Diversity & Social Justice Faculty Fellows Pilot Project
Funded by the 2013-14 Programmatic Excellence & Innovation in Learning Program
Faculty Fellow: Duke Austin, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Colleen Fong, Professor of Ethnic Studies
Teaching Assistant: Meleana Akolo
Video: Colleen interviews Duke and colleague Andrew Wong about their pilot projects, 04/24/2014. (Click to watch)
Materials: Portfolio containing syllabus, pictures, sample ethnographic papers, and more. (Click to download)
Dr. Austin partnered with Oakland International High School (OIHS) to bring recent immigrant high school students to the CSUEB campus for a mutually beneficial collaboration. Each student in Dr. Austin's SOC 4800: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries class served as a college mentor to two or three recent immigrant high school students during a one-day campus visit. The CSUEB students gave their mentees a tour of campus, accompanied them to a college class, and provided them with a personal perspective about being a college student. In exchange, the CSUEB students interviewed their mentees and wrote an ethnographic research paper that links the high school students’ immigration experiences to macro-level sociological phenomenon.
OHIS administrators paid BART fees to get their students to the Hayward BART station. In exchange, Dr. Austin rented a bus with DSJ funds to transport the high school students from the Hayward BART station to the CSUEB campus. Twenty-four CSUEB students and sixty-five OIHS students participated in the one-day campus visit.
Planning for the project included: contacting and establishing rapport with OIHS, getting approval from CSUEB’s risk management department, scheduling the bus, finding 24 CSUEB faculty members who would allow visitors in their classes and then scheduling students to visit those classes, scheduling a large meeting room on the CSUEB campus, scheduling a campus tour with the CSUEB Welcome Center, getting CSUEB IRB approval for the interviews, getting OIHS parent consent and OIHS student assent for the interviews, training the CSUEB students to conduct interviews, and coaching CSUEB students with their ethnographic papers.
"With its focus on immigration, this course helps students understand social diversity with the ability to read and understand academic studies on and critically analyze cultural representations of populations subordinated by race/ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality." (from the syllabus)
"Through the class's partnership with the Oakland International High School ..., this course establishes community relationships with the ability to work collaboratively with community partners." (from the syllabus)
"During the month of February, you will be paired with several high school students from Oakland International High School, a school in which all of the students are recent immigrants to the U.S. You will serve as a college mentor for the high school students by giving them advice to help prepare them for college. In addition, you will be asked to show your high school mentees around the CSUEB campus and take them to one of your classes.
Your grade for the community partnership will be based on a one-page (200 word) write-up of the experience and the short evaluations that the high school students will be asked to write about you.
In exchange for your mentorship, you will be allowed to conduct ethnographic interviews of your mentees. Then, you will write a 1000-word or less ethnographic account of their immigration experiences. The ethnography should heavily incorporate and apply immigration theory from the course.
Additional details about the community partnership and the immigration ethnography can be found on Blackboard." (from the syllabus)
Oakland International High School (OIHS) Campus Visit
Monday, February 3, 2014
9:20-10:00 Two Shuttles from Hayward BART Station to CSUEB Welcome Center
10:00-11:00 Campus Tour – Leaves from the CSUEB Welcome Center
11:00-11:30 Lunch – Pioneer Heights Student Housing, El Dorado Hall
11:30-12:00 OHIS and CSUEB Students Meet and Form Groups
- Pioneer Heights Student Housing, El Dorado Hall
12:00-1:50 Class Visit – At Multiple Classrooms around Campus
1:50-3:15 Ethnographic Interviews – At Multiple Locations around Campus
3:15-4:00 Dr. Austin's Immigration Class
- At Pioneer Heights Student Housing, El Dorado Hall
4:00-4:40 OIHS Students Return to Hayward BART Station
On January 7, 2014, Student Assistant Meleana Akolo gave a guest lecture on several of the theories of immigration presented in the book Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration (2002), by Massey, Durand, and Malone. The guest lecture was well prepared and informative, and it gave Ms. Akolo an opportunity to teach a college classroom. Later in the quarter, Ms. Akolo also led one of the activities from the book Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2007), edited by Adams, Bell, and Griffin.
Ms. Akolo has considered becoming a college professor. When she applies to graduate school, Dr. Austin will write her a letter of recommendation that highlights her skills in the classroom.
"Cicily Cooper is a volunteer with No More Deaths." No More Deaths is an organization operating in the Sonora Desert of Arizona whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative. No More Deaths volunteers work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights by providing humanitarian assistance to migrants crossing the border. Ms. Cooper and one of her colleagues visited Dr. Austin's SOC 4800: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries class during the Winter 2014 quarter to provide their personal perspectives about providing aid to migrants in the Sonora Desert. During the Winter 2014 quarter, funds from PIEL's Diversity and Social Justice Fellowship paid Ms. Cooper a modest honorarium for speaking in Dr. Austin's class.
Agent Jim Hernandez serves as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent along the California/Mexico border. Students in Dr. Austin's SOC 4800: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries study issues of border security from multiple perspectives. During the Winter 2014 quarter, Agent Hernandez visited the class via video chat to discuss his personal experiences patrolling the U.S./Mexico border.
Helen Zia, PhD (Honorary), is an American journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People (2001), a book that students in Dr. Austin's SOC 4800: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries class are required to read. During the Winter 2014 quarter, funds from PIEL's Diversity and Social Justice Fellowship paid Dr. Zia a modest honorarium for speaking in Dr. Austin's class." (from the syllabus)