The FACES workshop series is designed to create a safe space for faculty and staff to engage in conversations pertaining to the challenges our students often encounter on campus. By having a better understanding of where our students come from and who they are as individuals, we can enhance and strengthen the environment and support that we provide to them. FACES will give us an opportunity to hear from leading experts about today’s graduate student populations. These very important conversations will bring our community together to discuss how we can better serve the many FACES of our student body.
Please note that the last workshop, IN YOUR FACE, is a story night and it is open to the entire CGU community. IN YOUR FACE will provide students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to share their experiences, their stories.
Speaker: Sumun (Sumi) Pendakur
Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur is the associate dean for institutional diversity at Harvey Mudd College. In her role, Dean Sumi leads the Office of Institutional Diversity, a multifaceted social justice education center. She and her team are responsible for campus-based cross-cultural educational programming. She also co-directs the Summer Institute, an academic affairs and student affairs collaborative four-week summer immersion program (academic exposure and student development) for targeted admitted students. In addition, she serves as the chief diversity officer, partnering with academic affairs to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate and inclusion. In her role, she advises faculty search teams on embedding equity and diversity in all aspects of the search/selection process. She also provides diversity trainings for a variety of units and departments.
Sumi loves dialoguing and working with inquisitive, thoughtful Mudders!
Dean Sumi is a scholar-practitioner, as well as a highly skilled facilitator, social justice educator and presenter. Through her award-winning work in student affairs, she has served as an advocate for Asian Pacific American community issues, in addition to offering leadership development, mentoring and community engagement/empowerment programs. She also engages in cross-cultural program development and institutional advocacy. Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NCORE and ASHE. In addition, she is an Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition Fellow. Prior to joining the College’s Office of Dean of Students team in 2012, Sumi spent 7.5 years at at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American student services.
Dean Sumi is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a double major in women’s studies and history and a minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
In 2007, Dean Sumi won the USC LGBT Service Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment. In 2010, Sumi won the NASPA Gold Excellence Award in the Multicultural and Inclusion category for the creation of Project ReMiX. In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. Her dissertation was titled “The Search for Transformative Agents: The Counter-Institutional Positioning of Faculty and Staff at an Elite University.”
In 2014, Sumi was recognized with the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award by the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community.
Sumi’s publications include the following:
Pendakur, S.L. (2014). Going against the grain: Higher education practitioners countering neoliberalism and postracial ideology. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Lee-Nichols, M., Pendakur, S.L., & Uy, P. (2014). Complicating the complications: A conversation. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Pendakur, S. & Pendakur, V. (2012). Let’s get radical: The theory and praxis of being a practitioner-ally for Asian Pacific Islander American college students. In D.M. Ching & A. Agbayani (Eds.), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success (pp. 31–50). Washington, D.C.: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Diversity Talks provides students with an opportunity to present a thought or idea by sharing their story or research with their peers. We hope that through Diversity Talks the students presenting will encourage other students to walk away with a new perspective or idea. Diversity Talks will set the ground for students to engage in dialogue, and learn from one another while developing an inclusive and welcoming space for all.
Students interested in sharing their story or research through Diversity Talks will have 10-15 minutes to do so.
For further information please contact, Aracely Torres, Director of Student Life and Diversity at: email@example.com or 909.607.0789