PCC Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies Summit


    Pima Community College (PCC) invites students, faculty, staff, and the general public to learn about Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies.

    Scholars from state universities and community colleges, as well as a PCC student, will speak on the Summit’s theme, “Promoting Excellence in Social Justice Education,” in morning panels.

    Participants will help design a Center of Excellence at PCC in afternoon workshops.

    • Academic and student speakers from UA, ASU, and PCC
    • Also speaking, authors from Tucson Festival of Books
    • Workshops
    • Student art exhibits
    • Author book signings
    • University recruiters and transfer information
    • Community organization tables

    Lunch provided. Please register at:



    UPDATE: The Downtown Campus will host the PCC Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies Summit on March 10. The forum will take place in the Amethyst Room 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    • What: PCC Ethnic Studies Forum
    • When: Friday, March 10 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Downtown Campus Amethyst Room (in the Campus Center), 1255 N. Stone Ave.
    • Who: Everyone is welcome (subject to space limitations)
    • More information: Register now for the Summit at: tinyurl.com/EGTSSummit2017. PCC staff CEUs are available. A luncheon with music by “Gertie and the TO Boys” will be provided to registrants . For registration assistance or information, call (520) 206-7046.

    Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited to learn about Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies (EGTS) and participate in PCC’s initiative for an EGTS Center of Excellence.

    State university and community college scholars, PCC students, and authors from the Tucson Festival of Books will speak on the theme, “Promoting Excellence in Social Justice Education,” in morning panels. Summit participants will help lay the groundwork for an Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies Center of Excellence during afternoon workshops. Student art exhibits, author book signings, and information from Arizona university recruiters and community organizations will be available throughout the day.  Free and open to the public (based on space availability).

    Keynote speaker: Dr. Alejandro Lugo, Professor and Director, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University.

    Panelists are:

    • Dr. Christine M. Ami, Faculty/Navajo Cultural Arts Program, Diné College
    • Dr. Kevin L. Henry, Jr., Asst. Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, College of Education (Affiliate, Africana and LGBTQ Studies, University of Arizona
    • Dr. Peter Likins, Independent author and President Emeritus, University of Arizona
    • Dr. Kathryn Nakagawa, Assoc. Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University
    • Maria Leonard Olsen, Attorney and independent author
    • Judeeth Squeer, Student, Pima Community College
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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. Fascinating talks this a.m. by keynote Dr. Alejandro Lujo who grew up in Cudad de Juarez and in Las Cruses, NM, then went to college at NM State U., U of Wisconsin-Madison and finally got his Ph.D. from Stanford. He has worked for decades bringing gender/ethnic studies to his institutions and is now ASU Director of Transborder Studies. He noted how education is the key to success in these endeavors. The 1st panel were Dr. Ami (Navajo, who spoke of their Dine College ethnic/gender studies to self-sufficiency for their students), Dr. Henry Jr. (who is a black scholar in power and hegemonic policies/practices), and Dr. Likins, former UA President who adopted 6 children of black, Native American and Mexican heritages, but mostly spoke of celebrating “common humanity” in this new PCC Center. 2nd panel were Dr. Nakagawa (Japanese American who outlined how ASU got their APA studies program in 1998, through “connections” and “creative conflict”), then Atty. Olsen (half Filipina) who has written 2 books on American families and whose son is gay; and PCC student Judeeth Squeer who works with queer/trans communities, who believes there should be “no barriers between people and education”. Afternoon workshops will be on creating an Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies Center (or something of that nature/name) at PCC. Lee Lambert, Chancellor will speak at 2:45 p.m. before workshop results are presented.

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