“Coffee, Tea, and
Social Justice: ”

May 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Chapters, San Gabriel Valley
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‘Being Heard. Being Valued. Being Supported.
Being There for Them.’

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Valerie Osegueda

By VALERIE OSEGUEDA

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The SGV Chapter examines social justice at its regular “Coffee, Tea, and ____” event.

—At CATESOL San Gabriel Valley Chapter’s latest installment of its “Coffee, Tea, and ____,” one in a series of thematic discussions, the exigent topic of social justice was an appropriate subject to kick off the year, and it proved to be a success. Experienced teachers (from K-12 to community college to IEP) conferred with graduate students and novice teachers about hypothetical and actual classroom scenarios that illuminated issues of privilege and equity. Together they attempted to outline the role of the teacher in terms of the fostering of a conscious environment in different types of classrooms, and more important, to understand how issues affect students. Members also listened to ESL students talk about their own experiences in a video presented by the discussion’s facilitators, Alejandra Pulido-Carretero and Allison Bruins. At the session’s closing, participants were all asked to share a note of gratitude, which they did for “the new awareness and new perspectives this meeting provided” and for “a nice and welcoming group of people for my first introduction to dealing with sensitive racial and ethnic issues within the classroom.”

Valerie Osegueda is San Gabriel Valley Chapter’s media coordinator.

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