Category: Education Issues

Achieving Equality for Women with Mary Ann Mason

Conversations with History welcomes UC Berkeley’s Professor Mary Ann Mason to discuss her career as a university official, historian, and lawyer, as well as the changing role of women in academia and society.

Mason says moving to Berkeley at the end of the 60′s raised her awareness of issues, particularly the women’s rights movement, which was just beginning to gain momentum.

She was teaching history at a small college in Oakland when she joined the women’s consciousness raising movement. They held a gathering of women teaching history at four year colleges and they realized what a small group they were. There were only eight of them, in all of California. As for the UCs at the time, Mason reports that there were only 1.3 women historians for each campus.

Throughout her time in Berkeley, Mason watched the equality of women improve. When she got hired as a professor by UC Berkeley in 1989, about 15 percent of the faculty were women, which she reports is a huge improvement from just 2 percent in 1972.

Hear how these cultural and structural changes came about in “Achieving Equality for Women with Mary Ann Mason.”

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Ensuring Transfer Success 2013 – California DREAMin’

AB 540 is a California state law passed in 2001 that allows qualified undocumented students to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition at California’s public higher education institutions. The California DREAM act passed in 2011 allows these applicants to apply for state funded and non state funded financial aid. Though these laws ease the financial burden on students, ensuring access to these benefits is not always a straightforward process.

Transfer professionals are here to help. Listen in as they share insights into how to apply and qualify these programs and more. Watch “Ensuring Transfer Success 2013 – California DREAMin’” or check out assist.org for more online student-transfer information.

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The Importance of Mentoring Women and Minority Faculty

Ever since the late 1970′s women have outnumbered men in college enrollments. That number has been steadily increasing to reach a male to female ratio of 43.6 to 56.4 in public universities and a nearly 40-60 split in private universities, based on 2008 enrollment data from the Digest of Education Statistics.

If women have consistently outnumbered men in college student populations for decades, why are the faculties of colleges dominated by men?

Dr. Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science visits the University of California Office of the President to give a lecture in part with UC ADVANCE PAID, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that enables campuses to recruit, retain and advance more women and underrepresented minority women faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Watch as Dr. Malcom discusses “The Importance of Mentoring Women and Minority Faculty at Every Career Stage,” making the case that universities need to have a faculty that reflects the student population, meaning that they should be as diverse as the student body they teach.

Be sure to catch other videos in the series, Mentoring Faculty in an Inclusive Climate: Supporting Women and URM STEM Faculty at UC.

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Hilda Solis and the Value of Higher Education

Hilda Solis was the first Latina to serve as Secretary of Labor and that is just one of her many “firsts.”

She was the first member in her family to go to college, earning degrees from California State Polytechnic University and University of Southern California. She was the first Latina elected into the California State Senate in 1994 and was re-elected in 1998. Solis was the first Latina to become a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee in congress and her nomination as Secretary of Labor made her the first Latina to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

Solis’ triumph for Latin’s across the nation made her an ideal candidate to speak at this Helen Edison Lecture in honor of Cesar Chavez at UC San Diego. In “A Look at What Cesar Chavez Symbolizes in the 21st Century with Hilda Solis,” Solis discusses the importance of higher education in the creation of a diverse and skilled workforce.

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Stereotype Threat Up Close: See It, Fix It

Stereotype threat is the experience of anxiety in a situation where a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about his or her social group. In school, stereotype threat can cause underrepresented students to perform below their potential. It can cause them to focus less on learning and more on the worrisome prospect of performing poorly.

The sting of stereotype threat can be felt by anyone: male or female, black or white, Asian or Latino, young or old. But when the threat is chronic, it can contribute to enduring patterns of inequality in school and beyond.

What can be done to reverse the effects of stereotype threat?

Claude Steele, social psychologist and dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, illuminates the experience of stereotype threat and highlights the powerful ways we can diminish it and close the achievement gap between groups.

Watch “Stereotype Threat Up Close: See It, Fix It,” presented by the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara.

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