TITLE: DESIGNING A CULTURALLY-VALIDATING SENTIPENSANTE (SENSING/THINKING) PEDAGOGY
DESCRIPTION: In this keynote address Laura I. Rendón will review contemporary pedagogies that can foster inclusion, equity, justice and well-being. In particular, Rendon will explain the basic tenets of operating with Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy to address the rhythmic balance between intellectual, social, emotional and inner-life skill development. Rendón will feature videos of faculty who foster deep learning employing illuminative knowledge tools (i.e., socially-driven art and photography, guided imagery, audio narratives, music and periods of reflection).
BIO: Laura I. Rendón Ph.D. is a nationally-recognized student advocate, scholar and contemplative educator.
Rendón is professor emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and has held faculty and administrative appointments at several universities. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Michigan.
Rendón grew up in a low-income, single-parent household along the U.S. Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. Rendón is a passionate advocate for low-income, first-generation students who she feels have hopes and dreams but often do not know how to realize them. She is also a teaching and learning thought leader, and is the author of Sentipensante Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation along with 9 other books and monographs and an extensive list of scholarly publications focusing on success for underserved student populations.
Currently, Rendón is involved in several leadership and advisory roles. Among these include: Board of Directors, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Racial Equity Coach, Bensimon & Associates and Equity Advisory Council, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rendón is the 2021 recipient of the Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award issued by the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
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