"We are in the world to change the world"
(American poet and political activist)
If you are a student who is new to presenting, you will find in the forthcoming 14th Annual Student Research Conference a safe, nurturing environment to learn how to effectively present. The conference will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 and is open to all students at The Claremont Colleges and beyond and is hosted by the Minority Mentoring Program. This year, our conference committee is proud to announce that the conference theme is "We Are in the World to Change the World: A Symposium for Advanced Graduate Research and Social Entrepreneurship."
As scholars in higher education the question where to draw the line when it comes to unbiased research (theory construction) and biased day-to-day application (activism) of that scholarship can be a difficult one to answer and one we struggle with in both our individual and academic research. It is our hope that this year's conference will continue a long history of dialogue on how we as emerging scholars can actively partake in engaging both theoretical and activist approaches in higher education and daily life.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Mario Rocha discovered his voice as a writer in juvenile hall while participating in theatre and writing programs and struggling for justice. After being wrongfully imprisoned for ten and a half years, Mario finally regained his freedom at the age of 27. As a self- taught scholar, Mario's work has been featured in various independent publications, books, and academic journals. Mario is a frequent guest speaker at juvenile halls, prisons, schools and universities across the country. He is currently working on a manuscript titled “Young Lifer: Growing Up Locked Up.” Mario currently attends The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and continues to be an advocate for social change through the Sixth Sun, an independent multimedia and youth literacy project which he started in 2003 while in prison.
Sheriff Baca is the founder of Public Trust Policing that includes diverse advisory councils; a Clergy Council of more than 300 ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, and leaders of every faith community. He also operates sixteen nonprofit youth centers; ten at-risk regional training centers for at-risk youth ages 10-18, and provides 27 deputies to 240 elementary and middle schools who teach 50,000 children about positive solutions to the problems of drugs and gangs. He operates one of law enforcement’s largest prevention and intervention programs in the nation.
TOPICS / DISCUSSION PANELS
Scholars from a broad range of disciplines will take the time to share their work with their fellow Claremont Graduate University peers and engage in a transdisciplinary dialogue that creates new ways in which we can combine theory and practice together.
Please visit our FAQ section for questions you may have about the conference, specially if you are participating in it. Any other general questions, concerns, or comments please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.