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Magic Monday with CGU’s School of Educational Studies

The SES Community will be gathering on Monday, February 26 for a Magic Monday, a designated Monday each month when our community gathers for fellowship and enrichment.

Each Magic Monday follows a similar structure:

4:00 – 5:00 pm: On-Campus Office Hours with SES Staff and Faculty
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with our esteemed faculty and staff members to learn more about our master’s and Ph.D. programs. If there’s a specific faculty member you’d like to meet, please reach out to SES Admissions representative, Carina Navarro ( or 909-607-0201).

5:15 – 6:45 pm: Enrichment activity (see below) 
Meet at Albrecht Auditorium in Stauffer Hall (Red brick building on corner of 10th and Dartmouth Ave.) Snacks & refreshments served.  Friends and family are welcome.

This month’s enrichment activity: Faculty showcase & book reveal featuring Drs. Deborah Faye Carter, Angela Locks and Rocio Mendoza and their new publication, Debunking the Grit Narrative in Higher Education.

Debunking the Grit Narrative in Higher Education examines pressing structural issues currently impacting African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Native American students accessing college and succeeding in U.S. postsecondary environments. Drawing from asset-based work of critical race education scholars such as Yosso, Ladson-Billings, and contributing author Solórzano, the authors interrogate how systems and structures shape definitions of academic merit and grit, how these systems constrain opportunities to attain access and equitable educational outcomes, and challenge widely held beliefs that Students of Color need grit to succeed in college. Dominant narratives of educational success and failure tend to focus mostly on individual student effort. Contributing authors explore the myriad ways that institutional structures can support Students of Color utilizing their strengths through critical perspectives, asset-based, anti-deficit perspectives to access postsecondary environments and experience success. Scholars, scholar-practitioners, students affairs professionals, and educational leaders will benefit from this timely edited book as they work to transform postsecondary institutions into entities that meet the needs of Students and Communities of Color.

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