Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, February 21: Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Registration Deadline: January 21st, 2013
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Workshop I: “Storytelling as Community-Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism” 

•9am-4pm (lunch provided)

•Workshop Fee: (Free for UTPA staff, faculty, and students). For participants not affiliated with UTPA, a $15.00 registration fee is due by the deadline.

Workshop leader Dr. Francisco Guajardo (Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Center for Bilingual Studies, UTPA) facilitates a process to author testimonios and digital narratives with participants and students. Process includes production of audio narratives through written narrative form and the use of digital audio technology. This particular pedagogy and participant-generated content exemplify the type of work possible in a school and community context. Participants receive a certificate showing the Professional Development hours earned.

Workshop II: “Transforming Chicana/o Experiences through Graduate Studies”

•9am-4pm (lunch provided)

•Workshop is for undergraduate and graduate students.

•Workshop Fee: (Free for UTPA students). Students at other institutions need to pay the conference registration fee by the January 21st deadline. 

Workshop leaders Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal (University of Utah), Dr. Aída Hurtado (University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. Marcos Pizarro (San José State University), and Dr. Sheila Contreras (Michigan State University) will mentor and encourage students interested in graduate studies with a focus on both M.A. and PhD programs. In the morning session, workshop leaders will discuss the Chican@ and Latin@ educational experience, with an afternoon session focused on what graduate students do in their various programs and with their degrees. The workshop provides students with direct contact with these decision-makers and intellectual leaders. The workshop may also cover the application process, including cover letters, writing samples, and other components of the graduate degree-seeking and professional development process.