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CAHSS faculty and staff highlights submitted for 2022/23 include:

  • CAHSS Dean Juanita Cole received the 2022 Cavanaugh Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA).  In the Awards for Outstanding Administrative Leadership in Higher Education category, the Cavanaugh Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is named for two long-time AAUA members, academic leaders, and nationally-recognized advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Christine K. Cavanaugh and John C. Cavanaugh. The award recognizes innovative and extraordinarily effective higher education administrative leadership in policy, programming, hiring, or mentorship to create and maintain institutional cultures of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Chris Carpenter, Cinematic Arts & Technology Media Production Specialist and lecturer, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Monterey County Film Commission.
  • HCOM Professor David A. Reichard will participate in a webinar conversation with lawyers and judges who came out in the 1970s and advocated for equal rights for LGBT people. The panel will also feature a discussion of nonbinary, transgender, and people of color who are continuing the legacy of LGBTQ+ activism in today's law schools. The event is sponsored by the Spectrum Institute and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and will be held October 11. To learn more about the project, visit  August 18, 2022
  • Patrick Belanger, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, HCOM, recently published a journal article on local California condors and local environmental NGOs.  Read the article on MDPI's journalism and media journal.     
  • Congratulations to HCOM Assistant Professor Daniel Summerhill on being chosen for a 2022-2023 Baldwin For The Arts Residency.  The fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio and all accommodations on a four-acre retreat located 60 miles north of New York City, a safe and nurturing space  to create system-changing work, and gather with other Global Majority Artists who are writing, composing and creating visual work.  
  • The Monterey Weekly/Monterey NOW featured an article on electronic dance music (EDM) solo debut track, "Secant," by Lanier Sammons, Music & Performing Arts Associate Professor, including a link to the music video, a collaboration with Tim Orme Cinematic Arts & Technology Assistant Professor.  Article here from the Monterey Weekly/Monterey County NOW:

  • SBGS Professor of Political Economy Angie Tran was the featured local author in the Monterey Herald Things to Do-Books section for her latest book, “Ethnic Dissent and Empowerment.”
  • SBGS Assistant Professor Chrissy Lau published a new book entitled "New Women of Empire: Gendered Politics and Racial Uplift in Interwar Japanese America" with the University of Washington Press in the Summer of 2022
  • Congratulations to Dr. David Vila Diéguez. A special issue of ALCESXXI, Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature & Film, edited by Dr. David Vila Diéguez, focussing on Music and Social Movements in Spain has just been published:  Their article is entitled: ¿Vuelta a las trincheras?: El declive del estilo en la música como elemento de movilización política.

  • Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, Professor, VPA, continues her theatre lighting design work with Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, and Altarena Theatre. She has been interviewed for KPFA radio for her 40 + year career as designer and artist.
  • Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, Professor, VPA, has been appointed to the Bayer West Berkeley Fund Grant Committee representing the West Berkeley community and The City of Berkeley in the distribution of funds from The Bayer Pharmaceutical Company. 
  • Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, Professor, VPA, will have Ancestor's Grove: A Space Journey return October 13-15 with an expanded vision of the work on display in Oakland.  Ancestor’s Grove: A Space Journey was created by African American lighting designers/visual artists/scientists, Stephanie Anne Johnson and Kevin Myrick. It is a creative manifestation of our exploration of outer space, African ancestral practices, and sustainable resources. We have chosen the baobab tree, one of the oldest and tallest organisms on earth whose symbolic and medicinal qualities are a unique part of our African legacy as a totemic object. Ancestor’s Grove: A Space Journey is an Afro Futurist vision of the intersection between legacy, nature, technology, and the bond between humans and the spirit world. They commissioned an artist from South Africa to create the masks that are suspended from the limbs. Ancestor’s Grove: A Space Journey was created specifically for the Lake Merritt Autumn Lights Festival and won an Oakland Parks & Recreation and Youth & Development award in 2021. Sections of the installation were shown in The Art of the African Diaspora satellite exhibition in February, 2022. They return on October 13-15 with an expanded/exploded vision of the work.
  • WLC will host the 2022 Japanese Language Proficiency Test in CAHSS 504 December 4, 2022.  This is one of only 17 testing locations in the United States.

Honoring Staff & Faculty Years of Service-2022

Congratulations to CAHSS staff and faculty celebrating service awards in 2022:

  • 25 Years 
    • Yong Lao, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies
    • Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, World Languages & Cultures
    • Angie Ngoc Tran, Social Behavioral & Global Studies
  • 20 Years
    • Axil Cricchio, Psychology
    • Ed Moos, World Languages & Cultures
    • Bill Steacy, Music & Performing Arts
    • John Swanson, Humanities & Communication
    • Lisa Watson, Humanities & Communication
  • 15 Years
    • Rebecca Bales, Social, Behavioral & Global Studies
    • Jennifer Fletcher, Humanities & Communication
    • Enid Ryce, Cinematic Arts & Technology
    • Shigeko Sekine, World Languages & Cultures
    • Umi Vaughan, Humanities & Communication
    • Maria Villasenor, Humanities & Communication
  • 10 Years
    • Meghan O'Donnell, Humanities & Communication and Social, Behavioral & Global Studies
    • Glorian Provost, Humanities & Communication
    • Steev White, Visual & Public Art
  • 5 Years
    • Jesus Aguilar, Visual & Public Art
    • Linda Jenkins, Office of the Dean
    • Allison Le, World Theater
    • Jennifer Lovell, Psychology
    • Glenn Maxon, World Theater
    • Pablo Oliva, World Languages & Cultures
    • Christine Valdez

Employees received their pins and recognition at the return of the annual Staff & Faculty Appreciation Breakfast held April 15, 2022.  View the program booklet online here.

CAHSS faculty and staff highlights submitted for 2021/22:

  • CAHSS Associate Dean Kathee Godfrey featured in welcome article from University Communications.
  • CART Media Production Specialist and Lecturer Chris Carpenter served as a producer of the film Roots of Lacross (trailer link), that was awarded a New York Emmy for Best Sports Documentary. The film has traveled through the festival circuit and continues to be programmed worldwide (50+ film festivals). The film company, Honest Engine Films, is led by Joanne Storkan, Principal. Also credited on the film is alum and CART Media Production Specialist Jesse Krohn ('19) - Assistant Producer.  
  • CART Professor Enid Ryce is a collaborator on "The Land of Milk and Honey" project, recent support of a 2-year grant from the Mellon Foundation.  The Land of Milk and Honey will include art exhibitions throughout California with adjacent programming of panel discussions, lectures, and community-based workshops and research-driven border-focused projects. (April, 2022)
  • A piece written by David Reichard on the HCOM major was featured as the CSUMB featured campus profile in the College Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE). (Fall 2021)
  • Daniel Summerhill, HCOM Assistant Professor of Poetry/Social Action and Composition Studies, on being named Monterey County's first Poet Laureate! This honor was conferred at the January 11, 2022, Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting by Jacquie Atcheson, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Monterey County.
  • HCOM Lecturer Nathan Xavier Osorio published his new chapbook, The Last Town Before the Mojave, published in February, 2022, by the Poetry Society of America.
  • HCOM Professor Maria Villaseñor accepted to the San Diego State University's Initiative for Inclusive Leadership program in May, 2022. 
  • SBGS Professor Angie Ngoc Tran was interviewed (October virtual event) by student Kaya Ortega about her recent book: Ethnic Dissent and Empowerment: Economic Migration between Vietnam and Malaysia.
  • A book release celebration was held for SBGS Assistant Professor Chrissy Lau (in partnership with CSUMB Ad Hoc Ethnic Studies Working Group and University College) on the release of her book, The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice.
  • SBGS Assistant Professor Tolga Tezcan is serving as host of the Social Science Research & Instructional Center’s Annual Student Symposium (SSRIC)Conference and Meeting. (May 5, 2022)
  • VPA founding faculty member Dr. Stephanie Johnson’s work “Ancestor’s Grove: A Space Journey” was on exhibit at The Gardens at Lake Merritt Autumn Lights Festival October, 2021.
  • VPA Lecturer Jesus Aguilar and his work featured on several news outlets for: San Jose Billboards Promote Vaccinations to Latinx and Vietnamese Communities.
  • VPA Associate Professor Hector Dionicio Mendoza’s work in collaboration with faculty emerita Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains and staff Steev White was featured at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga (June 16-November 14, 2021): Creando Espacio. This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund.
  • VPA Chair Angelica Muro and Associate Professor Hector Dionicio Mendoza’s work for “Your Actions Save Lives” campaign partnered with CA artists to reach communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was featured in multiple media outlets in Fall 21.
  • VPA Associate Professor Hector Dionicio Mendoza’s sculpture work Common Ground is on exhibit at DeAnza College November 1, 2021-February 19, 2022.
  • VPA Lecturer Juan Luna-Avin’s work was featured in A Change of Struggle exhibition at Petty Cash Art Gallery, Bushwick, NY, September-October, 2021.
  • VPA Alumna Kelsey Rae Thomas (2020) received a Cadogan Contemporary Art Award at the 2021 Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition (September 11-October 3, 2021).
  • VPA Exhibit Art, Solidarity & the Power of Image was featured on the Monterey County Weekly’s website and in their weekly newsletter as Local Inspiration of the Day. (April 27, 2022)
  • A sculpture by VPA Associate Professor Hector Dionicio Mendoza Honoring Victims of Crime was dedicated at Monterey County Superior Courthouse, Salinas. (April 29, 2022)
  • Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, Professor of Japanese Language and Cultures, and Ben Bruce, Program Director for the Community Partnership for Youth (CPY), are the winners of the 2022 Marian Penn Partnership Award. Since 2000, the Marian Penn Partnership Award has been presented annually to one faculty/community organization team that reflects the values of the Service Learning Institute, and has made an exceptional contribution to communities through service learning. Named after Marian Penn, the founding Director of the Service Learning Institute, the Penn Partnership Award recognizes the commitment, communication, trust and reciprocity that is at the heart of service learning. (April, 2022)
  • Congratulations to the following faculty nominated for the UROC Undergraduate Research Mentor Award: Zurine DeMiguel, Psychology; Jennifer Dyer-Seymour, Psychology; Jennifer Lovell, Psychology; Shigeko Sekine, World Languages & Cultures; Shannon Snapp, Psychology, and Jill Yamashita, Psychology.