Small Class Sizes

BSS/SER Learning Communities enroll a

maximum of 30 students. Small class sizes

benefit students in a variety of ways. In this

setting, students have more opportunities to

ask questions. They also have more

opportunities to engage in discussions.

Finally, small class size makes it easier to

know you professors and classmates.

Student Equity Reenvisioned

Student-Centered Faculty

BSS/SER faculty are committed to creating

an active learning environment for students

by embedding high impact practices and

creating a culturally responsive and equity-

minded learning environment.

Student Relevant Themes

BSS/SER Learning Community themes

focus on the big questions that matter

beyond the classroom and that have an

impact at the global, national, regional and

local level. Issues explored may include

social justice, individual and group rights,

social policy and social change,

environmental and ecological challenges

and multiculturalism and globalism.

Embedded Academic Counseling

BSS/SER Learning Community counselors

assist students in academic/career planning

so that immediate and long range academic

and career goals can be achieved.

Counselors accomplish this by providing

students with relevant information and

individualized education plans.

Welcome! We are extremely excited about your interest in participating in a Behavioral and Social Science (BSS)/Student Equity Reenvisioned (SER) Equity-Minded Learning Community! BSS/SER learning communities provide students with an opportunity to learn in an innovative and dynamic academic setting that embeds high impact practices to facilitate student success. BSS/SER learning communities are also theme-based and interdisciplinary. Themes explored in past learning communities include Heritage and Identity Across Borders: The History of Mexico and the Chicano Socio-Cultural Experience and Social Justice: Racial Inequality and the Making of a New World. Our learning community approach creates a culturally responsive and equity-minded learning experience that fosters and enhances connections among students, faculty and disciplines.  Please explore this website to learn more about our learning communities and how you can become a participant. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Why Participate?

Fall 2018 Learning Communities

UC/CSU Transferable Courses

All courses offered through BSS/SER

Learning Communities are UC/CSU

transferable. These courses are also listed

under their respective areas in ICETC.

PASS Mentor Tutoring

The PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

Mentor Program assists  students with

course content in the classroom and

through PASS sessions. PASS mentors also

provide students with general advice on  a

wide range of topics relating to student


Jason Suarez SER Faculty Coordinator
Wendy Lozano Student Services Specialist Student Equity

SER Faculty

Argelia Andrade - Spanish

John Baranski - History

Randall Firestone - Philosophy

Melissa Fujiwara- Sociology

Renee Galbavy- Psychology

Lars Kjeseth - Mathematical Sciences

Eduardo Muñoz - Political Science

Christina Nagao-  English

Xocoyotzin Herrera - Ethnic Studies/History

Hong Herrera Thomas - Ethnic Studies/History

David Reed - Political Science

Jason Suarez - History

Julie Soden - Human Development

Orion Teal - History

Sandra Uribe - History

Spring 2019 Learning Communities

The Asian Experience: From Confucius to Modern Day America

History 114: History of the Asian American in the United States | Hong Herrera Thomas

Philosophy 114: Asian Philosophy | Randy Firestone

Creating Social Change: The Power of One, The Power of Many

Human Development 110: Strategies for College Success/Life | Daphna Ram

History 102: United States History from 1877 | Orion Teal

Heritage and Identity Across Borders: The History of Mexico and the Chicano Socio-Cultural Experience

History 154: History of Mexico | Jason R. Suárez

Ethnic Studies 5: Chicano Culture | Xocoyotzin Herrera

Racial Reconstruction: The Unfinished Project

Political Science 1: Government of the United States and California | David Reed

History 101: United States History to 1877 | Sandra Uribe

Fall 2019 Learning Communities and myPath Courses

myPATH myPATH is a designation for stand-alone courses in Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) that integrate culturally responsive and equity-minded teaching frameworks with Guided Pathways principles. Thus faculty teaching myPATH courses incorporate the following: Culturally responsive and equity-minded curriculum designs Content exploration through themes and questions that matter to students Embedded counselors to assist students in academic/career planning Embedded PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) Mentor Program to assist students with course content The goal of myPATH is to bring the learning community experience to a stand alone course.