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Juliana Raskauskas Legacy Award and Lecture

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Epicure Restaurant at Sacramento State

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The Juliana Raskauskas Legacy Lecture honors and celebrates the academic life and legacy of the late Professor Juliana “Juli” Raskauskas, a distinguished member of Sacramento State’s College of Education faculty from 2007 to 2016. Dr. Raskauskas was a beloved professor in Child Development who excelled in every area of her work: an outstanding teacher who focused on the area of social and emotional development; a renowned leader in research on bullying; and a leader in faculty service, most notably in the areas of graduate programs, academic policies, and research practices protecting human subjects in research. Dr. Raskauskas is remembered as a teacher, mentor, scholar, colleague, friend, and a powerful inspiration to a generation of faculty and students.

The College of Education, in collaboration with the Office of Research Affairs, will hold the first Juliana Raskauskas Legacy Lecture during the College of Education CelebratEd week (September 25-29, 2017). The Legacy award recipients will be recognized for advancing the finest aspects of Dr. Raskauskas’ legacy, such as highlighting issues pertaining to mental health of children and adolescents, building resilience within vulnerable populations, and embodying leadership and professionalism in advocating for undergraduate and graduate student success while promoting the ethical conduct of research across campus. The award comes with $1,000 in research development funds from the Office of Research Affairs.

Two College of Education professors, Dr. Rose Borunda and Dr. Stephen Brock, will receive the award and deliver lectures from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Epicure Restaurant in the University Union at Sacramento State.

Dr. Rose Borunda is Professor in M.S. in Counseling and Core Faculty for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. Her talk, “Restoring our Humanity at Ground Zero,” addresses the costs associated with failing to identify with and/or acknowledge the suffering of others. “The departure from our full humanity fuels relational divisions,” she says. “However, when we seek to restore our relationships, respect and harmony is established.” Overcoming California’s legacy of being what Professor Brendan Lindsay calls a “Murder State,” the efforts of the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) – an informal coalition of educators, tribal scholars and native activists – is promoting the implementation of California Indian Curriculum Summits. The Coalition’s goal is to promote the creation, adoption and implementation of California Indian-vetted curricula. In collaboration with public/private school educators, the focus is to include California Indian perspective and history in the content of what our children learn in school, as this has not been standard practice. “In this journey,” Dr. Borunda says, “we not only convey that we value and honor our Original Nations, we also restore our collective humanity and model to future generations how to heal and how to be in relation with one another.”

Dr. Stephen E. Brock is Professor and Program Coordinator of the School Psychology program. In his talk, "Toxic Stress: Definitions, Incidence, and Consequences," he explores the impact of trauma on children. It has been suggested that close to half of the nation's schoolchildren are exposed to a traumatic event before age 18. However, for some youth, such as those in impoverished urban settings, such exposure can be as high as 90 percent, with many experiencing chronic or toxic stress. It has been suggested that toxic stress is a partial explanation for the so-called “achievement gap.” In his talk, Dr. Brock will define the nature of such stressors, address its incidence, and examine its consequences on child development, and will conclude with a discussion of how to address the challenges of toxic stress in the school setting.

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