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

opportutnities 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 such

as collaborative assignments/projects,

research experiences, intercultural learning

and capstone projects.

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.

Learning Community Portal 

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 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?

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

Jason Suarez -  History 154: History of Mexico   TTh 9:30-10:55am

Xocoyotzin Herrera -  Ethnic Studies 5: Chicano Culture TTh 11:15am-12:40pm                                                                           

The Asian Experience: From Confucius to Modern-Day America

Hong Herrera Thomas -  History 114: History of the Asian American in the United States MW 9:30-10:55am

Randy Firestone -  Philosophy 114: Asian Philosophy  MW 11:15am-12:40pm                                                    

Racial Reconstruction: The Unfinished Project

David Reed -  Political Science 1: Governments of the United States and California  TTh 9:30-10:55am

Sandra Uribe -  History 101: United States History to 1877  TTh 11:15am-12:40pm

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

Daphna Ram -  Human Development 110: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (time TBA)                                                                          

Orion Teal -  History 102: United States History from 1877 (time TBA)

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

Between Black and White: Finding AAPI Voices in the U.S. Racial Landscape

Christina Nagao - English 1A: People of Oceania in the U.S.

Melissa Fujiwara -  Sociology 107: Issues of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

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

Xocoyotzin Herrera - Ethnic Studies 3: The Chicano in Contemporary United States Society

Jason Suarez -  History 154: History of Mexico

Social Justice: Racial Inequality and the Making of a New World

Hong Herrera-Thomas - Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

John Baranski - History 102: US History from 1877 to Present

Fall 2017 Learning Communities

BSS/SER Faculty

Argelia Andrade

Humanities - Spanish

John Baranski

Behavioral and Social Sciences - History

Randall Firestone

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Philosophy

Melissa Fujiwara

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Sociology

Xocoyotzin Herrera

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Ethnic Studies/History

Hong Herrera Thomas

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Ethnic Studies/History

Daphna Ram

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Human Development

David Reed

Behavioral and Social Sciences - Political Science

Jason Suarez

Behavioral and Social Sciences -  History

Orion Teal

Behavioral and Social Sciences - History

Sandra Uribe

Behavioral and Social Sciences - History