TESTED: Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Nabbing a spot in one of New York City’s best public high schools can change kids’ lives—but who gets in?

Curtis Chin’s TESTED follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test.

Join the College of Education’s MESA Abriendo Caminos team and the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies’ Asian and Asian American Studies program as we host a documentary screening and Q&A with TESTED’s filmmaker.

Friday, March 16, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Hendrix Auditorium

This event is free and registration is not required. 

About Curtis Chin

Curtis has written for ABC, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon, and won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. His first film, Vincent Who? has screened at nearly 400 colleges, NGOs and corporations in four countries. Curtis is currently a visiting scholar at New York University.

Service through Social Activism: A Discussion with Dominican Sisters and Nobel Peace Prize Winners Carol Gilbert & Ardeth Platte

Looking into the eyes of children is certainly part of the conviction that has led two Catholic sisters, Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, both former teachers, to a lifetime of preaching against and protesting nuclear weapons. Their personal protests started in Michigan in the 1980s, where their impassioned actions working with Home for Peace and Justice led lawmakers in the State of Michigan to declare it a nuclear weapons-free grounds, as it remains today.

Tuesday, March 6
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
Tam Alumni Center Grand Hall

Registration is free and open to the public.

Sisters Carol and Ardeth have spent 23 years educating, organizing actions of nonviolence and resistance, and rallying their community at the Pentagon, White House, Embassies, United Nations, and many nuclear and war sites throughout the country. The two together have spent more than 15 years in jails and prisons during their years of activism and in working for justice and peace.

In 2017, the Sisters celebrated an historic moment when peace organizations and advocates from around the world joined together at the United Nations to write a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty was signed on July 7, 2017 by 122 countries—the United States not among them.

Most notably, the group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which Sisters Gilbert and Platte are part of, was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Today, the sisters continue raising awareness about the use of nuclear weapons and the humanitarian and environmental disaster the world and its citizens would face if any country activated a weapon.

Second Annual Doctoral Colloquium

Join the College of Education for an evening of scholarship featuring faculty and student research. Registration is free and required. Dinner will be served.

Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 -7:30 pm
Thomas & Mack Center Board Room and Meeting Rooms A-C

Are you interested in presenting your research at the Colloquium? Register to present a poster here.

Multicultural Educational Services Alliance Hosts an Evening with Zaretta Hammond

MESA Welcomes Ms. Zaretta Hammond as part of the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into Teaching grant project. Please join us to hear Ms. Hammond discuss her book as well as her framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching: Ready4Rigor.

Join us Friday, February 9, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Hendrix Auditorium (UNLV Campus)

More information and event registration is available here.

Ms. Hammond focuses on making culturally responsive pedagogy understandable and practical for educators. She uses the lens of neuroscience to help teachers see the interaction between student relationships, academic mindset, and processing content that leads to higher achievement for diverse students.
She is a former writing teacher and has been consulting with school districts and non-profit organizations around issues of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 20 years.
This event is made possible through funding by the Nevada Department of Education’s Great Teaching and Leading Fund. The principal investigator on the project is Dr. Norma A. Marrun.