From the episode:
"I truly believe that all of our students have the ability to succeed, and that it's our job as educators to help them be successful. What I've learned is that teaching effectively is really going to be a process of learning with our students and with ourselves. And so it's taken a lot of self reflection and a lot of self thought, and really digging deep about how I grew up and what I know."
Dr. Paloma Vargas
We turn the focus to STEM in this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? Our guest, Dr. Paloma Vargas, the Dean of Math, Science, Health, Kinesiology, & Athletics, Oxnard College, talks about her journey into STEM servingness, starting with her undergraduate experiences in biology and two historic HSIs, University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College (HSIs). Dr. Vargas has served as a biology faculty member, researcher, HSI Director, Science Coordinator, and STEM Advisor at multiple private and public HSIs, all informing her STEM servingness consciousness. In this episode we discuss the intricacies of being a good teacher, mentor, and server and about enacting servingness within STEM at HSIs. This episode is for all the STEM faculty and STEM leaders at HSIs and Title III and NSF HSI directors trying to figure out the intersections of STEM and servingness.
Vargas, P. & Ward, M. (2020). Building an HSI brand: A case study of California Lutheran University. In G. A. Garcia (Ed.), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Practice: Defining “Servingness” at HSIs (pp. 21-39). Information Age Publishing.