Spotlights on Community Partners, Students, Faculty & Staff, Grantees & More
Professor Yoshie Hanzawa's
Plant Biology 316 Service Learning Project
Canoga Park High School
Dr. Yoshie Hanzawa, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, is a new faculty member at CSUN this year. She found out about the Student Community Engagement opportunity in science at a Service Learning Workshop and developed a service learning component in her Plant Biology lecture/lab course BIOL316/L for Spring 2018 working together with science teachers, Mrs. Kumar and Mrs. Crowe, at Canoga Park High School.
More than eighty 9th graders received tutoring and instruction from Yoshie’s students during visits at the high school. Two field trips were organized to introduce the labs at CSUN and generate more interest in studying science. Students participated in experiments exploring, for example, a genetic variation using polymerase chain reactions using orange DNA.
A culmination event at CSUN on May 9th included student presentations about genetically modified organisms. Canoga Park High School students commented, “While collaborating with CSUN, we really enjoyed trying new experiments that were engaging. We also liked that there were a variety of presentations including Kahoots that helped us engage in it as well. Testing out oranges was also engaging. CSUN found a way to make things interesting. We also found it very welcoming that we shared turns coming back and forth to our campuses. If we were to collaborate with CSUN again, we should make sure that our school wifi, etc. is compatible with the presentation. We would also like to find a way to make more time for our lessons/experiments. We would definitely like to get more in-depth with GMO.” Overall, this project was a great success and will hopefully continue next year.
The Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium
Tuesday April 17, 2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
staff spotlight: nicole t. linton
Meet our Community Engagement Student Assistant, Kosha Sheth.
Kosha has been working with Community Engagement as a Student
Assistant for almost a year and a half. She is a Computer Science graduate student at CSUN.
Kosha's favorite subject is algorithms,
and she enjoys reading, watching bad science fiction movies, and drinking copious amounts of tea. She decided to pursue her master's degree in computer science, because she wanted to work on various projects as well as advance her knowledge in computer science.
Her main goal as Student Assistant is to help students achieve quality service learning and community service experiences that cultivate a lifelong service-ethic that would stimulate and enhance the educational experience at all levels.
Meet Jeanine Mingé, our amazing Director of Community Engagement! Jeanine Mingé (PhD, University of South Florida) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She is currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement at California State University, Northridge.
Dr. Mingé directed CSUN Performance Ensemble: Creatives for Social Justice for the past ten years. Performance Ensemble partnered with community organization R.U.T.H. YouthBuild and Neighborhood Partners in Action through CSUN’s Institute for Community Health and Well-Being. Over the course of two years, PE journeyed to Canoga Park to workshop with youth ages 16-25.
The students worked as leaders and performers, as scholars and friends, to create and perform collaborative stories to promote social justice. Most recently, Dr. Mingé and colleagues are partnering with the Prison Arts Collective at CSUSB to bring community-based arts practices to folks in correctional facilities in the greater Los Angeles area.
Dr. Mingé also travels and works with the non-prot activist organization the Floating Doctors in Panama. The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.
Dr. Mingé has won the Visionary Community Service Learning Award; the Don Dorsey Teaching and Excellence Award; and OSCLG’s Feminist Teacher/Mentor award. She is co-facilitator of Bridges: A Teaching Excellence Program. Her areas of research interest include Community-Based Performance; Community Activism through the Arts; Health and Wellness; Space/Place; and Qualitative Methods.
All of her work is dedicated to cultivating social justice through use of narrative, visual imagery, poetry, installation art, and performance. Her book co-authored with Amber Lynn Zimmerman was published by Routledge Publishing Company in the series Innovative Ethnographies is entitled Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles.
She has published chapters in The Handbook for Autoethnography, Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life and Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural, and Political Complexities. She has also published work in Text and Performance Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry and Studies in Symbolic Interactionism. Jeanine is currently working on her next book entitled Undertow on cancer and caregiving for popular press audiences.