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Honoring Diverse Ways of Knowing: Decentering Dominant Narratives in Service-Learning Utilizing Community Cultural Wealth with Cathy Avila-Linn and Kristina Barger

Using participatory facilitation methods, this interactive webinar will introduce Dr. Tara J. Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth Model as a framework for discovering and embracing the unique assets, knowledge and talents of students of color. Together, we will discuss the importance of decentering predominantly white approaches for teaching and learning and explore how we can transform our practice in ways that welcome students’ whole selves and actively honor diverse ways of knowing, being, and learning. Facilitators will share examples of how faculty are incorporating the model and designing asset-based educational experiences.

Participants will be invited to:

  • Reflect on their own cultural identities and educational experiences
  • Deepen their knowledge of Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth
  • Brainstorm with a small group, focused on ways to incorporate practices and policies that actively promote inclusive, asset-based teaching and learning experiences
  • Build their capacity to design equitable and inclusive students’ educational experiences

For more information, see: https://lsi.tcu.edu/service/community-based-learning/


About Dr. Cathy Avila-Linn

A native Californian, Cathy earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico and her M.Ed. from Loyola University Chicago in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in College Student Personnel. Throughout her 30-year career in higher education, she has created and implemented a variety of leadership development opportunities for diverse youth and adults, including comprehensive university-wide programs, student advisory boards and intensive leadership development programs. Regarded as a  leader in community engagement and service-learning, she utilizes the knowledge and skills gained through her experiences as the founding Director of the Center for Community Outreach and Service-Learning at Texas Christian University, the Director of Student Development and Leadership Programs at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and as the director of California Campus Compact’s Bridge-Building Leadership Initiative, a comprehensive professional development program designed to cultivate and retain both emerging and long-time leaders of color in the field of service-learning and civic engagement at colleges and universities throughout California.

About Kristina Barger

Since 2014, Kristina has led the vision, strategy and execution of a federally funded, system-wide AmeriCorps VISTA program focused on eliminating race, class and gender disparities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Kristina oversees the recruitment and placement of 21 VISTA members, typically recent college graduates, for an annual position of service on a California State University campus. In close partnership with co-facilitator Cathy Avila-Linn, Kristina develops, enhances and facilitates a year-long professional development curriculum for VISTA members and campus faculty and staff on leadership development, facilitation, practices for asset-based approaches, equity and inclusion. VISTA trainings are designed to actively model and teach participatory practices to promote inclusive environments. Kristina earned her undergraduate degree in organizational communications from California State University, Chico and her master’s degree in leadership and nonprofit management from Northeastern University. She is currently a doctoral candidate of educational leadership at California State University, Fresno. Her research is focused on examining faculty decisions, behaviors, and practices that perpetuate and dismantle white supremacy culture in biology courses. Kristina brings a commitment and ability to operationalize the values of equity, inclusion and justice starting with critical self-reflection and the interrogation of power and privilege.

Friday, October 29 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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