September 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, National Hispanic Heritage month, from September 15-October 15, is a time to appreciate the cultural contributions this varied community has had in the U.S. For me it is a time to reflect on one of my favorite contributions to the world this community has made, salsa music and dancing.  I grew up in the Bronx, but it was not until I was … Continue reading September 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

August 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, In getting ready to psyche myself up for fall and all of the unpredictability it brings, I wanted to do a little assessment of where I am now. There is an image I use for myself and with others in workshops, to develop self-awareness of where my energy is going. This is what the image looks like: There are four areas of … Continue reading August 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

July 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, Seems like this past year and a half we have been operating in the mode of “the next best thing to being there is being there virtually” and this is the way we are conducting our fieldwork practicum this summer. We have been working with youth and community leaders in Colombia on peacebuilding initiatives through the arts. In 2015 we brought students … Continue reading July 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

June 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, In this blog entry I want to reflect a bit on the notion of risk and risk taking. I have been writing a book on women and negotiation and one area I have been researching is on risk. When we negotiate there are different levels of risk involved depending on several factors, one being how important the issues or items we are … Continue reading June 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

May 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, I was reflecting on the level of productivity I need to complete all of the tasks I want to complete and comparing it with the reality of my energy and focus. There are some days I am bursting with energy and determination and I am able to accomplish so much more than I expected. I feel that anything is possible and if … Continue reading May 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

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