Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-27 21:25:54

Reflection Essay Paper

COPLAC -Spring 2019

April 27, 2019

In retrospect of what I learned in this class, I feel good about process of blogging, and have to admit that blogging is more effective than writing down notes that are usually not viewed by others.  Also I realized how paper orientated I am opposed to digital, and how to better recognize and explain conflict/resolution situations. The experience of creating a website and using digital technology was overwhelming for me, and as expected my digital knowledge and skills have greatly improved as a result of taking this class.   I enjoyed our class discussions involving on sociology, psychology, current and historical conflict/resolution situations.

Wow!!  As identified in the syllabus this class taught me digital skills that I actually needed.  Now I can talk the talk, and anxious to learn more about WordPress, Google Chrome, using other tools and online resources such as Google My Maps, Bibly and Noodle.   Fair Use is ingrained in my memory considering all of the great images I wanted to use, but had to remove because I did not have permission to use them. I also learned how to use the internet and visit sites that offered free images.   At this point, with the help of our tech support I think WordPress is relatively easy to login to select a theme, creating pages, uploading to the photogallery, and posting images, but there is still more for me to learn, and it can be confusing at times just like any other application.   One feature I need to work continue working on in WordPress is using and/or understanding how to use format functions within a selected site theme. Overall, I just need more practice and plan to continue to practice using WordPress.

Thinking back to when the class first started …I wanted to save the world, I was ready to start a peace movement, and get a group of folks together in my community to resolve a local conflict.   Dr. Welch told me that he would not stop me in trying to save the world…LOL. However, he knew I would need more than one semester to do that! He then proceeded to simply discuss the course timeline and objectives and that quickly narrowed down my focus!  Dr. Wallace was right there to provide her input, and provide additional details about the course. Throughout the entire course the timely, discerning, comprehensive and thorough feedback, knowledge and perspectives of Professors Welch and Wallace was invaluable.   Also having the support of the technical staff was tremendously appreciated, from the weekly audio checks to always having support from access to COPLACDigital Program Associate, Leah Taams even before the class started.

I truly feel like after working with both professors, interacting with classmates and learning about their projects,  reading the course materials, reviewing COPLAC student projects from prior semesters, participating in class discussions and completing my site project that I have a heightened sense of awareness of conflict and resolution and overall societal awareness.   I recall both professors sharing examples of their own conflict resolution research projects and finding that to be totally inspiring.

Initially, I thought this class would be easy, but having to do so much research, and thinking about the design of my site, and where info should be placed.  The logistics of it all was mind boggling for me. Now I think I realize how web designers might feel sometimes when working site projects oppose to just being a contributor to a site.    

This semester was challenging academically and on a personal level. Unexpectedly, two of my friends passed away, and I decided to resigned from a full-time job to spend more time with my 86 year-old mother.  It is important to me that my Mom stay as alert and active as possible at her age. Within the next few weeks Mom and I are scheduled to do some of her favorite things, i.e., attend water aerobics, gardening, spending time on a houseboat and fish for Bass and Catfish all day, and visit friends.  

Overall, I enjoyed the format of the course, most of all the distance learning aspect was great since I live 90 miles from the University.   Participation in this course has been a rewarding experience for me. Thanks Everyone! Peace, Love & Happiness Always. ~jj

Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-26 21:38:47

Check this out!! Visit link below…Another Conflict/Resolution Issue!

New California Ban on Hair Discrimination!!

The Crown Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair)



Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-05 07:00:06

I still need to decide what format to display the number of Sisterlock Consultants actively throughout the United States and International. Oh yeah, …I think I will just post the link to the sisterlock.com website page that lists Certified and Qualified Trainees, then add narrative to the page to introduce the information.

Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-05 06:54:32

Almost there, I figured out how to view my page in Google Chrome, this way I was able to see all of the images I attached to the Press n’ Curl and African American Hair Images. Now I need to remove one of the images from the Press n’curl page because it is a woman with Corn Roll Braids.

Janice Johnson – Sonoma State University March 25, 2019 Rocking My Roots! Revised Research Contract It is my objective to explore a level of institutional discrimination in America concerning a legal obstacle involving how the State of California Barbering and Cosmetology Act violated the Due Process and Equal Protection rights of African American Natural Hair Stylists in California. I will highlight the 1999 Sisterlock Court Victory that allows for Sisterlock Hairstylists and/or Braiders of African textured hair to no longer be required to spend (1,600 hours) and at least $5,000, at a government-approved cosmetology school in order to legally practice historical and contemporary natural African textured hair styling techniques and designs. I plan use the California court case championed by Dr. Joanne Cornwell, founder of Sisterlocks(™) who challenged the State of California Barbering and Cosmetology Act in reference to how it’s regulations violate Due Process and Equal Protection rights. Dr. Cornwell fought legally for the right to allow Hair Braiders and Sisterlock Consultants not to be required to obtain a cosmetology license to perform African textured natural hair care service in California. Additionally, I will also present information and images on the history of African American “Natural African Textured Hair” style images and styling practices that date back to Africa, and its progression throughout slavery until current times. My project mission is to bring awareness to the fact that institutional discrimination concerning the cultural practice of braiding and/or providing African Textured Natural Hair services (particularly Sisterlocks & Braids) existed in California until 1999. I will reference articles about wearing Braided Natural African Textured Hair and Sisterlock hairstyles positively influence the lives of African American Women, i.e., financial, political, social, and personal. I will also present written commentary, video clips, interviews, and picture images related to how wearing Natural Hair Styles including Sisterlocks can positively impact the self-image African American Women in the workplace, i.e., corporate/military. As well as, provide information on the number of States that have also won African Textured Hair Braids/Sisterlock Court Victories in the United States. My intended audience is anyone interested in gaining insight into the California Sisterlocks court case, styling options and consultant locations. In addition, African American Women who want to own and manage a hair business, or wear their hair in a style that improves the condition of African textured hair instead of damaging it with chemical relaxer products and artificial hair extensions. As well as those people who want to learn more of the history of African and African American old/new hair braiding techniques. Overall, the goal of project is to identify that discrimination existed in California when it came to African American Natural hair practices. As well as, acknowledge that it was indeed an a conflict in America when it came to Hair Braiders and Sisterlock™ practitioners being required to obtain a cosmetology license to provide cultural hair services, and create hairstyles that have operated within homes of African American people for years was a form of institutional discrimination. These services have beneficial to African American hair textures. It is important to me that others understand that African Style Braiding and/or Sisterlocking of African textured hair is I plan to organize and present the information in a digital format including various mediums, i.e., posting court documents, videos, audio image to establish frames of reference I will research issues (challenges/discrimination) that African American slaves experienced with their hair. I will also compare African American slave natural hairstyles with the hair styling techniques prevalent in today’s society. I will explore the irony of African American Natural Hair struggles that exist in America today in compare them to similar struggles experienced by African American women since slavery. I will use MyGoogle maps to reflect the number of Sisterlock practitioners in California, and if I get time create another layer to show the number of states that have Sisterlock Consultants and Trainees. I may also create a timeline to show the history of African American hairstyling techniques since slavery, but will definitely present images. The Word Press theme I have selected is Hyperbole, but I might change it before April 4. The layout will consist of a menu of options to view on the left margin that will allow the visitors to review other related news articles and media, i.e., YouTube videos. I plan to post images/ photographs of Sisterlocks and braided styles. In addition, I want to check library archives Sacramento to check of related newspaper articles and or video clips that have circulated prior to 1999. Bibliography – I plan to include a reference section on the website w/brief annotations Milestones: Feb 19 – Select Theme for Website/Create Block Headers -Done Feb 28 – Confirm images and videos to be included on project site Feb 26 – Complete all research for website, images, and articles March 18 – Post some images to site /rearrange text blocks on site March 21 – Work on website text/content March 25 – 28 – Work on website text/content March 29 – Complete all website text and narratives March 30 – 31 I want to check library archives Sacramento/San Diego to check of related newspaper articles and or video clips that have circulated prior to 1999. March 23 – April 1- Review website text/content April 3 – Ensure at least 70% of content is posted to my project site April 4 – Complete Draft of entire site due April 5 – revise content after feedback April 6 – 20 – update project site as needed April 25 – Present Final Version of site to class Distribution of Labor: I am working alone