ISRD, CAH, GAD Conduct 2nd Webinar on ThinkTalk: Languages, Literature, Arts and Communication Series

           In celebration of Women’s Month, the BSU Institute of Social Research and Development (ISRD), spearheaded the webinar on “ThinkTalk: Languages, Literature, Arts and Communication Series with the theme, “Positioning Gender Perspectives in the Classroom and Society” on March 3-4, 2022 at the Carnation and Everlasting Hall, Research and Extension Building. The activity is in partnership with the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) and Gender and Development (GAD) Office.

                Participants from different countries including the Philippines, Albania, Algeria, Butan, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, Malaysia, South Africa, Pakistan, Timor Leste, and Qatar attended the webinar. 

                Dr. Kara S. Panolong, Division Chief of ISRD, acknowledged the speakers and participants and gave an overview of the webinar. 

                In his opening remarks, VP for Research and Extension Dr. Romeo A. Gomez Jr. commended the College of Arts and Humanities led by Dr. Myrna Sison, Research and Extension coordinators and GAD focal person for organizing the activity.

                GAD Director Dr. Estrellita Daclan presented the overview of Gender and Development stressing that GAD recognizes the unequal status and situation of women and men in society and advocates the equal role of men, women, and LGBTQ+ in the development of society.

               CAH Dean Dr. Myrna Sison expressed optimism and encouragement in achieving gender equality. “From this webinar, let us commit to working together to take the actions that are needed to break down barriers facing inequalities so that we all can enjoy a lifetime of better opportunities,” Sison said.  
                VP for Administration and Finance Atty. Allan Sacpa also encouraged everyone to continue advocacy on gender and development in the classroom, in family, and in church.

               The discussion of the topics started with the lecture of Dr. Imelda G. Parcasio, a professor at the BSU-College of Teacher Education. She lectured on Integrating Gender Perspectives in Syllabus and Instructional Materials. She discussed that learning materials should be free of gender stereotypes, gender bias, and discrimination and include gender-fair language.

              Dr. Dylan Edward R. Raranga, faculty of the University of Abra, presented his dissertation on Gender Responsive Teaching in Tertiary English Classes: A Basis for a Primer Development. In his discussion, he confirmed the lecture of Dr. Parcasio that instructional materials should cater to all genders in the classroom. He presented his PRIMER which aims to guide faculty in developing a gender-inclusive curriculum and instructional materials. 

              Furthermore, Dr. Yuvimin B. Lumidao, faculty of Ifugao State University-Tinoc Campus, presented her dissertation on Portrayal of Gender Roles in the Kalanguya Instructional Materials. She described that men and women share an equal role in the household.

             On the second day, BSU-CAH Faculty Karen O. Laking gave her lecture on Pop Culture and Gender. She emphasized that popular culture serves as an avenue for students to express themselves better in discussions inside the classroom when they speak the same language. 

             Peter Dalocdoc, BSU faculty of CAH, gave his lecture on Pop Culture and Media. He stated that popular culture is informed and popularized by mass media. He also elaborated on the different functions of media in society including surveillance, interpretation, linkage, the transmission of values, and entertainment. He went on to share that media influences people’s decisions which in turn become part of the popular culture and these media may cause negative effects associated with pop culture.


           The two-day webinar concluded with the closing remarks of ISRD Director Dr. Gigy Banes wherein she thanked the resource speakers for sharing their expertise and expressed gratitude to the participants of the activity. She appreciated the full support of all men and women behind the implementation and success of the webinar. //EBawayan