Dr. Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Cynthia S. Johnson Institute. The Institute was made possible by Dr. Cynthia S. Johnson, founder of the College of Education’s Student Development in Higher Education graduate program and support from the Cynthia S. Johnson Endowment. The forum created an educational space for students, faculty, and staff to engage in a critical discussion of issues faced by professionals in higher education. Dr. Teranishi’s talk, “A Call to Action: Changing Demographics and Inclusive Learning in Higher Education” focused on addressing the need to create a more equitable education system as a way to accommodate our growing diverse student population.
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anna Ortiz and featuring Dr. Sara Pol-Lim, Dr. Simon Kim, Dr. John Hamilton, and Citlalli Ortiz followed the keynote. Dr. Paul de Dios was later recognized for his dedication to the field of higher education. Dr. Paul de Dios won the Cynthia S. Johnson Mentor Award, which was presented by Dr. William Vega.