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FallWelcome to fall classes!

Logistics first:  Please check to make sure that you have your syllabus and your text book, have completed your first night assignment, and that you know where your classroom will be!  Fall Term I classes begin this week starting tomorrow, August 28!

Welcome to everyone, those returning with just a few classes to graduation, those who are just getting started, and everyone in-between.  We now have students in Human Services and Intensive Business in classes at four locations:  in Belmont, at Canada College, at Mission College, and in Tracy.  Last year was perhaps our largest graduating class ever, with 90 students graduating, almost evenly divided between Human Services and Intensive Business students.   We are thrilled now to welcome so many new students and look forward to watching our communities on each campus grow as more and more learn about and are welcomed into our community.  You are each on uniquely individualized journeys and we are committed to working together to support your academic and professional goals.

KMThis term we welcome Dr. KeMiT Mawakana.  Professor Mawakana clerked for the United States District Court of the District of Columbia prior to entering private practice where he represented Fortune 500 companies in complex civil litigation.  He has founded, or served as general counsel, for multiple companies and organizations including for-profit and non-profit entities.  In academia, he has taught at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  He is nationally acclaimed expert in the field of Contract Law, and has worked extensively with underserved communities and small businesses in organizing and transactional matters.  He will be teaching our Legal Environment of Business class at the Canada campus.

KJGWe also welcome Dr. Kimberley Garth-James, who has been teaching in the graduate and day business programs, but who joins the evening program for the first time this fall.  Dr. Garth-James has been a public servant for about 20 years, working as a consultant and in various roles on the California Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Planning and the State Senate (Appropriations, Ethics and Joint Committees on Penal Code and Prisons); the Department of Defense and US Embassy (Immigration Visa) in London, UK; as a consultant to the US Department of Justice (OJP) and Independent Observer of Prison Industries; a Victims’ Policy Advisor, US Sentencing Commission; and a Commissioner for the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission in California.  She is also an international speaker on public-private partnerships and eLearning, has worked with the United States on human rights policy, and is the author of three books and multiple articles.  Dr. Garth-James will be teaching Managing Cultural Diversity at our Tracy campus.

Dr. Mawakana and Dr. Garth-James join a wonderful team of professors, many of whom have taught in Human Services and Intensive Business for many years (even decades!):  Dr. Tish Davis-Wick, Dr. Patrick Arbore, Ralph Barsi, Nellis Freeman, Dr. David Hua, Barbara Kapan, Dr. Dyanne Ladine, Dr. Sandra Larragoiti and Dr. Luis Reynoso.  Together, we are thrilled to welcome you to the fall semester and we look forward to learning from and with each other.

Education can be life changing; both an opportunity and a gift.  At NDNU, we are part of a long legacy that supports accessibility to education through social justice and community engagement.  You will see the values of awareness, understanding, freedom, wisdom, critical thinking, empathy, and inclusivity celebrated and embodied in each class and – even more importantly – will see classroom lessons applied for good in our neighborhoods, organizations, and broader world.  In a time where many of these values feel threatened by the tragic events that populate both the news and our experiences, we remain committed to  deepening our understanding, increasing our own consciousness, and supporting each of you in the achievement of your unique personal, academic, and professional goals.

Again, a warm welcome from everyone in the Professional Studies Program,

Dr. Therese Madden, Judy King, Dr. Tish Davis-Wick, and all of our faculty.

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