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International Education Week Speakers

Monday, Nov. 13

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 16

Friday, Nov. 17

Monday, Nov. 13

12 p.m. Global literacy and rural empowerment in South Asia – Naita Chialvo, Deputy Director, READ Global

naitaNaita serves as deputy director of READ Global, overseeing a wide range of strategic responsibilities including marketing, fundraising, programs, finance and operations. READ Global establishes community library and resource centers (READ Centers) by partnering with rural communities in South Asia, where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line. All READ Centers are owned and operated by the local community. Each Center has a library, computer room, women's section, children's room and training hall. READ Global connects with local partners to offer trainings in education, economic empowerment, technology and women's empowerment.

Naita is passionately committed to improving livelihoods and education to address the grand challenges of poverty and international development. Prior to joining READ Global, Naita served as assistant director of The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program, overseeing programs across 20 countries. Earlier in her career, Naita also managed and supported the professional development of teaching candidates with Stanford’s Teacher Education Program (STEP) connecting teaching candidates with veteran mentor teachers across the Bay Area. Naita's diverse experiences include teaching on the island of Ailinglaplap in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and managing large institutional investment portfolios with Mellon Capital Management. She received her B.A. in economics and M.A. in peace education from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

1:30 p.m. Ireland & Anthropology – Sam Connell, Anthropology Instructor, Foothill College

Sam has worked at Foothill for nine years. Previously, Sam worked as a forensic archaeologist in Hawaiʻi , specializing in the recovery and identification of Missing In Action U.S. service members from past wars. He mostly worked in Vietnam and Laos excavating plane crashes. 

Sam received his degree from UCLA, where he completed a dissertation on the Maya and assessed ways to measure the degree of connectedness among people in the past. During the summer of 2015, Sam started a new research program focusing on castles in Ireland. The excavations and survey turned up many artifacts. 

3 p.m. Campus Abroad – Simon Pennington, Dean of Fine Arts and Communication & Kinesiology and Athletics, Foothill College 

Simon Pennington M.A. is a lecturer in Art History and has taught at Foothill College since 1995. Simon earned his M.A. (1992) from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England with an emphasis in Romanesque architecture. Simon's dissertation examined the ruined 12th-century church at Orford, England, proposed a form for the building, and placed it within the context of vigorous economic and political maneuvering by King Henry II and his attempt to dampen the influence of both the papacy and his barons.

Simon, a native of Norwich, England, received his B.A from San Jose State University and has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors including an internship at SFMOMA in the architecture and design department. In addition to Foothill College, Simon has taught at De Anza, Chabot, and San Mateo colleges.

Simon feels strongly that the study of art history not only provides a deeper understanding of specific cultures, their beliefs and history, but more importantly, gives us a keen sense of how we are all connected by our shared experiences. Currently, Simon is particularly interested in the influence of traditional Japanese design in the 21stcentury. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. Native Perspectives on Climate Change – Rochelle Diver, International Native Rights Activist, International Indian Treaty Council  
*Co Sponsored with Native American Heritage Month/ASFC*

rochelle driverRochelle Diver is a very talented individual who wears many hats. She is a member of the Fond du Lac tribal community and eco-activist, and a prominent sustainability advocate within the United Nations. As a lead staff member for the International Native Treaty Council, based in San Francisco, Rochelle described the Council itself as “an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the 1 Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.” Within her tribe’s own traditional homelands --where sustainable wild rice harvesting has nourished human cultures for tens of centuries-- Rochelle has already spent a lifetime fighting for clean air, water and food security within the Great Lakes region. Further from home, she has also proudly represented the International Indian Treaty Council at the United Nations in New York as well as worldwide global forums, most recently the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Jordan. 

carlos collard1:30 p.m. From Foster Care to Fostering Global Connections: Turning Everyday Interactions Into International Opportunities – Carlos Collard

Carlos is a former Los Angeles foster youth and first generation college graduate. Due to his desire to impact local communities, Carlos has spent most of his professional life in public service. While pursuing this career, he founded the City of Los Angeles’ South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) and served as Los Angeles’ youngest-ever neighborhood council president. Supporting foster youth is Carlos’ life cause. He currently supports UCLA’s Bruin Guardian Scholars and is a current board member and former board president of California Youth Connection (CYC) and an advisory board member of the International Foster Care Alliance.

Connecting with people and cultures is Carlos’ passion. By engaging locally, Carlos has vacationed, volunteered and worked abroad and has made friends from over 100 countries. He serves as a citizen diplomat to welcome visitors to America, and loves to attend cultural festivals, travel, and eat ethnic foods. Some of the most memorable include cobra’s blood, rotten shark, silkworm larvae, and duck embryo. As part of his presentation, he will give out more conventional and tasty international treats to help share his experiences!       

3 p.m. Ups and Down of an International Journalist Sonia Paul, Independent Journalist 

sonia paulSonia Paul is an independent journalist, radio producer and editor. She is a senior fellow with the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and contributing editor at MediaShift. After basing herself in Lucknow, India, from 2013 to 2015 as a freelance journalist, and reporting in Uganda last year as a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is currently (mostly) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. Her clips include stories on corrupt politics and governance, vote polarization, sports betting, America’s evolving demographics, caste and race, a women’s gun, LGBTQ subcultures and strategic sexuality, media censorship, technology bias, politicking with Uganda’s top female politician, the life of a Strongman, and a day with a lookalike of India’s prime minister. From 2009 to 2011, Sonia founded and produced “Shizuoka Speaks,” a grant-funded podcast series on racism, immigration and education in Japan. Sonia graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School where she studied as an Anne O’Hare McCormick Scholar, in 2013, and from UCLA with honors in 2008. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

11 a.m. Why Global Studies? – Kurt Hueg, Dean of Business & Social Sciences, Foothill College 

Kurt Hueg, Dean of the Business and Social Sciences Division at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, is committed to community college education and community service. He recently served as the Acting Vice President of Instruction for the college and has expertise in enrollment management, curriculum development, online education, marketing, governmental relations, accreditation, technology, and public relations. As Dean of the Business and Social Sciences Division, he supervises the largest academic division at Foothill College, comprising the departments of accounting, anthropology, business, child development, economics, geography, gerontology, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, special education, sociology and women’s studies.  

12 p.m. Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom and Global Connections through Ethnomathematics – Dr. Linda Furuto, University of Hawai‘i 

linda furutoDr. Linda H.L. Furuto is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Prior to this position, Dr. Furuto was an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics and Science, and Founder of the Mathematics Center at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu.  Dr. Furuto completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, master’s degree from Harvard University, and bachelor’s degree from BYU. Research interests include quantitative research methodology, ethnomathematics, abstract algebra, and educational access and equity. 

Dr. Furuto began training with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 2007, and was part of the first international leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage on Hōkūle‘a from Hawai‘i to Tahiti. Since then, she has had the opportunity to sail as education specialist and apprentice navigator on five additional legs to American Samoa, Samoa, Olohega (Swain’s Island), Aotearoa (New Zealand), South Africa, Washington, D.C., and New York City.  

3 p.m. Fund for the Future – Brian Evans, Economics Instructor, Foothill College

fund future logoFund for the Future has three goals: educate the college and the public about global poverty; raise money to fight global poverty; and create an inclusive and friendly environment for Foothill students to meet others concerned about global development issues. All money raised finances education in developing countries (through or microcredit loans (though

Thursday, Nov. 16 

11 a.m. The Red Hills of Mindoro: A Journey Of Service Leadership – Laurence Lew, Business Instructor, Foothill College              

Laurence Lew was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to the Bay Area in the height of the Dot.Com boom/bust. He lives in both San Francisco and Hong Kong. Laurence received his bachelor's in computer engineering, MFA in music performance and MBA from UCLA. Laurence has held many different positions in a variety of industries -- including Hi-Tech, Aerospace, Telecom, and Biotech -- and has served in leadership positions with a variety of companies such as IBM, Northrop Grumman, and Williams Sonoma.

Most recently Laurence served as a Vice President at d.j. moulton + associates, a U.S.-based boutique consulting firm focused on global business management solutions, where he was responsible for business solutions in corporate governance and enterprise learning in the APAC region. Previously,  he was a Director at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where he was responsible for a number of corporate functions, including Sales Operations and Product Portfolio Management.

12 p.m. Peace Corps! What is it, why do it, how can I prepare? – Veronica Busher, Operations Coordinator, Clover Health

veronicaVeronica graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2014 and immediately joined Peace Corps as a Community Health Extensionist in the Dominican Republic. She served for two years in the Monte Cristi province near the Haitian-Dominican border. After a formal community needs assessment, she facilitated the education of 800 adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, volunteered in a rural clinic, produced 50 Spanish-language radio programs, translated for numerous medical missions, and (after a lot of practice) finally learned how to dance bachata. Veronica now works for Clover Health in San Francisco as an Operations Coordinator with plans to apply to graduate school programs soon. 

1:30 p.m. Life of a Diplomat – Dorothy Ngutter, State Department 

dorothy ngutterDorothy Ngutter is the State Department's current representative to UC Berkeley. She assumed her duties as Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Region in August 2016. One of 16 Diplomats in Residence across the country, Dorothy provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships with the State Department to students and professionals throughout the northwest region.

Dorothy earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, and holds a Master of Art in Law & Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.  She joined the Foreign Service, after completing the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship in Ankara, Turkey (2012-2015), where she worked on a range of foreign policy issues. Before heading to Turkey, she served as a special assistant to Ambassador William J. Burns in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, covering Africa and global issues (2010-2011).

3:30 p.m. Cuba's Artistic Revolution Ron Herman, Photography Instructor, Foothill College      

Ron Herman, MFA, is an award-winning educator and Chair of the Photography Department at Foothill College, where he has been teaching since 1997. He has photographed for Polo Ralph Lauren and Spiegel, and his work is included in such collections as the Fototeca de Cuba, Kinsey Institute, Snite Museum, and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art. Ron received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and has lectured on his work and digital imaging technologies at Cornell, Stanford, and Yale Universities. In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright to research religious diversity in Senegal, a country where the Muslim majority peacefully coexists with the Christian minority.       

Friday, Nov. 17

11 a.m. Global Brigades      

Medical Brigades at Foothill College is a discipline of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Foothill College chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. Medical Brigades is a program within Global Brigades. Medical Brigades works with licenses medical professionals and community health workers to provide comprehensive health services in rural communities with limited access to health care. Our current focus is in Honduras, Ghana, and Panama.

12:15 p.m. The JET Program and 2020 Olympics in Japan – Steve Goldman & Cerell Rivera

Steve Goldman is the Senior Coordinator for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. In this capacity he is responsible for serving as a liaison between the Japanese Ministry of Education and Japanese language educators residing in the area served by our consulate including Northern California and Nevada. In this position he is also responsible for administering the Japanese government MEXT scholarships, the Japanese government sponsored student exchange program, ”The Kakehashi Project,” and the consulate’s “School Visit Program.”

He has lived and worked in Japan for more than six years, which included a stint as an English teacher as well as a Japanese language student at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

cerell riveraWith a unique focus on strategy, implementation and performance tracking, Cerell has successfully developed new business models and run programs for a variety of organizations, including Cisco, Pay Pal, and HCAP. Under the auspice of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Cerell designed and implemented the State of Hawaiʻi ’s Weatherization Assistance Programs that help middle- and low-income households reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save on monthly energy bills. Cerell is a member of the Enterprise Strategy Team in Cisco's Offer Monetization Office and serves on the Board of Directors of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California. Her international experience includes overseas residence, Japanese language skills, and intercultural exposure. Cerell refined her general management skills at The University of Hawaiʻi - Shidler College of Business and obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis.