Shawntanet Jara & Drew Schwartz named 2017 Chrispeels Fellows

Two Joint Doctoral Program students in Educational Leadership, in conjunction with UC San Diego and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), were recognized for their outstanding experience in serving low income/underserved communities and their demonstrated desire and leadership skills to address issues of social and educational inequities.

This Fellowship is in recognition of Professor Emeritus of Education Studies at UC San Diego and founding Director of our Joint Doctoral Program, Janet Chrispeels and her husband Maarten Chrispeels, Professor Emeritus of Biology at UC San Diego. 


Shawntanet Jara
 has been a TK-2nd grade classroom teacher since 1997, having worked in Los Angeles and Orange County. She joined the Solana Beach School District in 2005 and now works as a Teacher on Special Assignment for CA State Standards Implementation. She aims to improve student achievement by supporting staff members in the successful implementation of the CA State Standards through modeling effective research based instructional strategies, developing curriculum and assessments, and conducting professional development.

Shawntanet has an M.A. is Developmental Psychology and earned National Board Certification in 2005. In her current role, she focuses on building strong authentic relationships within the school cultures, coordinating and facilitating opportunities for modeled lessons, co-planning and co-teaching with teachers, researching best practices and options for professional learning and collaborating with TOSAs, teachers, administrators, and staff. She is also a mother of two daughters, ages 7 & 10 who have introduced another wonderful realm of living called Motherhood. Shawntanet is so proud that her daughters will be able to witness the further transformation of their mother, as she engages in this rich Ed.D program. 

Drew Schwartz holds a Bachelors degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Masters degree from the IDC Herzilya in Israel. Following tragic events in Ferguson, MO, Drew founded the Gateway2Change program to empower students to dialogue about race and create change agent projects in the St. Louis community. With his leadership, the program is now spreading to Rochester, NY and other communities nationally. Drew currently serves as a consultant and presenter, creating programs and workshops to uplift schools. He is excited to begin his doctoral studies at UC San Diego, working together with staff and colleagues to promote equity and strengths-based experiences for all. 




Remembering Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez

By Luz Chung

It’s time to shine the light
On the young souls of the earth
Let it shine and illuminate
The beauty of their world
We gotta educate
Not incarcerate
Souls of humanity will shine

(Excerpts from “Rising Souls” by Chunky Sánchez)

La comunidad de San Diego está de luto. Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez falleció el viernes 28 de octubre, y su ausencia se siente en todo San Diego. En vida, Chunky Sánchez nos deleitó con su música, su buen humor, sus historias, y sus enseñanzas. Pero sobretodo, Chunky fue, y sigue siendo, un símbolo de la justicia social, a través de su trabajo como maestro, mentor, y compañero en la lucha por los derechos humanos. Chunky trabajó incansablemente por los derechos civiles de comunidades oprimidas. Con sus canciones, Chunky nos narró historias de emancipación y esperanza, y nos dio la inspiración para seguir luchando para que las comunidades más marginalizadas obtengan la igualdad que se les ha negado por tanto tiempo. Por su trabajo, Chunky recibió varios reconocimientos, incluyendo el premio National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. Por varios años Chunky visitó nuestro departamento y compartió sus canciones y sus enseñanzas con nuestros estudiantes. Después de cada visita, Chunky dejó una huella muy profunda, y nos impulsó a que siguiéramos adelante en nuestro trabajo como maestr@s y activistas. Recordamos a Chunky con mucho cariño y extrañaremos su presencia en nuestras vidas. ¡Que viva Chunky Sánchez!

San Diego is in mourning. Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez passed away on Friday, October 28, and his absence can be felt all over San Diego. Chunky Sánchez is remembered for his music, his sense of humor, his storytelling, and his teachings. But more importantly, Chunky was, and continues to be, a social justice icon through his work as a teacher, mentor, and partner in the struggle for human rights. Chunky worked tirelessly in the struggle for the civil rights of oppressed communities. Through his songs, Chunky told us stories of liberation and hope, and inspired us to continue to fight so that our most marginalized communities can attain the rights that they have been denied for so long. Chunky received many honors and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. For many years, Chunky visited our department and shared his songs and his teachings with our students. Chunky made a profound impact on our students as he pushed us to not give up on our work as teachers and activists. We remember Chunky with much love and we will miss his presence in our lives. ¡Que viva Chunky Sánchez!


Department of Education Studies Response to Second Chalking Incident

On October 28, 2016, the UC San Diego campus experienced a "chalking" incident targeted at the Latino/x, undocumented student community, the second incident in 2016. In EDS, we strive to engage educators and students in productive dialogue where diverse perspectives may be shared openly and respectfully. Anonymously chalking hostile and intimidating anti- Mexican/Latino/Undocumented messages by targeting key buildings on campus that many students utilize to build community, threatens the campus climate and is disrespectful to those spaces we have collectively worked hard to create and support. First generation, underrepresented and undocumented students also have the right to feel welcome on a campus they too have earned the right to attend.

Furthermore, we are deeply disturbed by such efforts to intimidate peers and colleagues on our campus. Efforts towards the persecution of students of color matriculating through UC San Diego make the faculty in EDS that much more dedicated to increasing access and equity across the spectrum of education. Please know that these actions serve as continued incentives, not deterrents, for our work in building equitable learning spaces. In solidarity with the current UC San Diego administration, campus programming, student services, and departments across campus we are actively moving forward with quality policies, programs, and relationships that will generate a more diverse campus and foster an inclusive and supportive campus environment where all students are treated with the respect they deserve. We will not bow to those seeking to persecute students on this campus; rather, we will dedicate ourselves, once again, to eradicating racist and other oppressive acts that negatively affect the educational experiences of all of our UC San Diego students.

In Solidarity, 

Department of Education Studies Faculty and Staff

10/31/2016