Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wrapping up CAFE 2015

A warm thank you to all who kindly contributed to make this years CAFE such a success. We had 71 registered participants, while a trickle of people  throughout Friday, the conference ended with a grand-scale full house on Saturday. I'm so happy that we managed to engage not only research oriented graduate students but also so many educators. (picture: panel session Saturday, Antar Tichavakunda with High School students from LA)

We look forward to a great conference in 2016 that will provide a new opportunity to take part both for old and new PFIers. On that note, it is not too early to start thinking about a good and engaging theme already now.

To mention a few of the highlights of this year's conference: We benefited from the eminent, tone setting and inspiring talks by Dean Suárez-Orozco and Professor Torres. The opportunity to weave a dialogue with the help of these two Distinguished Professors of Education throughout Friday was a genuinely discursive occasion of live academic dialogue in action.
(picture: Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco)

Dr. Huerta added an important dimension by illuminating on issues pertinent to the local history of California and Antar Tichavakunda and his group of high-school students who shared on their experiences of engaged student led urban community work in Los Angeles.  (picture: first panel session on Friday 24th)
The experienced contribution of Dr. Warshel in moderating and on-the-go flexibly structuring on Friday was an invaluable support in bringing together the first panel of presenters and the following discussion.

When I left Moore Hall on Saturday, it was raining, and I could not help but to think that we did experience a shower of rain in the desert this weekend.

Susan Wiksten, UCLA GSEIS Coordinator of Global Programs and PFI Student Program Officer

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