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Mendoza to Speak on Enhancing Advocacy

Posted on 2/2/2017 2:57:50 PM
Candid photo of Pablo Mendoza talking with a microphone

Pablo Mendoza will speak on the topic of advocacy and how faculty and students can work together to develop advocacy skills that help transform the world. Mendoza’s lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, February 15, is free and open to all students, faculty, and the public.

The talk, “Enhancing Advocacy in and Out of the Classroom,” begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 225. Refreshments will be provided, as well as attendance vouchers.

The event is sponsored by the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center and is part of the Jones White Endowment speaker series.

Mendoza is assistant to the president and director of the Office of Social Equity, where he is an advocate and catalyst for diversity and inclusiveness at the university.

Prior to his appointment at IUP, Mendoza directed the multicultural center at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He received his PhD in educational leadership policy at the University of Missouri, Columbia; his master’s degree in East Asian and Pacific studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; and his bachelor’s degree in non-western history from the University of San Diego.

The following are excerpts from Mendoza’s prepared remarks:

We are here to assist our students and our colleagues to transform the world for the better and help people develop the necessary skills for advocacy.

In this time in which a presidency  used discriminatory language to build a support base, we are now faced with…mentoring students to advocate for themselves. We must build the necessary environment in which constructive engagement facilitates understanding across groups.

Because we are educators, we possess a basic hope for the future. I hope that our students will walk away from IUP with examples of cross-cultural behavior that they will take into their future careers.

There will be an opportunity for questions and comments following Mendoza’s remarks.

“Enhancing Advocacy in and Out of the Classroom”

February 15, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Rm. 225

Pablo Mendoza will speak on the topic of advocacy and how faculty and students can work together to develop advocacy skills that help transform the world. Part of the Jones White Endowment speaker series.