Presiding: Liz Ann Baez Aguilar, Texas Community College Teachers Association President, San Antonio College
Welcome and Introductions
Report: Gail Malone, Chair, TCCTA Nominating Committee, South Plains College
Remarks: Michael Raphael Aguilar, Texas Regional President – Phi Theta Kappa, Lone Star College-CyFair
Keynote Speaker: Laura I. Rendón, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Texas-San Antonio
Given that community colleges enroll large numbers of low-income, first-generation students who are disproportionately impacted by structural inequalities such as poverty and poor schooling, this session will address how to foster success, equity and inclusion. Three areas will be specifically reviewed: 1) the importance of faculty and staff validation, encouragement and support; 2) the need to work not only with academic strengths, but also with student cultural capital; and 3) the importance of creating and working with high-impact teaching and learning practices that foster deep learning.
Laura I. Rendón, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Texas-San Antonio
Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She is also educational consultant and featured speaker at over 100 higher education institutions and conferences throughout the nation. Her presentations focus on topics such as student success, Latinx STEM students, sensing/thinking deep learning experiences, as well as self-care and healing.
A native of Laredo, Texas Rendón’s passion is ensuring that the nation’s educational system fosters success for all students, especially those who are low-income and first generation. Rendón developed “validation theory,” a student success framework that has been employed to frame research studies and programmatic activities in two- and four-year colleges and universities.
Rendón is a teaching and learning theorist and thought leader. She is the author of the book, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation, as well as numerous publications focusing on student success and contemplative education. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and former Fellow of the Fetzer Institute. In 2013 the Texas Diversity Council awarded Rendón the title of being one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas.
Rendón is co-editor of three new books which will be released in 2017-18:
1) The Latino Student Guide to STEM Careers
2) New Directions in Hispanic College Student Assessment and Academic Preparation
3) Hispanic College Students Move Forward: Policies, Planning and Progress in Promoting Access
Michael Aguilar, Texas Regional President, Phi Theta Kappa
Michael Raphael Aguilar is a student at Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas. He was born and raised in Houston and is a 2015 graduate of Cypress Woods High School. As a first-generation college student, Michael has developed a deep connection to his education and has strived to apply it in his involvement on campus and in the community.
As an Honors student, Michael has presented several projects at research conferences like the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium. Through an Honors Environmental Science service learning project, Michael helped organize a semester-long Food Drive to fight food insecurity among students at Lone Star-CyFair.
Michael values service and civic engagement and he understands that an education is the foundation for a future driven by these values. Hence, Michael is committed to finishing his Associate’s degree at Lone Star College and will be transferring after the Spring 2018 semester. He plans to study Economics and History at a four-year university and ultimately hopes to become a leader in his community through activism and scholarship.