USD to Host Action Research Conference

Conference to be held May 13th and 14th at the School For Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

The 8th Annual Action Research conference will take place at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) from May 13-14, 2011.  The conference, “Globalization and action research:  Bridging the professional, political, and personal” will explore the role action research plays in personal transformation, professional development and social change in an era of globalization.  In addition the conference provides opportunities for practitioners, researchers, and students to participate in action research consultancies, workshops, roundtable discussions, and research presentations.

Action research can be defined as professionals taking action to improve their practice by gathering and analyzing data and designing and implementing interventions based on the data.

The conference, which in years past has attracted hundreds of researchers, faculty, school administrators, school counselors, teachers, and graduate students from around the United States, is one of the few conferences in the nation that addresses action research for the betterment of schools, educational systems, and communities.

The keynote address will feature Dr. Yong Zhao, an internationally recognized expert on the effects of globalization on learning institutions.  The conference will also feature presentations by the Khmer Girls in Action, a group of high school students from Long Beach who use action research to address community issues within the Cambodian immigrant community; Dr. Zachary Green, describing the role that personal passion plays in guiding professional practice.

Khmer Girls in Action was created with a mission to contribute to the movement for social, economic, and political justice by building a strong, progressive, and sustainable community institution led by young Southeast Asian women and girls. KeoOuk, a young Khmer woman, born and raised in the Eastside is one of many who know this story all too well.  She joined Khmer Girls in Action, shortly after she lost her childhood friend in a random drive-by shooting. “I joined KGA because it’s like a second home to me,” Keo explains.“My sister used to go there and my friends too.”  Thanks to the guidance and support she received from Khmer Girls in Action, Keo is in the process of applying to college and is amazed that she has options and a door to a better future.

Sponsors of the event include USD’s School of Leadership & Education Sciences, USD’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Student Support Systems, USD Continuing Education, USD International Center, USD Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, and the USD Graduate Student Council.

To register for the event or to see the conference’s detailed agenda, please visit:

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.