Celso Batalha completed his PhD in Astronomy at Observatorio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil in 1988, and went to the US for a two years post doctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley, where he met his wife. After more than a decade of traveling back and forth between countries, and now with four kids, he settled in the US and retired from research. For 10 years, Dr. Batalha has been a full time instructor of Physics at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose (EVC), and responsible for the public outreach activities of Montgomery Hill Observatory located on the northern hills of EVC campus. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Batalha has held a life long interest in the origins of religions, the different systems of Yoga, Masonry and Buddhism.
Teaching sciences at a college level has its own challenges, especially when growing number of students lack basic math skills and studying habits to fully appreciate the gift of knowledge and the rewarding experience of applying that knowledge to predict outcomes and improve peoples lives. Dr. Batalha always considered that his science classes lacked important emotional bonds, capable of connecting the otherwise cold course contents of Physics with the students' rich historical background. Quite unexpectedly, Dr. Batalha found examples of students emotional commitment with course curriculum in several posters presented by students at the SHREI conference in June 8. He then decided to use Human Rights issues to spice up his science courses incorporating the subject of Global Warming and its social consequences (forced migration, relocation of farmlands, water and energy supplies, etc) in EVC science curriculum. He plans on implementing these ideas this fall in his Earth Sciences course, Astronomy 10 in spring 14, and in the algebra-based Physics course in summer 14.
Originally from the Washington, DC area, Chesa lived in Switzerland for five years before moving to California in 1999. She received her BA and MA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. During her time in graduate school, she was a member of the Critical Filipina/o Research Cluster and co-founded a tenant's union for student families. She has also taught creative writing to female victims of human trafficking and currently teaches composition classes at De Anza College and UCSC. Her research interests include the social construction of women and mothers, prostitution and workers' rights, and digital humanities. Her most pressing human rights project is bringing quality education to under-served and underrepresented groups. As a SHREI fellow, she hopes to combine her growing interest in digital humanities with her years-long dedication to social justice. She plans to develop curriculum on human rights violations in the technology industry while exploring new ways to engage students in education through technology.
Chesa currently splits her time between the East Bay and Santa Cruz, where she also raises her eight-year-old daughter.
Patricia Gibbs Stayte started her post secondary education at Vancouver Community College and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She is a professor of Sociology and chair of the Sociology program at Foothill College. Her interests lie in the race, class and gendered dynamics of everyday life. Patricia enjoys helping students see individual actions in social context, develop an awareness of social justice issues and a Sociological Imagination, or the ability to make connections between personal life and public issues, and then act on the basis of that knowledge. Patricia has been actively involved in curriculum development for Foothill’s Sociology program specifically as well as at the College and State levels. She holds several academic awards for sociological research and has published popular press articles on such topics as affordable housing, child support legislation, environmental issues, labor disputes and the effects of welfare cutbacks on poor women. She has published scholarly articles on the politics of women's leisure, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, and comparative analyses of alternative and mainstream media. She looks forward to connecting with others interested in Human Rights issues and exploring curriculum possibilities in this area.
Currently working as an English Instructor at Foothill College, the College of San Mateo, San Francisco State University, and San Francisco City College, Jordan Hayes views required college courses in reading and composition as opportunities for innovative course design of social import. Being a SHREI fellow has supported his creation of a second-year composition class Hailing the World, which takes as its field of inquiry ways in which victimized communities have hailed the attention of the world polity in the name of varying conceptions of transnational justice.
In addition to course design, SHREI has facilitated Jordan’s collaboration on a retrospective analysis of SHREI curricula from prior years, a project tentatively titled “Rhetorics of Affect, Rhetorics of Governmentality: The Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative’s Interdisciplinary Invitation to Collegiate Composition.”
An alumnus of Oberlin College and San Francisco State University, Jordan’s first experience at Stanford University was the successful completion of research for his Master’s Thesis, “’Brothers in Christ?’ — Drum Magazine’s Photo-Journalistic Contestation of Apartheid Civil Religion." His recent research interests include applications of New Literacy Studies to instructional practice; the use of class webzines as platforms for gathering and contextualizing student research, writing, responses; and theories of difficulty which figure reading and writing challenges as the negotiation and contestation of cognitive, social, and cultural difference.
Lesley Louden is an art and documentary photographer and Professor in the Photography Departments at Foothill College, Cabrillo College, and West Valley College. She graduated with her BFA in Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, earned her MA in Photo-Media from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lesley’s interest in human rights began upon collaboration with documentary filmmaker Anne Evans. Their projects include documentaries for the African Library Project, the Colombian environmental agency CORALINA, and BUILD, a real-world entrepreneurial experience that empowers youth from under-resourced communities in East Palo Alto and Oakland, CA. Louden’s recent documentary photography series, “Learning to Hope: Children, HIV, and Education in Lesotho” was part of Moving Walls 15, an exhibition featuring photographers who cover a range of social justice and human rights issues of significance to the Soros Open Society Foundations in NYC.
Utilizing the web environment and non-traditional venues for the presentation of multi-media installations, Lesley’s studio-based and multi-cultural diversity course students strive to explore projects for positive social change.
She teaches Photojournalism/Documentary Photography, New Media & Social Change, and other courses in Photography and Multi-Media.
Julie Maia taught at UC Berkeley for seven years before joining the English Department at West Valley College, where she also chairs the Women and Gender Studies Program. A first-generation college student, she has dedicated her career to creating educational opportunities for students who would otherwise have no access to higher education. She is especially committed to working with immigrants, refugees, first generation students, veterans, and women transitioning off of welfare. While her courses focus on critical thinking and composition skills, her pedagogy emphasizes honoring each person’s dignity and encouraging students to probe social issues with intelligence and empathy.
Julie has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for research on early modern women writers (the topic of her doctoral studies). In 2005, a Fulbright-Hays fellowship enabled her to study the changing roles of women throughout India. This experience led her to investigate how Indian authors rewrite Hindu myths in order to address contemporary human rights issues.
While serving as Language Arts Division Chair, Julie worked with colleagues to establish a vibrant Global Citizenship program. Through SHREI, she hopes to strengthen this program’s efforts to help students envision a just and humane future.
Erica Onugha is a full-time professor in the English Department at Foothill College. As an English teacher she believes that language matters and that it is vital to not just talk about human rights, but to provide students with the vocabulary and historical context to help them critically discuss and analyze human rights issues all over the world. Her courses focus on using writing as a tool to empower students by examining how disenfranchised and marginalized writers harnessed the power of the written word to create lasting changes to public sentiment, policy and law.
Her goal as a SHREI Fellow is to develop a human rights campus initiative for community colleges that provides curriculum and programming for faculty, staff and administrators that will facilitate full campus dialogue and engagement with human rights issues.
She is a PhD candidate in the English Department at UCLA, where she received her MA in English, and specializes in African-American and nineteenth-century American literature. Her dissertation examines time, labor and motherhood in nineteenth-century autobiographies by black women in the US. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley.
SHREI Newsletter Winter 2014
New Workshops for Community College Instructors; Art at De Anza College; 2013-14 SHREI Fellows;