2024 UC Links Hybrid International Conference

UC Links Hybrid International Conference

Berkeley, CA March 1-2, 2024

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Day 1 - March 1

8:30am  – 9:30am Breakfast Meet-up

Come enjoy some food and time to informally meet up, connect and reconnect

 9:30am – 9:45amWelcome and overview [whole group]

Opening ceremony — Mitsu Inaba (Ritsumeikan University)

Welcoming & opening remarks — Mara Mahmood & John Cano (UC Berkeley)

9:45am – 10:00am Re-connecting: Developing UC Links Programs [whole group]

Brief introductions of new UC Links partners and programs

  • Agropecuaria Cumaco  Viviana Ahumada & Karla Caballero (Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Barranquilla, Colombia)

  • Making for All Nina Bonderup Dohn & Inger-Marie F. Christensen (University of Southern Denmark); Roland Hachmann (University College South Denmark)

  • Utopia Project Antti Rajala (University of Eastern Finland)

  • School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) — Jin Sook Lee (UC  Santa Barbara)

10:00am - 10:15amRe-connecting Activity [whole group]

 Connecting and re-connecting with UC Links partners

10:15am - 11:00am Cultivating Change through Resistance and Renewal [whole group + small group discussions]

Exploring resistance and renewal through the practices, pedagogies, and activities of the Laboratory for Ritual Arts & Pedagogy (RAP Lab) — Arianna Baharmast, Carla Cariño, Brian Murilthi, Kalonji Nzinga, Shawn O’Neal, Marlene Palomar, Karla Trujillo (RAP Lab – CU Boulder; North High School, Denver, Colorado / Lyripeutics Storytelling Project)

11:00am - 11:15am Break

11:15am - 12:00pmWorkarounding: Strategies for Resistance and Renewal [whole group + small group discussions]

Exploring the local pragmatics of resistance and renewal to workaround current and future challenges to UC Links program sustainability — Michael Cole (5th Dimension - UC San Diego), Veverly Anderson (Democracy Lab / Town & Country Learning Center, UC San Diego), Charles Underwood (UC Links), José Ramón Lizárraga (LiTT Lab)

Questions for discussion:

  • What has happened in the past to challenge UC Links programs? 

  • What was the impact of these challenges on UC Links programs?

  • How did we respond to these challenges, both locally and collectively? 

  • What does this suggest about pragmatic strategies for the future?

 12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch

1:00pm  - 1:30pmRe-connecting: Restorative Practices for Body and Mind [whole group]

 Space for relaxation, reflection, and movement in community

1:30pm -  2:30pm Open Conversation Hour [small groups]

Time for both facilitated and free conversations. Find someone you haven’t connected with yet and go for a walk or find a space to chat, join a facilitated conversation, or create a group of your own! 

Open Conversation Hour [small groups]

  • California PI Meeting — [Room 4101]

  • Graduate Student Dialogue: Embracing the Mess: Dialogue and Reflections on Graduate Student Research and Writing Collaborations — Micaela Bronstein & Jackson Gzehoviak (UC Los Angeles) [Room 1215]

  • Undergraduate Students Connections — Wesley Veiga (UC Berkeley) [Room 1217]

  • Other groups?  —[Rooms 1212, 1213, 1214, and 1216 available]

 2:30pm - 3:00pm Re-connecting: UC Links Programs and Partners Around the World

  • Developing Activities to Enhance Well-Being in a Local Community from the Viewpoint of Children: Update on Yawata Children's Conference — Mitsu Inaba, Saori Yamanaka, Risa Akai, Honoka Shintaku, Miuna Sato & Shuri Kawano (Ritsumeikan University) 
  • Others…

 3:00pm - 4:15pmCultivating Change: Small Group Sessions

Opportunities to share knowledge, resources, and best-practices. Please choose one: 

  • Anti-Racist Principles for Teaching and Syllabus Design Lee Martin (UC Davis)

  • Hands-on: Very Doable Film, Music & Music Video Production Tom Vogt (University of Augsburg, Germany) and Karla Trujillo (University of Colorado, Boulder)

  • Navigating Administrative Hurdles  Cynthia Sanchez Tapia (CSU Dominguez Hills) & Erin Ellison (Sacramento State University)

  • Teaching and Learning with Undergraduates —Leslie Lopez (UC Santa Cruz) & Alessandra Pantano (UC Irvine)

  • Training Undergraduates in Observational and Field Note Methods Lupe Rosas, Taylor Michelle Wycoff & Sandra Simpkins (UC Irvine)

  • YPAR: Learning to Learn from Youth Betsy Centeno, Jennifer Figueroa, Jessica Taft, and Saskias Casanova (UC Santa Cruz)

 4:15pm - 4:30pm Break

 4:30pm - 5:30pm Re-connecting: Conversation Hour and Reflections [whole group]

 5:30pm – 7:00pm Hosted Dinner Reception

 [Berkeley School of Education, 2121 Berkeley Way]

Day 2 - March 2

8:30am  – 9:30am Breakfast Meet-up

Come enjoy some food and time to informally meet up, connect and reconnect

9:30am – 10:00amWelcome and Overview [whole group]

Welcoming & opening remarks — Mara Mahmood, John Cano & Wesley Veiga (UC Berkeley)

10:00am – 10:15am Engaging Youth as Co-Researchers

Youth from Finland may be joining us to share about their work with the Utopia Project https://utopiaproject.fi/en  — Antti Rajala (University of Eastern Finland)

10:15am – 11:30am   Cultivating Change: Small Group Sessions

Opportunities to share knowledge, resources, and best-practices. Please choose one: 

  • Adaptable Training Modules for Onboarding Undergraduates and Staff Colette Samimi & Marni Ann Higgins (UC Berkeley)

  • Black History and Digital Tools for Educational Use  Bryson Berry & Mihailo Vucetic (Macalester College)  

  • Culturally Responsive Practices in UC Links programs Taylor Michelle Wycoff,  Lupe Rosas, Sandra Simpkins & Alessandra Pantano (UC Irvine)

  • Designing Digital Vision Boards with Canva Maria de Jesus Donan, Micah Gerola, and Delmy Munguia (UC Santa Barbara) 

  • Engaging Youth as Co-researchers — Antti Rajala (University of Eastern Finland)

  • Writing Workshop — Marjorie Orellana (UC Los Angeles)

11:30am - 11:45amBreak

11:45am - 12:45pmPoster Session - Digital & Other Media [whole group]

Informal presentations from & conversations with programs and partners from the UC Links network.

12:45pm - 1:30pmClosing Session [whole group]

1:30pm – 3:00pmLunch & Informal Networking

3:00pm - 3:30pm [OPTIONAL] Restorative Movement Practices

 Move and stretch your body before your travels!