By X. Ryan & J.Diaz
Los Angeles, CA June 5, 2012
Doctoral Student Presents at American Educational Research Association 2012 Annual Meeting
Crystal Jensen, President and Founder of Integrity Technologies, Inc., Founder of the Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCle), and doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in West Los Angeles, CA presented “Native American education system and social sector technology integration for the public good: An overview” at the 2012 American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting held in Vancouver, Canada.
Ms. Jensen’s presentation centered on the history and current situation of Native American education, and how technology is and can be used to empower communities. Citing research from leading scholars, professional experience, legislative policy, and cultural knowledge, Ms. Jensen presented the framework for a plan to actualize technological integration into a successful educational system for Native American and under-served cultural populations that capacity builds communities.
Jensen Publishes an Article Pepperdine’s The Colleague Alumni Magazine Regarding Her Explorations of Her Tribal Heritage and Meetings with Key Congressional Leaders
By X. Ryan & J. Bowen
Los Angeles, CA June 4, 2012
Doctoral Student’s Voyage into Personal History and Tribal Purpose Coincide.
Crystal Jensen, President and Founder of Integrity Technologies, Inc., Founder of the Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCle), and nearly finished doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in West Los Angeles, CA published an article in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Pepperdine University’s The Colleague Alumni Magazine. The article chronicles her journey from research to purpose. Her personal sojourn back to her Choctaw roots in Oklahoma and Washington D.C. enhanced her research and defined her purpose in serving and empowering technologically, educationally, and economically under-served populations.
In addition to attending conferences, meeting with legislators and executives, and studying pioneering educational technology organizations throughout the globe, Ms. Jensen has created two organizations–Integrity Technologies and the Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCle)–with the goal to support and empower indigenous communities through learning technologies. Her personal history and heart for community have motivated her to continue to work with and for Native American tribes and indigenous groups to preserve and promote a positive legacy.
In her essay, she recollects her key learnings and opportunities through the Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies (DELT) program in the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) and how they confirmed her passion to fulfill her call to “Purpose, Service, and Leadership.” The article, titled “GSEP Perspectives: Tribal Education and Communities in Need,” goes into detail about how her graduate work has provided invaluable opportunities to learn more about tribal education as well as her Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma heritage.
These visits have helped inform the development of “two organizations that utilize learning technologies to serve Native American and indigenous communities in need – Integrity Technologies and the Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCLE).”
In addition to visiting her homeland, Crystal was invited to attend the National Indian Education Association Legislative Summit (NlEA) in Washington, D.C. While there, Crystal visited Capitol Hill and attended meetings with key congressional representatives, including Senators Udall, Akaka, and Inouye and others, the director of the Bureau of Indian Education, the Vice President of the NEA, and various educational leaders. “These experiences connected me with high-level Native American and non-Native education and legislative leaders and will provide key contacts to support my future learning endeavors to empower others in need, in accordance with the Pepperdine mission.”
For further information about Crystal Jensen and CERCle, visit icercle.org
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Computer Science & Information Technology Conference 2012
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