Call for Nominations: 2019 AOCC Kolajo Paul Afolabi Award for Commitment to Educational Justice
The Alumni of Color Conference awards annually an HGSE student who demonstrates through their work commitment to educational justice in the spirit of Kolajo Paul Afolabi. At the moment of his untimely passing in fall 2011, Kolajo Paul Afolabi, Ed.M. ‘10, was a doctoral student who studied higher education -- a devoted friend, partner, and family member and an active member of the HGSE and AOCC community. His particular commitment was to support low-income, first-generation youth in their pursuit of higher education. Kolajo was determined that all young people should have the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college. In his honor, the Kolajo Afolabi Award for Commitment to Educational Justice recognizes the work of a current HGSE student who demonstrates Kolajo's mission to use academia as transformative pursuit for equity and
excellence.

This year's award will go to a student who exemplifies the values of this year's theme, "Homecoming: Past, Present & Future." The award recipient will exhibit strength in at least one of four categories:

1) their work in defining the root causes of systemic oppression and challenging the racial and intersecting injustices that
adversely impact communities of color.
2) their perspectives of identity and/or cultural identities that shed light on issues of injustice in education.
3) their personal/ professional work that dismantles oppressive structures and forges a new legacy through activism.
4) the valuable work they have done that encompass best practices for working with and within communities to improve the educational and life outcomes for ALL students.

Successful nominees may be oriented towards practice/teaching, activism, research, academia, policy, entrepreneurship... they may be found working for justice in single schools, networks, neighborhoods, communities, cities, businesses, nonprofits, organizations, districts, states, systems, or elsewhere.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 15th at 11:59pm.

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