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June is LGBTQI pride month!

This is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Bay area has a plethora of pride events including Frameline Film Festival, Art and Music shows and exhibits, parades, marches, workshops, kids events and so much more Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The queer contribution to collective human dignity throughout time has gone largely unseen, undermined and unnoticed. These contributions are critical to societies being humane. Queer communities and especially queer communities of color have worked tirelessly to ensure basic human rights while bearing the brunt of racism and homophobia and/or transphobia.  LGBTQI history month is in October, but June is the month to celebrate, educate and stand in pride for queer communities all over the world.

 Although not in June, there will be a Seminar on Queerness on July 28th, 2018 10AM facilitated by WISR Doctoral Student Rosa Reinikainen. Come and learn more about queer experience, history, and contribution to the democracy.

For more information, our most recent events flyers can be found here: http://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

 

WISR’s Annual Conference will be Thursday October 4th through Saturday, October 7th or Sunday the 8th. Save the Date!

May 30, 11 am – 1 pm PST Understanding Race & Law Through Mindfulness May 30th with Rhonda Magee JD

Contemplative Pedagogy: Race, Law and Mindfulness with Law Professor Rhonda Magee and CSSA Founders Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy

Contemplative Pedagogy: De-Biasing Educational Environments
Understanding Race & Law Through Mindfulness
May 30th with Rhonda Magee JD, Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy
Free, open to the public and lunch is provided
11 am – 1 pm PST
or online
Log on:https://zoom.us/j/576505422
Or call 408-740-3766, 646-876-9923
or 669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 576 505 422

visit www.socialspiritualactivism.org
The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively
Through Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices
(Georgetown Law Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Spring 2016)
By Rhonda V. Magee
Introduction
Despite much good effort to the contrary, reports from a wide variety of fields and locations serve daily to remind us that race still matters in America. To many legal scholars,these reports are not only not news but they suggest work that must be done within the legal academy to minimize racial bias within contemporary law. For example, in his groundbreaking Article, Trojan Horses of Race, Jerry Kang highlighted the research identifying and confirming
implicit bias as a pervasive cognitive, interpersonal dynamic, and placed on the research agenda that should follow this revelation scholarship by law professors examining “teaching strategies,”
as well as “debiasing programs, and [educational] environments.”

Thursday Evening Weekly CSSA Workshop Series, until June 21: 7 pm to 9 pm CSSA COHORT STUDY TWO-PART WORKSHOP Synchronicity, Flow and Responsiveness Cycle in Communication

Join Sky Nelson-Issacs and the Center for Social-Spiritual Activism at Western Institute for Social Research Evening Workshop Series Thursdays until June 21,  7-9 pm

We will offer a series of workshops on Synchronicity, Flow and the Responsiveness Cycle in Communication.

https://www.synchronicityinstitute.com/about

CSSA Thursday Night Cohort Study Group
Hosted at WISR 2930 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

Email social.spiritual@activist.com for details
7:00 PM-9:oo PM Pacific Time (US
and Canada)
Log On: https://zoom.us/j/656166259
Or call 408-740- 3766, 646-876- 9923
or 669-900- 6833; Meeting ID: 656 166 259

To participate by videoconference or
phone please RSVP to
social.spiritual@activist.com and provide a phone
# in case of technical difficulties.

For more information go to
www.socialspiritualactivism.org.
For information about a degree
specialization with CSSA, go to:
https:// socialspiritualactivism.org/academics-and-curriculum

JUNE 30 9:30 to 1:30 pm. WISR All School Gathering: WISR in the 21st Century

6/30 WISR in the 21st Century:
Using Online Methods in the Pursuit of Accreditation with Librarian Cynthia Roberson and Learning Technologist Mark Wilson

This will be an ALL SCHOOL GATHERING–PARTICIPATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR ALL STUDENTS & FACULTY

All School Gathering (ASG)
Working on WISR’s
Strategic Plan

9:30am – 1:30 pm
All School Gathering (ASG)
Working on WISR’s Strategic Plan

TSaturday, June 30th 
10 am to 1 pm
Cynthia Roberson, MLIS, WISR Librarian and WISR Learning Technologist, Mark Wilson, Facilitators.

This seminar will be devoted to demonstrating for WISR students and faculty (as well as Board and active alumni): 1) how to access library resources online–for use in courses as well as individual student research projects; 2) copyright and fair use regulations we must comply with while using library resources, physical and digital; 3) Google Suite for Education for collaboration and communication, Google Drive for storage (resources, meeting minutes and course content, alike), the newly required participation in online forums, and Google Sites for eportfolios, courses, blogs, and much more.

MFT Students: Attendance at the AllSchool Gathering counts as attendance at an MFT seminar. 

Please RSVP by e-mail to
john.bilorusky@wisr.edu to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a phone # in case of technical difficulties.

Log on: https://zoom.us/j/435216380
Or call 646-876-9923, 669-900-6833  or 408-740- 3766; Meeting ID: 435 216 380

May 30; 11 am to 1 pm CSSA Salon Series: Contemplative Pedagogy Race, Law and Mindfulness with Rhonda Magee

Contemplative Pedagogy: Race, Law and Mindfulness with Law Professor Rhonda Magee and CSSA Founders Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy

Contemplative Pedagogy: De-Biasing Educational Environments
Understanding Race & Law Through Mindfulness
May 30th with Rhonda Magee JD, Peter Gabel and Michael McAvoy
Free, open to the public and lunch is provided
11 am – 1 pm PST
or online
Log on:https://zoom.us/j/576505422
Or call 408-740-3766, 646-876-9923
or 669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 576 505 422

visit www.socialspiritualactivism.org
The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively
Through Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices
(Georgetown Law Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Spring 2016)
By Rhonda V. Magee
Introduction
Despite much good effort to the contrary, reports from a wide variety of fields and locations serve daily to remind us that race still matters in America. To many legal scholars,these reports are not only not news but they suggest work that must be done within the legal academy to minimize racial bias within contemporary law. For example, in his groundbreaking Article, Trojan Horses of Race, Jerry Kang highlighted the research identifying and confirming
implicit bias as a pervasive cognitive, interpersonal dynamic, and placed on the research agenda that should follow this revelation scholarship by law professors examining “teaching strategies,”
as well as “debiasing programs, and [educational] environments.”

WISR Technology Nights for Adult Learners May 14, June 11, and July 9, 2018

The Western Institute for Social Research presents Technology Nights for Adult Learners, by Mark Wilson, Learning Technologist. This is a hands-on workshop to learn how to use digital technology to access, edit and create educational resources, using free software where possible. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. This workshop series takes place on May 14, June 11, and July 9, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at 2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300, Berkeley, California.

 

WISR Wikipedia course continues until May 1st

 

Click to enroll in the WISR Wikipedia course.

Download signup instructions PDF. 

Accreditation Update and Next Steps

To upload this letter in pdf form, click here.

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January 6, 2018

Update on WISR’s Pursuit of Accreditation and Finances

Accreditation Update and Next Steps

WISR has been declared eligible to pursue accreditation by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (www.deac.org ).  Even though WISR offers ongoing opportunities for onsite seminars and face to face interaction, it is possible to study completely from a distance and earn a degree at WISR. As always, there are no guarantees, but we are hopeful that we can achieve accreditation by June 2020. DEAC is approved by the US Department of Education. WASC turned down our application for Eligibility last month, because they felt that we do not have, nor will we be able to develop, the large financial reserve and institutional infrastructure in the next two years that they expect of the (usually very large and conventional academic institutions they accredit).

DEAC has a number of very specific guidelines for course syllabi, so we will have to do some further tweaking of our syllabi. Still, as we do so, we will retain WISR’s strong emphasis on personalized/individualized degree programs and learning, and of course also, our commitments to social justice, multiculturalism, and action-inquiry and creativity in the content that students study.

We will have to make a transition to having our syllabi accessed through an online Learning Management System (such as Moodle or Canvas), our students will have to do a certain amount of “online studying” (studying some of the WISR-required readings and relevant videos online, not just hard cover print books), and some regular posting of “thinking out loud” ideas for feedback from other students and faculty (online dialogue—which will be easier for some students than having to come to two seminars per month—a requirement that so far only MFT students and a couple of other students have complied with).  We will have an initial discussion of first steps toward such refinements at our All School Gathering, Saturday, February 3rd (please try to participate, onsite or by phone/video conference).  In addition, our new volunteer staff (and student) Learning Technology Specialist, Mark Wilson, will conduct needed trainings on technology for students and faculty, alike, to help make this transition smooth.

Indeed, WISR has the opportunity now to become, after several years, a rather distinctive and appealing option—a distance learning alternative that:

  • Can be onsite and face to face for those who want that,
  • Will be engaging and socially progressive, rather than cookie cutter and conformist,
  • Will support and encourage self-directed learning that is also highly collaborative (through a combination of seminars, online forums, and student initiated collaborations),
  • Will continue to be affordable (despite likely, modest tuition increases in the not too distant future) and accessible to adults—especially those who are attracted by WISR’s long-held, steadfast commitments to our distinctive social and educational mission and methods.

Update on WISR’s Finances

We have made enormous progress, financially, in the past year, although we will need to continue and sustain this progress over the next several years, in order to become accredited.

 

In 2017, we received $44,108.12 in cash donations from 9 currently enrolled students, 5 Board members, 12 alumni, 2 current and/or former faculty, one staff person and 3 friends of WISR. The size of the donations has ranged from $18 to $15,000. All part-time faculty have been donating their time; John Bilorusky donated 33% of his salary and the cost of his health benefits for 2017 ($26,000 in salary, $9,000+ in health benefits).  These donations have been extremely valuable in our efforts to move WISR toward long-term sustainability.  Moreover, beyond this, WISR is benefiting from the continuing engagement of students, faculty, Board and alumni in learning at WISR and in WISR’s institutional planning and development.

One anonymous and very generous donor has given us $15,000 in 2017, based on our having received just over $12,000 in donations since their “challenge” match a month ago. If, in 2018, we can come up with $3,000 to finish matching their $15,000 already donated, and then an additional $15,000, they have promised to donate another $15,000 in 2018. That is, we need $18,000 to be donated in 2018 to match the $15,000 added donation pledged. So far, we have pledges totaling $12,250 for 2018, so beyond these pledges we need only another $6,000 to gain another $15,000 from this donor, in 2018.  In addition, in 2018, John Bilorusky will donate one-sixth of his salary ($13,000) plus health benefits ($9,000+).  Part-time faculty will continue to donate their time. John is asking that we also match his $13,000 donation of salary.

So, our challenge for 2018 to match $18,000 needed to receive the second $15,000 anonymous donation pledged, and to match the $13,000 in salary to be donated—or a total of $28,000.  So far, $12,500 has been pledged by others for 2018, so we need to receive from others who have not yet pledged, an additional $15,500 for 2018 to receive the $28,000 in monies from these two offered donations in 2018.

Based on donations received in 2017, we will be able to pay off the last $5,000 of debt in January 2018. Our ability to eliminate ALL of our debt is crucial to our becoming accredited, and whichstood at $45,000 in debt 18 months ago, and $37,500 in debt just six months ago. (go to next page . . .)

Regarding our use monies in 2018, we will use about $20,000 of these monies for accreditation fees, about $6,000 for technology and online library expenses, and about $8,000 for CPA-related expenses. These expenses will total $34,000.  Remaining funds will be used to set up a much-needed contingency fund—which is also expected by the accreditation agency.

 

 

 

 

 

WISR Annual Funding Campaign Your Donations Matched up to $20,000

WISeR Campaign for Education in Social Justice

For: Western Institute for Social Research
Your Donations Matched up to $20,000 by the WISR Scholar Fund

The Story

Founded in 1975, the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) links education and social change in offering personalized BS, MS and Doctoral degree programs to those who wish to combine academic studies, action research/community-based inquiry with their community activist and professional involvements.

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