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Professor honored for equity leadership

February 07, 2018

  • Dawn Montgomery
    Copyright, Steve Hambuchen

Dawn Montgomery, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and director of the educational administration program, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators’ (OALA) Tom Ruhl Ally award.

The award is presented to Latinos or non-Latinos who have exhibited leadership in the areas of equity and cultural competence. Nominees must have demonstrated strong mentorship and role modeling for practicing and aspiring Latino/a educators and administrators and been active in addressing critical Latino issues within the community.

Mollie Galloway, associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership, enthusiastically supports Professor Montgomery’s OALA recognition.

“In the last two years, Dawn has developed and co-taught a new Coaching for Equity course, where teacher leaders learn to apply theory and practical tools to identify and counter inequities in their classrooms, schools/districts, and broader communities,” shares Galloway. “Dawn’s deep roots in educator communities across the state, coupled with her unwavering commitment to preparing educators to lead for democracy, justice, and compassion in a complex and changing educational landscape, make her an excellent choice for the Ally award.”

Bringing things full-circle, she adds: “Dawn was hooded at her doctoral commencement ceremony by Tom Ruhl. She embodies his spirit, his heart, and his belief in the humanity, goodness, and value of every human life.”


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