My name is Marie Nubia-Feliciano, and I am a student in the College of Educational Studies PhD program at Chapman University. am now in the final stages of my Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Curricular and Cultural Studies at Chapman University. My dissertation focuses on the educational experiences of Afro-Borinqueñas (Puerto Rican women), and compares their experiences in the U.S. mainland and on the island of Puerto Rico. As an Afro-Borinqueña myself, having been born to Puerto Rican parents on the island of Vieques, the research is very personal and as such, I feel an obligation to provide a place and space where we can share our experiences in college.
Nou Vang, Integrated Educational Studies class of 2013, was awarded in May 2013 a Fulbright Scholar – English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan for 2013-2014. In addition to being an IES major, Nou also holds minors in women’s studies and psychology. While at Chapman, she was a first-generation Promising Futures student, a residential advisor and active in numerous clubs and honor societies, including the national Society of Collegiate Scholars and Mortar Board.
I recently visited the Chapman website and saw the new caption promoting Chapman as one family with many stories. I found it uncanny how this coincides with my recent involvement in planning a district-wide event for all Santa Ana Unified school district families. It was an affair where over 300 people came to share their stories- stories featuring their traditions, family treasures, and recipes.
I am shouting from the rooftops about the upcoming On March 7, 2014 opportunity to learn from national experts on evolution and climate change. Bill Nye (the science guy!) will host this open-panel discussion, which features our very own Brian Alters, Ph.D., Director of Evolution and Education Research Center and President of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).
Ph.D. student Aja McKee, Audri Gomez, and Litzy Ruiz blog about their experience at the TASH conference (The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) in Chicago, Illinois
Silje Gaugstad, an International student from Norway seeking a Masters in Leadership Development, also selected Chapman. A recent student profile sheds light on her reasons for selecting Chapman, as well as her experiences here.
Marisol Rexach, Ph.D. in Education student, responds to the Jan. 13, 2014 blog: “The Latest and Youngest donor to the CES – Michael Sallinger.” Michael Sallinger, the young boy featured on a recent CES blog for his donation to the Kathleen Muth Reading Center, is learning more than reading skills. This “pay it forward” opportunity has given him a chance to recognize the importance of unselfish giving.
I have been confronted with the reality of a Christian-centered academic calendar and how it privileges and marginalizes. While Christians are assured time off for religious observances, students of other faiths must make arrangements to complete missed assignments. In most cases, it is an accepted practice by all involved. However, when the issue of attendance is the focus, there are some serious inequities.
Rachel Chan, School Counseling , visited the Nguio-Viet Daily Newspaper and the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance to learn more about Asian cultural characteristics as protective and risk factors in mental health. The goal was to consider best practices in counseling for this population.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I am struck with the reality that his actions mattered. His life mattered. My head flooded with thought, I recognize that some people touch our lives in ways we rarely identify. His self sacrifice always left me awestruck and I contemplate whether or not I have what it takes to combat injustice.