Dept Chair 12 Mo, Mexican American Studies
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Mondays 3-5pm & Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am or by appointment [SSC 526]
Marcos Pizarro began teaching at San José State University in 1999. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Pizarro works with Chicana/o students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies that might aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and create social justice in their communities.
In 2005, he published a book on his research with Chicana/o youth in East Los Angeles and the Yakima Valley of Washington State. The book, "Chicanas and Chicanos in School," explores the relationship between the identities of Chicana/o students and their academic performance with a focus on lessons that will aid those interested in enhancing the educational performance of these youth (see below for a link to the book). Currently, he coordinates MAESTR@S, a Movement for Raza Liberation through Educación, a social justice organization developing and implementing a transformative education model with raza communities. He also works with schools on the development and implementation of Raza Studies curricula to enhance Latina/o student engagement. A complete CV is available under the "My CV" link above.