The David C. Anchin Speaker Series offers diverse opinions, profound insights and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of educational issues. These issues are of interest to international, national, state, and local audiences. The Series brings prominent educational and community leaders to campus to discuss how communities can work across boundaries to "Innovate Schools Today" and "Invent the Schools of Tomorrow".
Dr. Miquel Guajardo and Dr. Francisco Guajardo
On June 19, 2015 over sixty students, alumni, and community members gathered to hear a three-hour presentation entitled Self and Community as Text: Exploring Ecologies of Knowing and the Theory of Change in the TECO Room. Dr. Miquel Guajardo and his brother, Dr. Francisco Guajardo shared the remarkable story of the Llano Grande Center in South Texas, which they founded. The philosophy of Llano Grande Center is to develop and nurture local people with a particular appreciation for local history and wisdom. With local assets as the context, the Center's vision is to inspire youth culture that aspires to attend college and engage in community change. Now there are cars in the community with bumper stickers from Harvard, Yale, MIT and Stanford. The event was sponsored by the Anchin Center, USF Leadership Development and Policy Studies Program, and Hillsborough County Schools Leadership Development Department.
Dr. Paul Gorski
In March 2015 Dr. Paul Gorski came to USF for a two day community dialogue addressing equity and social justice. Dr. Gorski is an associate professor of Integrative Studies at George Mason University and an international expert on equity literacy. The events included: poster presentations by USF faculty, staff and students about their research on economic in/justice in communities and schools followed by a brown bag lunch discussion moderated by Dr. Gorski; a community workshop at the University Area Community Development Corporation near the USF campus, and a Diversity Lecture by Dr. Gorski entitled Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap. The David C. Anchin Center, was one of the sponsors for this two day event, along with the USF Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, the Humanities Institute, and the Anthropology Department.