Team approach highlighted at GIS conference in Palm Springs

October 12, 2018
Outreach at GIS conference

Steve Steinberg

From top: Outreach's Matt Venegas and Michelle Goyette with Professor Sheila Steinberg at the GIS-Pro and CalGIS 2018 conference (above). Adjunct faculty member Steve Steinberg welcoming conference participants. Esri's Riley Peake, Sophia Garcia from the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Sheila Steinberg.

Professor Sheila Steinberg, adjunct faculty member Steve Steinberg, and Outreach's Matt Venegas and Michelle Goyette emphasized Brandman University's GIS-oriented programs during their participation at the GIS-Pro and CalGIS 2018 conference in Palm Springs, Oct. 9-12.

The conference focuses on educational and community-building and this year, for the first time, was the combined effort of the California Geographic Information Association and four California URISA chapters.

Steve Steinberg, Ph.D., was co-chair for the conference and is the chief geographic information office for Los Angeles County. He adds his real-world experience to Brandman's courses as an adjunct.

GIS, or geographic information system, is, in simple terms, computerized mapping. Brandman equips its graduates with spatial thinking and analysis skills using GIS in the B.A. in Integrated Social Science program and MBA program emphasizing the business intelligence and data analytics.

Sheila Steinberg, Ph.D.; Riley Peake from Esri; and Sophia Garcia, the GIS analyst for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, presented "Integrating GIS Across the Curriculum: A Higher Education Approach."

"Our talk center around the powerful collaborative efforts using GIS between our three organizations. We have really taken a team effort toward working actively to incorporate and expand the use of GIS across the curriculum at the university level and with nonprofits," said Steinberg. "Esri is the global leader in the creation and use of GIS technology. With the Dolores Huerta Foundation, we have collaborated in sharing information through webinars about how GIS can be used in the nonprofit world, and they have provided some real-world influences and examples in that webinar of the power of GIS."

"Learn ArcGIS has been collaborating with Brandman for several years now on a variety of educational initiatives," Peake said, the ArcGIS team lead and a product engineer at Esri. "Our presentation at the CalGIS/GIS Pro forum was the culmination of our work to promote real-world problem solving for understanding the world around us."

"In 2018, Brandman University highlighted the Dolores Huerta Foundations GIS work during a webinar to promote Brandman's new GIS for nonprofits certificate program, and, in 2017, Dr. Steinberg spoke to youth in Kern County about how to integrate GIS concepts into civic education," Garcia said. "Our presentation at CalGIS/GIS Pro highlighted the importance of our cross collaboration and excited the audience about future work to come."

Sheila Steinberg also addressed Brandman’s approach in a talk titled "Problem-Based Location Intelligence: Teaching GIS Across the Curriculum."

Venegas and Goyette met with potential students at a conference booth, sharing information about Brandman's various degree programs using GIS.

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