Promoting Dual Language and Literacy: Multiple Benefits for a Complex Society
March 28 & 29, 2014.
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Congratulations to STS alumna, Courtney Peña, who has recently learned of her acceptance to the Ph.D. program in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies at Stanford University!
Courtney's undergraduate training was in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and she subsequently earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction through the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU.She was a Research Specialist in the School of Transborder Studies. Her work focused on the Ford Fellowship Program and its importance to Mexican-origin and Puerto Rican scholars who were Ford Fellows.
Research and Creative Activities
STS faculty present transborder research in Hermosillo, Mexico
Researchers at Arizona State University presented two books during a meeting on December 5, 2013, at El Colegio de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. One was authored by Carlos Vélez- Ibáñez: An impossible living in a transborder world: Culture, reliability and economy of Mexican-population origins. The second, Lives of dust and water: An anthropology of change and resistance in northwestern Mexico, was presented by Maria Luz Cruz-Torres. .
In the first book, Professor Vélez-Ibáñez’ work was received as important because little attention has been paid to the jobs that Mexicans do and their importance for the U.S. economy. Professor Cruz-Torres’ work is also important because of a dearth of anthropological research about the northern Mexico region.
Pictured with Professors Vélez-Ibáñez and Cruz-Torres are El Colegio de Sonora professors Juan Poom Medina (l.), Gloria Ciria Valdez Gardea (second from right), and School of Transborder Studies professor Francisco Lara-Valencia (r.), who arranged this meeting and exchange of ideas.
New resource of interest to transborder scholars and practitionersCarlos Ovando was a contributing author to the recently published Handbook of Educational Theories, published by Information Age Publshing, Inc. The topic that he and lead author Kathryn Davis and co-author Masahiko Minami discuss in this section of the handbook is Language Acquisition Theory.
The Handbook is intended for graduate students with interest in transborder culture, language, and learning topics and their professors who guide them in developing research studies, theses, or dissertations any of a number of social scientific disciplines. This chapter is also helpful to school practitioners—administrators, counselors, and teachers—who use theory to guide practice.
Community Action Board
for collaborative, applied research and development
The Sonoran Consortium for Student Success is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the School of Transborder Studies, and the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute. The overall goal of the Consortium is to promote student success through transdisciplinary research that addresses significant global challenges, in expanding the student pipeline in the sciences for nontraditional students, and creating opportunities for leveraging cultural, ecological, and economic resources in the transborder Sonoran region, which extends north across the western United States to the Canadian border and south throughout Mexico.
Southwest Borderlands Initiative (SWBI)
with the Office of the Provost
SWBI is a long term faculty appointment plan with two primary objectives: the strengthening of existing ASU scholarly and instructional resources on the Southwest with emphasis on the region along the United States-Mexico border, and enhancing institutional recruitment and retention efforts toward building a faculty fully reflective of the Southwest Borderlands' diversity. Through the SWBI concept ASU builds upon its scholarly, instructional, and related institutional assets to respond to these pressing needs, particularly in the areas of Borderlands Arts & Culture, Borderlands Social and Cultural Policy, and Latina/o Health.