Lewis & Clark Graduate School Commencement: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Lewis & Clark is a tobacco-free, smoke-free, vape-free campus.
Guest Commencement Speaker
Zaretta Hammond attended University of California, Berkeley, and then New York University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in writing. She earned a master’s degree in secondary English education with a concentration in writing instruction at University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also completed a teacher certification program.
Ms. Hammond’s primary work has been linking instruction, equity, and literacy. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at Saint Mary’s College of California teaching adolescent literacy and training tutors and parents in reading support strategies for struggling students of color.
For the past 25-years, Ms. Hammond has maintained a small, independent education consulting practice from which she does research and writing, as well as supporting schools doing deep, instructionally-focused equity work.
Since leaving the classroom, Ms. Hammond has worked as a curriculum designer and professional developer at organizations such as the National Equity Project and the Annenberg Foundation-funded Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a trained facilitator in anti-bias processes and has facilitated groups focused on learning to talk about issues of racial politics and privilege.
Student Commencement Speaker
Jocelin Morales, School Counseling ’20
Jocelin Morales is a first generation graduate degree candidate in School Counseling at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Before enrolling in graduate school, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for 2017-18, leveraging her teaching experience as an English as a second language teacher at a university in Mexico. Jocelin earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Education with Honors from the University of Portland in 2017.
Jocelin has served in the Oregon educational system for several years as a volunteer, mentor, program assistant, student-teacher, teacher, and school counseling intern. Her work has a focus on equity, social justice, and advocacy for students and families who have been historically underserved.
During her graduate studies at Lewis & Clark, Jocelin has been able to intern at the three different grade levels. Through her courses and internships she has partnered in equity-focused, student centered work for the betterment of our education system, addressing inequities and helping students overcome barriers so they can achieve their full potential. Jocelin’s compassionate, open, and affirming demeanor have helped her to establish close and meaningful relationships with students, parents, and staff, at all levels.
After graduating, she aspires to work in a school community where she creates an inclusive,
empowering, equitable, and safe counseling environment for all students. Jocelin wants to
ensure that she addresses academic, career, personal/social development for students.
Through her personal experiences, she values the importance of teaching families and students
about the education system and facilitating the process of navigating it.