The Social Justice Award was established in 1986 by psychology alumna Lynn Friedman Kessler to recognize demonstrated concern for and commitment to the furtherance of social justice.
At Fielding Graduate University, social justice is the commitment to understanding, analyzing, and acting to reduce inequity, oppression and social stratification, recognizing the linkages between economics, social and ecological justice.
The hope is that the action for which the award is conferred will provide exemplary models of commitment to social justice for Fielding Graduate University and its members. The award is granted through the Office of the President and ia demonstrative of one of our core values, reducing the many forms of inequality.
The Fielding Graduate University Social Justice Award is given each year, one award to a Fielding student and/or alumni, and another will be made to a Fielding faculty and/or staff member.
This evening, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the University Club in San Francisco, CA, President Katrina Rogers is awarding the Fielding Graduate University Social Justice Award to James A. Banks in recognition for his exemplary commitment to social justice work through his extensive work in multicultural education.
Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington from 2001 to 2006. Banks is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Council for the Social Studies.
He is a specialist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. His books include Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies; Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching; Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society; and Race, Culture, and Education: The Selected Works of James A. Banks. Banks is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education; The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education; Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives; and the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, published in 2012 by Sage in both hard and electronic editions.
Banks is also the editor of the Multicultural Education Series of books published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. There are now 52 published books in this Series; others are in development. Banks is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, Banks was a Spencer Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. In 2007 he was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2010, a Visiting Professor at the Minzu University of China in 2011 (in Beijing), and a Visiting Professor at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China in 2012.
He holds honorary doctorates from the Bank Street College of Education (New York), the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, DePaul University, Lewis and Clark College, and Grinnell College and is a recipient of the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. In 2005, Banks delivered the 29th Annual Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington, the highest honor given to a professor at the University.
Research by Banks on how educational institutions can improve race and ethnic relations has greatly influenced schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and the world. Banks has given lectures on citizenship education and diversity in many different nations, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, and New Zealand. His books have been translated into Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Turkish.
Past recipients include:
- Paolo Friere
- Jan Hively
- Valerie Bentz
- Jodie Morrow
- Peter Park
- Jodie Veroff
- Argentine Craig
- Leonard Baca
- Cathy Royal
- Christine Ho
- Pat Kilby-Robb
- Isidro Ruby
- Susan Cortez
- Judy Colemans
- Susan Ferrant
- Susan Taira
For more information about social justice work at Fielding: http://www.fielding.edu/whyFielding/social-justice