This year CASA | Center for Applied Spatial Analysis and the Geography Program bring the Geography Awareness Week & GIS Day with three independent one-hour programs:
Monday, November 15, 2021 | 2:00PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time) | Language & the Right to Public Space with Dr. Carr
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 1:00PM to 2:00PM (Pacific Time) | GIS Professionals Experiences: A Panel with Mr. Eugene Barrera, Mr. Aron Harris, Mrs. Kelechenyi, and Mrs. Lopez
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 1:00PM to 2:00PM (Pacific Time) | Thinking Geographically: Making "Known" Research Problems Unique with Dr. Sánchez-Rivera
Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Follow along on #GeoWeek
GIS Day is an annual event celebrating the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) that was initiated by spatial analytics world-leader Esri, and which first took place in 1999. Follow along on #GISDay
This year, we bring three (3) online one-hour presentations
Language & the Right to Public Space
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 FROM 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Language can act as a barrier to social engagement, and individuals who do not speak or read the language being used are inhibited from participating in public activities. In this presentation, Dr. Carr will discuss the accessibility of Southeast Los Angeles’ linguistic landscape, or the written language displayed in public space, considering over 4,500 signs and 24 interviews with residents of Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. Results show that the lack of Spanish in signage can negatively impact Latinx individuals’ sense of belonging in their communities and their right to participation in the public space.
Jhonni Carr holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently teaches in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Specializing in Spanish Sociolinguistics, she investigates the power dynamics of displayed languages in the public space of Southern California and Mexico.
GIS Professionals' Experiences
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021 FROM 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
This panel provides a short yet important actualization on the importance of GIS in local government. Mr. Barrera highlights his work creating a pipeline from Stanislaus State and the County of Merced to provide “real world” experiences in the application of GIS in local government. Mr. Harris will talk about desires skills to develop resourceful GIS professionals for the public or private sector. Mrs. Kelechenyi introduces her most recent work with the Merced County Courthouse Museum while Mrs. Lopez bring her experiences as an intern at Stanislaus County.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 FROM 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
“Geography is everywhere” (Cosgrove, 1989), but despite the valuable insights that geography offers to research and every-day problems, the general population widely misunderstand the discipline, and its importance is often overlooked. Through the story of her academic journey, Thinking Geographically: Making “known” Research Problems Unique, studying racial, ethnic and national identity in Dr. Sanchez-Rivera reflects on how known-research problems and theories could benefit from the geographic perspective and its refreshing approaches.
Dr. Ana Sánchez-Rivera is a Human Geographer with a Cognitive and Social Psychology background. Her undergraduate research at the University of Puerto Rico was based on discriminatory attitudes against Dominicans living in Puerto Rico. She completed her MA in Multicultural Geography at SUNY Binghamton. Her thesis expanded on how Whitening’s patterns changed by places in the Island and the importance of these when identifying xenophobic attitudes against Dominicans. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Geography Department. Her work contributed to Identity Process Theory and its position about people-place relationships. Her study focused explicitly on how places created by the government and, the narratives told about them, influence racial, ethnic and national identity in Puerto Rico. Dr. Sanchez-Rivera currently works as Survey Statistician for the Racial Statistics Branch, at the US Census Bureau, Population Division.
This 1-hour online activity, supported by CASA | Center for Applied Spatial Analysis, brings a conversation with David and Sharon Froba about Racially Restrictive Covenants in Modesto. These Racially Restrictives Covenants were used across the United States and Modesto was not an exception. These records show how RRCs were used in Modesto mainly around the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Although these restrictions are not applicable nowadays, their effects continue haunting the deepest fabric of our society.
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. The GIS Day takes place during the middle of the Geography Awareness Week. The GIS Day is and annual and worldwide event celebrated for the first time in 1999 by the National Geographic Society, the American Association of Geographers, and the Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI), which is the developer of the ArcGIS Pro, a GIS software widely use.
Reviewing the Urban Historical Geography of Racially Restrictive Covenants (RRCs) it is important. After the Great Depression prompted the National Mortgage Crisis of the 1930s, legislation from the New Deal provided a shift on mortgage lending. The Federal Government backed mortgage lending not just as a path to increase homeownership but also wealth accumulation. However, not everybody was treated equally. Non-white communities were redlined and housing developments and housing deeds on those developments started to add Racially Restrictive Covenants with a similar language to this:
“H) That said lots, or any portion thereof, shall not be used in any manner whatsoever or occupied by any Negro, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, Malayan, Mexican, Cuban, or native of the Turkish Empire, or any person not of the Caucasian race, or descent thereof except as the servant of the occupant.”
These Racially Restrictives Covenants were used across the United States and Modesto was not an exception. These records show how RRCs were used in Modesto mainly around the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Although these restrictions are not applicable nowadays, their effects continue haunting the deepest fabric of our society.
Presentation: Racially Restrictive Covenants in Modesto, California
& the use of GIS
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Presentation with closed captions in English
Presentatción con subtítulos en español
Sharon Froba | Sharon Froba founded Modesto High School’s annual Day of Respect in 1998. Day of Respect has been featured on Inside California Education, a show on PBS, KVIE Channel 6, and the Modesto Bee. As a retired teacher, Sharon has continued working for our community. Sharon and David took on the painstakingly difficult task of collecting and identifying documents from the Stanislaus County archives on Racially Restrictive Covenants in Modesto.
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David Froba, JD | As a retired attorney at law, David Froba has helped uncover over one hundred subdivisions, and counting, with racially restrictive covenants (RRC's) In Modesto. RRC's were used as a legal tool to segregate many cities across the United States, and Modesto was no exception. These records show how RRCs were used in Modesto mainly around the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
Mr. Cameron Pallotta, M.S. | is lecturer in the Geography Program and the Geography GIS computer lab manager at California State University, Stanislaus. Mr. Pallotta has helped us with several key components during this process.
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José R. Díaz-Garayúa, Ph.D. | He is Associate Professor of Human Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at California State University Stanislaus. He is co-Director of CASA, the Center for Applied Spatial Analysis. His research focuses on inequities with emphasis on race, ethnicity, and place. One of his interests spin around the intersection of Geography (Geographic Thought, Spatial Thinking, and GIS) and the Humanities (particularly the human experience and cultural studies).
This program was made possible with the support from:
This event, with support from California Humanities, brought a series of speakers during the 2019 Geography Awareness Week, specifically during the GIS Day, who shared their work on how geography meets the humanities, having social justice as a central theme. Speakers talked about a wide range of topics including film, fair trade, the role of GIS in activism and social justice in disadvantaged communities, and health and inequalities among others. The public had the opportunity to learn and ask questions and reflect on the importance of the humanities and geography.
Updated: June 29, 2022