Mike Segrist, a UHD graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching and a social studies teacher at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena ISD, recently presented at the Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference in Fort Worth. His presentation, titled “How U.S. Military Intervention in Vietnam Changed Texas Culture,” was based on his previously published paper in The Social Studies Texan: The Official Journal of the Texas Council for the Social Studies, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal for social studies educators in Texas.
The presentation explained the events that led to Vietnamese refugees moving to the U.S., specifically to Houston, after the Vietnam War. It also explored the impact of Vietnamese immigration on Houston’s culture. Segrist said that social studies teachers who attended the presentation can use the information to teach their students about the Vietnam War and better understand the backgrounds of students of Vietnamese decent in their classes.
Segrist’s presentation, funded by a UHD high-impact practices grant, served as his capstone project in the Directed Study in Urban Education (MAT 6390) class taught by Colin Dalton, Ed.D., assistant professor urban education. The class is Segrist’s final course in the UHD Master of Arts in Teaching in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. The graduate degree, which included the high-impact experiences of publishing a scholarly article and presenting at an academic conference, has prepared Segrist for future curriculum development and teacher training duties at Pasadena ISD.