Linguistic Bias, Part 2 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

All of us with the SAFE Topics podcast team are back at it with another episode! In this latest release, we continue our conversation with faculty on the topic of linguistic bias. The question we initially asked was: how do we welcome diverse voices and prevent privileging one dialect over the other? Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with special guests Maria Figueroa (English), Denise Stephenson (Director of Writing Center), Eric Robertson (Communication Studies), and Andrea Petri (International Languages) as we go into part two of this most excellent episode!

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What to Listen For

  • How is language like code as in computer science?
  • Are we perpetuating bias in our professional language?
  • Being a jerk vs misunderstanding. 
  • Respectability politics.
  • “Erasing ourselves in order to be seen.”
  • Focusing on the identity of a language.
  • Dropping the F-Bombs to dismantle the system.
  • Relaxing when you have privileged positions to be your authentic self.
  • Formality vs informality.
  • Pluralizing language.
  • What makes language legit in your classrooms?
  • Mana gets the chills at the end! 🙂

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Linguistic Bias, Part 1 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

We hope you are all doing well and are ready to listen to our latest release! In this episode, the SAFE Topics podcast team has a conversation with faculty on the topic of linguistic bias! The question we ask is how do we welcome diverse voices and prevent privileging one dialect over the other? Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Maria Figueroa (English), Denise Stephenson (Director of Writing Center), Eric Robertson (Communication Studies), and Andrea Petri (International Languages) as we go into part one of this great episode and keep an eye out for Part Two to be released later this week!

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What to Listen For

  • How is a discipline that teaches formal language structures racist?
  • The ordering and structuring of teaching language.
  • Moving away from the prescriptive to the descriptive.
  • The concept of language or dialect.
  • How do you approach students who seek help in spaces like the writing center?
  • “Searching for a standard.”
  • Contextualizing is very important when teaching language.
  • Code switching – assimilate, strategize, or eliminate?
  • How language can create a power distance.
  • Language is only one form of communication.
  • Breaking away from standards for students who need it.
  • Positionality and giving students agency.
  • Fairness vs equity.
  • The idea of articulation.
  • The team discusses code-switching.

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curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Space for ASE Students to Set the Pace: Creating Culture in the Classroom Part Two – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community and happy Friday!

Part two is here! Our latest episode with students was so good that once again we had to split it into two parts. In this episode of the SAFE Topics Podcast, we’re continuing our conversation with students. We are joined by students from various Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs to talk about creating culture in the classroom! Our hosts Sean, curry and Mana are joined by several students including Helen Leinani Highland-Coslow (Mana, English/Literature), Dannia Saldivar (Mana, Liberal Arts: Math and Science), Jose Luis Mendez (UPRISE, Film/Theater), Jocelyn Rogers (RAFFY, Communication), Natalie Salgado (PUENTE, Sociology), Ian Clark (Umoja, Spanish), and Campbell Reyes (Mana, Art History). Join us in listening to part two!

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What to Listen For

  • When is the classroom culture established?
  • If the teacher’s mood is down, the class is down.
  • It’s easy to change the students, but hard to change the teacher.
  • The class culture can change daily.
  • It starts with the syllabus – before the class even starts.
  • “We need new sh*t so I’m not bored.”
  • How can instructors build trust in the classroom?
  • The need for vulnerability from both students and teachers.
  • How teachers deal with big issues happening in the world while we’re in class.
  • Raw realness that professors bring to the classroom.
  • Having empathy for your students.
  • The importance of ASE programs and identity.
  • Is the professor open to constructive criticisim?
  • Bonus after the end credits!

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curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Space for ASE Students to Set the Pace: Creating Culture in the Classroom Part 1 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Hello campus community!
The student voices are back! In this episode of the SAFE Topics Podcast, we are joined by students from various Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs to talk about creating culture in the classroom! Our hosts Sean, curry and Mana are joined by several students including Helen Leinani Highland-Coslow (Mana, English/Literature), Dannia Saldivar (Mana, Liberal Arts: Math and Science), Jose Luis Mendez (UPRISE, Film/Theater), Jocelyn Rogers (RAFFY, Communication), Natalie Salgado (PUENTE, Sociology), Ian Clark (Umoja, Spanish), and Campbell Reyes (Mana, Art History). Let’s listen and learn from these students in part one of this two-part episode.

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What to Listen For

  • Is a classroom a culture?
  • What it means to be sitting in the back of class.
  • Not waiting for a culture and taking it into your own hands.
  • Co-creating a culture and disrupting the “typical.”
  • How professors are included in cultures and subcultures.
  • The structure of the course and where you fit in.
  • Bringing in the different cultures of all students into a single place of learning.
  • Where you sit determines your classroom culture.
  • What it means to be respectful to the teacher coming from different student cultures.
  • Generational gap and differences.
  • When respect is earned and not given. 
  • “I have so much to offer and I didn’t even know it” – Finally having voices heard.
  • Race and ethnicity is definitely part of the culture.
  • How white culture is impacting the culture. 
  • The invisibility of culture of some students.
  • The importance of acknowledging our privileges.

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The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Cameras On vs. Cameras Off: Blank Boxes & Framing Faces – A SAFE Topics Podcast

Good evening campus community!

In this episode of the SAFE Topics Podcast, the team goes into the topic of anonymity in the classroom. Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with our special guests, Tyrone Nagai (Letters and Pre-Transfer), Krista Byrd (Psychology), and David Bonds (Mathematics) as they get into the topic of having cameras on vs. having cameras off! Listen in!

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What to Listen For

  • How has Zoom been for you?
  • Having cameras on in-class versus one-on-one office hours.
  • “Just because you see their face doesn’t mean they’re paying attention.”
  • Is the “camera on student” also the “sit in the front student.”
  • The advantages of a live session.
  • Sometimes having cameras on is more of a distraction.
  • What’s happening from the psychological perspective?
  • It’s the students that aren’t showing up that are cause for concern.
  • “Zoom fatigue.”
  • Students are multitasking a lot of the time in a synchronous class.
  • Cameras on and cameras off as an equity issue.
  • Students are lacking friendships, connections, and networks.
  • Forcing cameras can be a tech issue.
  • Reminding ourselves that flexibility is important. 
  • What situations call for cameras to be on?
  • The implications of student success rates during this time.
  • What does participation and engagement mean to you?

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The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Stay great and have a fun weekend!

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