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Dr. Sylvia Hurtado

UCLA’s Dr. Sylvia Hurtado to deliver 2020 Graduate College Distinguished Lecture: “Civic Learning for a Diverse Democracy”

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By Keith Chandler on September 10, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to present Dr. Sylvia Hurtado, the featured speaker for this year’s Distinguished Lecture, now taking place in a virtual format. Dr. Hurtado will address the role of graduate students in advancing civic learning in colleges and universities in her lecture, entitled: “Civic Learning for a Diverse Democracy: Centering the Graduate Student Role.” 
Using models of civic learning, Hurtado’s lecture will focus on the development of graduate students and their critical role in connection with teaching and mentoring undergraduates. Extending identity-based pedagogies and expertise and professional development needs among graduate students will help higher education achieve the civic learning goals that advance pluralistic democratic skills and dispositions for the next generation of leaders and scholars. 
Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 12 p.m. Arizona Time. 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Sylvia Hurtado is Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change. Her numerous publications focus on undergraduate education, student development in college, and diversity in higher education. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and served on the boards of the Higher Learning Commission and initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recent national projects include research on how colleges are preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy (U.S. Department of Education), the pathways of underrepresented students’ in scientific research and professional careers (National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation), and student and institutional outcomes of diverse and broad access institutions in higher education (Ford Foundation). She obtained her degrees from UCLA (Ph.D.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.) and Princeton University (A.B.).
ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: Each year, the Graduate College Distinguished Lecture series brings a leading scholar to engage the ASU community in a discussion of the advancement of graduate education as a public good and how to attract, nurture, and inspire future generations of advanced learners, who will foster opportunity and well-being in their communities.