Leaders: A One Word Conversation with Faculty – A S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast

Hello, Campus Community! 

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast has released the second episode of season two today on the topic of “Leaders.” This episode delves into what leaders and leadership are all about from some very qualified and talented faculty members. Also, they are fantastic leaders! 

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean Website – S.A.F.E. Topics – Season 2, Episode 2
  2. S.A.F.E. Topics Spotify – Leaders
  3. Apple Podcasts – LeadersPodcasts

Here are the Details!

Leaders: A one-word conversation with faculty

In this second episode of The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we explore the dynamic and fluid concept of leaders. Our hosts Sean and curry are joined by Maria Figueroa (Chair of Letters), Luke Lara (Counseling and Academic Senate President), and Joe Salamon (Physics Chair) in an unscripted conversation about issues related to one word, “leaders.” 

What to listen for:

  • Challenging patriarchal/male-dominated leadership structures
  • Looking toward a collaborative, compassionate, and reflective leadership
  • Understanding how one’s background influences their outlook of leadership
  • Reflecting on our ancestry through family and cultural backgrounds of leadership
  • The necessity of trusting leaders
  • Strategizing as collectives and engaging faculty of color to talk about equity and our students
  • The Latinx cultural personal approach that one is invited into leadership by elders
  • The difference between the academic senate and department chair 
  • Communities of practice – filling the gaps of AB705
  • The journey of conocimiento from Gloria Anzaldúa’s work
  • What does it mean as a counselor on a micro level as a leader and conversations with students?
  • Moving away from traditional modes of conditioning – Paulo Freire’s “Banking System”
  • Leadership hoarding
  • How should students be leading right now in this day and age?
  • “Knowing that you don’t know something but you can know about it.”
  • Having more empathy being key
  • Observing the Black Lives Matter movement and youthful leaders arising
  • Learn from what our students are doing now and honoring those that have come before us.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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

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Antiracism: The Conversation – A S.A.F.E. Topics and (Re)Teach Special Podcast Event

Hello, Campus Community! 
The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast is back for Season 2! In our season premiere, we teamed up with Bruce Hoskins and his (Re)Teach podcast to bring you a special conversation on “Antiracism.” As a campus, we are reading books on talking about race and the concept of “antiracism.” We brought together some dynamic folks to provide their perspectives. 
This episode is broken up into 3 parts

  1. The Talk
  2. The Work
  3. Our Hope 

Be sure to listen to these in order. 
Many ways to listen

  1. Re(Teach) – Buzzsprout
  2. Podbean Website – S.A.F.E. Topics – Season 2, Episode 1 
  3. S.A.F.E. Topics Spotify – Episode 11
  4. Apple Podcasts – Search for “safe topics” and/or “(Re)Teach”

Here are the details

Antiracism: A one-word conversation with faculty 

For the start of its second season, the first episode of The S.A.F.E. Topics podcast is an exciting one! Hosts Sean and curry are joined by Dr. Bruce Hoskins, host of the (Re)Teach podcast in a collaborative conversation with faculty about antiracism. We are joined by Rachel Hastings (Communication Studies), Oswaldo Ramirez (Counseling), Chad Tsuyuki (Letters), and Denise Stephenson (Writing Center) in an unscripted conversation about issues related to one word, “antiracism.”  

What to listen for

  • Antiracism, nothing new, but how do we start with ourselves? 
  • Looking inward while being surrounded by the normalcy of white supremacy. 
  • Antiracism is not equity.  
  • To be antiracist, it is a daily self-assessment of looking at “normal” spaces. 
  • Language at the root of performance and culture. 
  • “Walking the walk.” – Bringing race to the forefront. 
  • How often are you asked to talk about your own experiences? 
  • We have been socialized to perform, but we need to be action oriented. 
  • Political correctness and getting to ignore talking about race. 
  • Having a fear of saying anything wrong. 
  • Speaking about race will not be a comfortable conversation.  
  • Acknowledging white fragility, but not making it the centerpiece of attention. 
  • Where are our students left out? 
  • Having antiracism integrated into everything we talk about.  
  • Reflections on the NCHEA equity workshop. 
  • The baseball metaphor of antiracism. 
  • Acknowledging the Black Alliance group on campus.  
  • Shifting the conversation from equity to race.  
  • We must focus on what we’re good at as educators. 
  • Asking each of our guests the question: what are we feeling hopeful about? 

    You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.  

The S.A.F.E. Topics and (Re)Teach Teams

Bruce Hoskins – Faculty, Sociology (Co-Host)
curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

(Re) Teach.  Equity-Inspired Community College Teaching.
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S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 12, May 6, 2020

The humanities in a time of isolation: Going Remote, A Special Series

In our 12th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue rolling out our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by Billy Gunn (Film) and Robert Bond (History) to have a conversation on remote instruction and social distancing from a historical perspective as well as a media perspective.

What to listen for:

  • What have we been watching and playing lately?
  • A changing film industry in the midst of a pandemic.
  • The shift of having everything now.
  • Streaming services creating a new world.
  • The loss of the collective experience of going to the movies.
  • What are we losing to streaming services and technology?
  • What we can learn from pandemics in history.
  • The 1918 flu in San Diego – putting it in context.
  • Losing physical contact with one another.
  • Changing our activities and daily routines to try and stay healthy.
  • How our students are feeling isolated during this time.
  • Over-consumption of media as harmful.
  • Can we consume too much history?
  • Historians are currently attempting to put everything into context.
  • Hollywood after WWII.
  • How will we look back at this moment in time?
  • John Krasinski and “The Office.”

Recommendations from the crew: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Show), Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History (Podcast), BBC In Our Time (Podcast), Sebastian Major, Our Fake History (Podcast), Dan Carlin, Harcore History (Podcast), You Must Remember This (Podcast), The Last Kingdom (TV Show), Call of Duty Warzone (Video Game), Final Fantasy VII Remake (Video Game), Firewatch (Video Game), Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Book Series), Song Exploder (Podcast), James Bond Movies (Film).

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)

Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)

Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)

James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)