Office of Learning Initiatives and Student Success
Learning Initiatives and Student Success is committed to supporting the success and degree completion of students at Westchester Community College. The office promotes research-based strategies through innovative collaborations and partnerships with the campus community constituents, grant oversight and implementation, and other student success strengthening efforts.
Learning Initiatives and Student Success Activities
Carmen (KaMan) Bhattacharya
Library, Room 218
Library, Room 217
Program Navigator: Liberal Arts-Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Engineering Science
Technology Building Room 37A
Program Navigator: Liberal Arts – Social Sciences
AAB Building Rm 117
Program Navigator: Liberal Arts-Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Digital Filmmaking, Applied Art, Liberal Arts-Education
AAB Building Rm 117
Fostering Student Success
Validating Students, Working with Cultural Strengths, and Designing a Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy
Date: November 18, 2020
Laura I. Rendón, Ph.D. https://laurarendon.net/bio/
Professor Emerita and co-director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at the University of Texas San Antonio Center for Research and Policy in Education
Dr. Laura Rendón is nationally recognized as an education theorist, activist and researcher who specializes in college preparation, persistence, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students.
A native of Laredo, Texas, Dr. Rendón’s passion is assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them. Dr. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming low-income students.
Dr. Rendón is a teaching and learning philosopher and thought leader. She developed a pedagogic framework called Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy that emphasizes intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual student development along with social activism.
Funding and Sponsors
This event was the featured program of the Fall Holistic Student Supports Series and funded by a grant from Strong Start to Finish. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of Learning Initiatives & Student Success.