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October 18th, 2018

Dr. Laura Rendón

El Arrebato/The Struggle: Opening the Path Toward Empowerment, Enlightment and Conocimiento

For equity-minded and social justice educators, our work doesn't end when we step off campus grounds. At the same time, managing our own personal struggles can sometimes interfere with our ability to adequately serve our students. If you have ever struggled with maintaining work-life or emotional balance as an educator, then the October Teaching and Learning for Student Success webinar is for you. Please join us on Thursday, October 18th at 3:00pm CST / 2:00pm MST for “El Arrebato/The Struggle: Opening the Path Toward Empowerment, Enlightenment and Conocimiento" with Dr. Laura Rendón. Employing Gloria Anzaldúa’s “seven stages of conocimiento” participants will be guided to reflect on their own arrebatos/struggles and opportunities for transformation, work-life balance and self development. Strategies for self care, healing, and resistance will also be discussed.

About this month’s speaker:

Laura I. Rendón earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a M.A. in counseling and guidance and psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Houston and holds an associate of arts degree from San Antonio College. Rendón also attended Laredo Community College.

Rendón is Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education. From 2005-2009, Rendón served as Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, College of Human Sciences.

As a research specialist on college preparation, persistence, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students, Rendón is also recognized as a thought leader in the field of contemplative education. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences such as GEAR UP, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, International Conference on the First-Year College Experience, and International Conference on Research on Service Learning, among others. A native of Laredo, Texas, Rendón’s passion is assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming low-income students. Rendón is an active scholar whose research has been published in key education research journals. She is also the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. Moreover, she is co-editor of books and monographs including: Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color, Educating a New Majority, Introduction to American Higher Education, and Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education ASHE Reader.

In 2013, the Texas Diversity Council recognized her Among the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas. Rendón has been the recipient of grants focused on student access and success from organizations such as TG, The Lumina Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. She is one of the founders and former Board Chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (Washington, DC), focused on providing access to college for low- income students. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Further, Rendón has designed and coordinated the yearly Latino/a Student Success Institute for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

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2018-19 Webinar Calendar


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September 20th, 2018

Dr. Dora Elias McAllister

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October 18th, 2018

Dr. Laura Rendón

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November 15th, 2018

Diane Lerma

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December 20th, 2018

No Webinar This Month – Happy Holidays!

January 17th, 2019

LaDrina Wilson

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February 21st, 2019

Dr. Catherine Olivarez

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March 21st, 2019

No Webinar This Month – Enjoy Spring Break

April 18th, 2019

Keylan Morgan

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May 16th, 2019

Dr. Dora Elias McAllister

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