PCC Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies Summit

    May 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    PCC Downtown
    1255 N Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85709

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Over 150 people at this summit today, with Welcome by Chancellor (Half Korean American) Lee Lambert, who said that PCC is committed to being an “institution of social justice”, with 57% minority students. Also attending were 4 of 5 PCC Governing Bd. members Demion Clinco, Mark Hanna, Sylvia Lee, and Luis Gonzales.
      Keynote Dr. Valenzuela spoke of “ethnic studies programs catching fire” in US and Canada, opening up pathways to teaching and building community (bilingual/ELL). She informed the audience about their Austin Texas project by Nuestro Grupo leading to Academia Cuauhtli curriculum, with 100 teachers in elem. to high schools, teaching/promoting Tejano culture, history, civil rights. Hidden hazards are resistance to change and past policy of “weapons of mass distraction.” (and probably racism)
      Then PCC program included five diverse panels from EGTS (Ethnic, Gender, Transborder Studies), as well as Ethnic Studies (UA and PCC), Gender & Women’s Studies, Global Transborder Studies and finally other initiatives/collaborations from TUSD, Santa Rita HS, PCC. Many presenters explained their ongoing programs and initiatives of inclusive, diversity and community. A DACA student Maya at PCC spoke about how difficult it is now for her to continue her college studies. Workshops in the afternoon to concentrate on imagining their Center for Excellence.


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