Director, Sage Project
Dr. Jessica Barlow is the Director of the Sage Project within the Division of Undergraduate Studies and is a Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She directs the Phonological Typologies Laboratory and conducts research in the area of phonological acquisition. Her research program has received support from the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and internal sources through SDSU. In 2012, Barlow was awarded the SDSU Alumni Association Monty Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University. Barlow has served on SDSU’s Senate Sustainability Committee and SDSU’s Climate Action Planning Council since their inception. In addition, she has served as a co-organizer and co-facilitator for curricular workshops to help faculty in higher education incorporate concepts of sustainability into their courses.
Kristofer Patrón-Soberano is an economist from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico, but turned green by deciding to study a master’s degree in environmental management at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef) in Tijuana. His research focused on the economic valuation of natural resources, and binational collaboration and US-Mexico governance. After graduating from the master’s program, he continued working at El Colef as coordinator of border projects. Kristofer also served as deputy director for Tijuana’s Environmental Protection Agency. There, he developed novel programs such as Replicadores Ambientales (Environmental Replicators) to strengthen local environmental education, and Comuniparques to rehabilitate green public spaces in Tijuana’s most vulnerable areas. Now, as part of the Sage Project, Kristofer hopes to keep contributing to the sustainable development of the region.
I am a doctoral student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. I have worked closely with language for many years and wish to address some of the many issues involving the underserved multilingual populations in the San Diego area. It is an honor to be able to join the Sage Project, working to bring students out of the classroom and into the community. In 2014, I participated in community-centered service in partnership with the Sage Project and Dr. Henrike Blumenfeld’s course, SLHS 580 Communication Processes and Aging. The students, myself included, provided services to the elderly community through the Kimball Senior Center in National City. We were able to use knowledge from the course to better serve the seniors while benefiting from hands-on learning. The collaboration was deemed a resounding success by the students and community alike! I believe the Sage Project embodies a progressive, naturalistic approach to learning that is beneficial to all parties involved, and I am excited to contribute to its growth.
Graphic Design Intern
I am a senior international student from Japan, majoring Graphic design at SDSU. I started my education in the US by attending a language school in 2012. I originally planned to study film in the US, but my interest shifted toward graphic design because it can combine with multiple fields. My hobbies are making illustrations, stories, travel, and watching movies. I also do web design and enjoy photography. With the experience of being a foreigner in the US, I like to learn about different people and cultures. I consider that a culture is always the very roots that creating one’s personality, preferences, or sense of value. Therefore, my design goal is always related to culture and the best solution for multiple problems in society. Lastly, I am very excited about becoming a member of the Sage Project. I’ll do my best!
I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and double minors in Spanish and creative writing. I am so excited to take the social media strategy, writing and storytelling techniques I’ve learned in the classroom and apply them to my role with the Sage Project. I love being part of an organization that allows students to solve real-world problems because I believe hands-on experience is crucial for college students as they take the first steps of their career. Outside of the Sage Project, I hold other public relations internships and serve as 2016-2017 President for the SDSU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.