Category Archives: Education

Supporting First Generation College Students [#TTGPChat]

Join TTG+PARTNERS  for a Twitter conversation about:

“Supporting First-Generation Students in the College Classroom”

A #ttgpchat about the experiences of students who are the first in their family to go to college with:
Chelsea M. Jones, @IamFirstGen
Associate Director, Student Programs
Center for Student Opportunity + I’m First!
Dr Matthew Lynch, @lynch39083
Dean of School of Education, Psychology, & Interdeisciplinary Studies +
Associate Professor of Eduacation Virginia Union University.
And First Generation Student, Brenda Angulo, @Slemo5
Sophomore
Trinity Washington University (Washington, D.C.)

This conversation will examine the experiences and challenges facing first-generation students in college that go beyond academics.

We will explore:

  • How do first-generation students support one another at college?

  • Do first-generation students of color require different supports?

  • Do these students receive enough guidance from faculty, administration, and family to be academically successful?

  • How does the college ratings debate impact first-generation students’ experiences?

  • How will the new Parent PLUS Loan requirements impact first-generation students of color?

Follow the conversation on Twitter. Send in questions and comments using the hashtag #ttgpchat.

Snoop Dogg Signs to Pharrell’s Label – New Album Will Feature Stevie Wonder

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Honestly, I can care less that Snoop’s made more headlines than music.  And I really don’t care that some of you thought he was a bit to old to be feuding with Iggy Yucky Azalea.  I actually cracked up at those IG videos he made.  Yup, I’m that type of girl – I love me some bad boys.  Most importantly, I still support EVERTHING about Snoop – name changes and all – even though he has yet to respond to my #IWannaBraidSnoopDogsHair Twitter campaign.

So you know that I am completely over the top at the latest news of him signing to my other boo’s label – Mr. Pharrell (make me happy) Williams.  The news broke today while I was driving. Reported by BillboardSnoop’s next album will be released via Pharrell’s i am OTHER label and Columbia Records

So, here I am sitting in a parking lot, writing this.  Why? Because not only is this label signing thing big news but the album will feature Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder.  Did you get that people? Charlie Wilson. Stevie Wonder. Exclamation multiplied a million times!

 

 

 

Library Helps Latinos and Others Digitize History

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[Nicky Trasvina goes through old family photos. Photo by Andra Cernavskis]

On Saturday afternoon, Susan Goldstein, the City of San Francisco’s archivist, could be found in the San Francisco Public Library’s fifth floor DIGI Center, a room for digital archiving, pouring over old, print photos with Alejandra Palos, a woman ready to donate some of her father’s photos.

Manuel Palos,  an architectural sculptor,  worked on projects throughout the city including the restoration of the Legion of Honor’s eight mythological creature sculptures and the ornamentation on the Neiman Marcus building downtown.  Palos,  a Mexican immigrant, came to San Francisco in 1966 to work as a mold maker for the Palace of Fine Arts. Despite his lack of professional experience,  the lead sculptor recognized his talent and took him under his wing. Palos continued to worker as a mold maker while sculpting on the side. He eventually made enough money to take a three-week trip to Italy every year for 20 years to study sculpting and in 1984, he opened his own sculpting business, Manuel Palos Sculpture.

Now that her father is 78, Palos wants to document his life, which is why she seized on the opportunity to bring the collection of photos and documents to the DIGI Center, which ran a free-of-charge, drop-in event as part the San Francisco Latino Heritage Fair.

It was the first time the DIGI Center, which officially opened at the main branch in January, has hosted an event like this for the public at their new central location. The goal on Saturday was to help Latinos publicly document and digitize their family’s history in San Francisco.

“We are trying to do a lot more outreach about digitizing and making it a core library service,” Goldstein said as she held a black and white image of Palos with a classical human sculpture.

Those who work at the DIGI Center decided to open their services to the public during the afternoon portion of the fair, which also featured seminars on how to preserve old photographs and how to organize digital documents and photos.

Palos, who grew up in Bernal Heights, heard about the fair through the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, one of the groups that organized the day’s events. She became emotional while explaining the content of the photographs to Goldstein.

“I almost want to cry…I thought I just really needed to jump on this,” she said to Goldstein.

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