh we should
probably start talking about your dissertation yeah and I think Carol
Carol comes with a wealth of knowledge a wealth of experience probably what is
very very cerebral in terms of how she thinks and in the way that she connects
dots has a very even-keeled temperament and I know there were a couple of times
when we had cohort conversations with the program and with the cohort and it
and I don’t remember which one it was but um you know people spoke and people
had things to say but when Carol raised her hand and started talking I was like
oh I’m we better second and watch this right because she’s very thought
with their ideas very thoughtful with her with what she says and how she says
it her work I think is going to be very
very transformative in terms of being able to contribute to what we need to do
with educational leadership specifically being in an educational leadership
program sometimes unfortunately we may miss the leadership piece and so that’s
very very important and so Carol’s dissertation is entitled standing in the
gap black women in educational leadership through a womanist lens I was
served as a chair Dorothy’s arruda as a committee member
and Evelyn Wesley it was here as well I will definitely say that at her proposal
hearing we were able to really dive take a deep dive into some real interesting
ideas and topics and this idea about what educational leaders need to keep in
mind to be able to be the next generation of educational leaders
learning from existing ones across k12 community college and four-year levels
to them to be able to know what needs to be done next and so I’m very happy to
present to you Dr. Carol Johnson-Williams I would now like to ask the 2019
graduating cohort to stand so we can give them a final round of applause and
appreciation audience if you can please remain until the faculty and the
students and the graduates leave the auditorium and then we’ll see you as
soon as we’re done with our photo opportunities thank you congratulations

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