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Dialogues That Matter with Dr. Aletha Harven


Description: Dr. Aletha Marie Harven will address America’s  racial reckoning by helping campus community members to interrogate campus policies and practices that foster an oppressive college environment. Using a workshop format, Dr. Harven will lead attendees in developing strategies for modifying and developing practices that promote a sense of belonging among faculty, staff and students, which is crucial for recruitment, retention and learning.


About Dr. Aletha Marie Harven

Dr. Aletha Marie Harven is an Associate Professor in the Department of  Psychology and Child Development at California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Harven is a Global Educator and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategist, who promotes the success of all students and faculty. Dr. Harven holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from American River College (ARC) in Sacramento, California. 


Dr. Harven is a Co-PI for the Collaboration for Inclusive and Engaging Curriculum, Instruction, and Achievement (CIENCIA), which is a multi-year professional development program focused on inclusion and cultural sensitivity for STEM faculty and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF; 1.46M grant). Dr. Harven has twice been awarded "Outstanding Professor" at Stanislaus State University (2020 & 2021) in the areas of Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity for her NSF grant program and Community Service for her professional development program, "Confronting Anti-Black Racism on College Campuses," which attracted a large national audience, with international attendees. Dr. Harven’s areas of expertise include K-16 education; global education; diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging; social justice teaching and anti-racist leadership; risk, resilience and psychosocial adjustment among students; and student motivation and achievement.


Dr. Harven has received many prestigious grants such as those from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Spencer Foundation in collaboration with UCLA. She has also received many academic accolades for her outstanding and innovative work and has published in journals such as the Journal of Educational Research and the Journal of Science Education and Technology. Dr. Harven has co-authored a book on careers in child and adolescent development, edited and contributed chapters to critical books on social justice instruction and education policy, and written policy reports in the area of education for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). Dr. Harven’s international humanitarian work, as a teaching coach in impoverished communities, further demonstrates her dedication to increasing the success of our most vulnerable students.