Gonzaga Presents Webinar on ‘The Practice of Hope’

April 07, 2020
Gonzaga News Service
SPOKANE, Wash. — Given the enormous challenges we face as individuals and as a society in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Gonzaga University will present “The Practice of Hope,” a webinar that is free and open to all starting at 10 a.m. (PDT) Wednesday, April 8. For more information and to register, visit Practice of Hope.

The webinar will be presented by Yolanda Gallardo, Ph.D., Dean of Gonzaga’s School of Education, whose research has included the study of hope.

Hope as a practice goes much deeper than a simple wish for a good day, Gallardo says, noting it reflects our beliefs and is connected to how we perceive the way in which we should be in the world – both for and with others.

Gallardo came to Gonzaga last year from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where she served as associate professor and the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education. Before that, she was dean of education (2010-2014) and associate dean of undergraduate education (2007-2010) at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Much of her work has focused on the intersection of education and culture. She taught elementary school in Arizona on the border of Mexico for 12 years. During her years as an educator, she conceptualized, designed, and implemented a dual language program, served as a bilingual consultant and district writing specialist, and co-founded Mexicayotl Academy, a school focused on bilingual/biliterate/bicultural education.