April 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, April is a transition month for us this year. Usually, May is the transition month from spring semester to summer session. However, almost nothing in the past year has a precedent and so once again we are transitioning. It does not feel as abrupt as the sudden change we needed to make one year ago March, yet spring semester seems to be … Continue reading April 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

March 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, March is recognized as Women’s History Month and it is a time for us to recognize and commemorate the achievements of women in U. S. history. One of the reasons this month of celebration was founded was to draw attention to the many accomplishments women have made over the years and by doing so, allows young girls to see the possibilities of … Continue reading March 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

February 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, February is recognized as Black History Month and it is a time to focus our attention on the achievements of African Americans in U. S. history. I wondered about its origins, which also led me to think about the act of naming. When we name something it is a sign of respect and acknowledgement of its existence. It gives a sense of … Continue reading February 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

January 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, The beginning of a new year, so Happy New Year to everyone! There are many changes afoot and with the beginning of a new year and an opportunity for a fresh start, I reflected on new beginnings and how things get started. This led me to think about the book launch my colleague, Joan Lopez, and I are preparing for and how … Continue reading January 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

December 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, Many of us are looking forward to the ending of this year, which has tested our limits over and over again. There are a variety of words we can assign that highlight the unpredictability of this past year, and the very overused word, unprecedented. It is not only that we were challenged on several fronts, it is that we were challenged on … Continue reading December 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

November 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, The recent election process and results in the U.S. highlighted that we are a polarized nation. There are people who are at extreme ends of the continuum and are vocal about their beliefs and choices. Then there are the folks in the middle who are less vocal, but hold deeply held beliefs, as well. I remember it being coined as the silent … Continue reading November 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida