Three candidates in SOE’s doctoral program in educational leadership for social justice were honored on November 12 at the Barbara Jackson Scholars Recognition Ceremony, which took place at the 2021 annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in Columbus, Ohio.
Antonio Felix M.A. ’07 ’09, Ed.D. ’22; Brandi Avila Ed.D ‘23; and Claire Ramirez Ed.D. ‘23 were feted for their selection by the Jackson Scholars Program. The UCEA created the program in 2003 to provide formal networking, mentoring, and professional development for graduate students of color who intend to pursue a career in educational leadership. ”Through this effort, UCEA facilitated the development of a pipeline of faculty and graduate students of color in the field of educational leadership,” says SOE dean Michelle D. Young, who served as executive director of the UCEA from 2000 to 2019. ”All of us benefit when there is true representation within our ranks, and I’m so proud of our three candidates who’ve become part of this important network.”
At the convention, Felix presented a research paper titled ”Going the Distance: Testimonios of Latino/a Catholic School Teachers in Underresourced Urban Catholic Schools.” Felix serves as director of two of SOE‘s teacher preparation programs, Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers (CAST) and the Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education Corps (PLACE Corps).
Other SOE participants and presenters at the UCEA convention include Elvira Armas, Linda Kaminski, Magaly Lavadenz, Martha McCarthy, Manuel Ponce, Elizabeth Reilly, Linda Tillman, and Dean Young.