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Friday, October 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
E-129: Co-Authoring Learning and Development: Transformative Learning in a Community College FILLING

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This session will discuss an alternative retention model for community colleges implemented in the Peer Activist Learning Community (PALC), a faculty-led, peer-supported project at LaGCC. Inspired by Stetsenko’s Transformative Activist Stance (2016), PALC seeks to transform transmission-type, utilitarian educational practices, while spuring agentive learning through critical-theoretical pedagogy (Vianna & Stetsenko, 2011) wherein critical concepts in the social sciences/humanities are learned as analytical tools for (a) promoting critical engagement with knowledge, disclosing its competing and often contradictory ethical-political underpinnings while simultaneously (b) facilitating a stance on community and institutional practices in the college and the wider world, to contest the status quo. Framed within critical theoretical readings, discussions connect, contextualize, and transform students' conceptualization of educational practices as they share their struggles with courses and with connecting college learning with their aspirations and participation in community practices. This process bridges students’ learning goals and overall life pursuits and positions them as active contributors to a curriculum that addresses their thematic universe (Freire, 1970). As they negotiate diverse discourses and positions toward social issues and practices, students gain confidence to challenge and transform the power dynamics in pedagogical research and to contest the imposition of academic knowledge that perpetuates passivity and oppression.

Speakers
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Sukhrob Abdushukurov

Community College Student, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Sukhrob Abdushukurov is a student majoring in psychology at LaGuardia Community College. He was the winner of the 37th Annual Library Research Review Competition at LaGCC in 2017. Sukhrob, as an active PALC member since Spring 2017, has presented... Read More →
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Lucia Dikaczova

City College Student/LaGCC Graduate, City College, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Lucia Dikaczova is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at City College. She participated in the CUNY Undergraduate Research program where she worked on a project in astronomy and astrophysics in collaboration with Natural History... Read More →
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Thiago Lucena

Hunter College Student/LaGCC Graduate, Hunter College, CUNY
Bio: Thiago Lucena is a Leadership Fellow for the Futures Initiative Leadership program studying Psychology at Hunter College. Thiago, as an active PALC member since Fall 2016, has presented on a PALC symposium for the Futures Initiative series, University Worth Fighting For event... Read More →
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Francisco Medina

Graduate Student, Graduate Center, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/him Bio: Francisco A. Medina is a doctoral student in the Urban Education program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is currently a MAGNET mentor for the Pipeline program and a research assistant in the Peer Activist Learning Community (PALC). In general... Read More →
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Araminta Poole

Community College Student, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Araminta Poole is a Psychology student at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Araminta, as an active PALC member since Spring 2015, has presented on a PALC symposium for the Futures Initiative series, University Worth Fighting For event, titled... Read More →
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Michael Rifino

Graduate Student/LaGCC Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY Graduate Center
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Mike Rifino is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. As a LaGCC student, Mike Rifino began his experience with student-led research and community building when he was invited to the Peer Activist Learning... Read More →
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Eduardo Vianna

Professor, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Eduardo Vianna is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the CUNY-Graduate Center. Drawing from the Transformative Activist Stance approach, he has carried out research in various... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
LaGuardia, Room E-129, E Building 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA

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