Community Enhancement

Community Enhancement

In response to an initiative in the College's A Plan to Foster Diversity: 2004-2009, a Climate Enhancement Award was added to the College of Education 's existing faculty, student and staff awards program. The purpose of the award is to recognize contributions to the pursuit of the College's diversity agenda. The award was drafted and approved by the College of Education 's Faculty Council and the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee in the spring of 2004. The award criteria are as follows:

  • Open to all faculty, staff and students
  • Demonstrates commitment to fostering an environment in which diversity is understood, valued and promoted
  • Demonstrates leadership in the elimination of discrimination
  • through encouragement of understanding among persons of different ethnic origins, races, sexes, age groups, religious heritage, sexual orientation, and disabilities
  • Demonstrates commitment to meeting the special needs of students, faculty, staff and clientele who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups


2011 - 2012 - Robert Clark, Associate Professor in Learning and Performance Systems

2010 - 2011  - Edgar Farmer, Professor in Learning and Performance Systems

2009 - 2010 - Gail Boldt, Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction

2008-09 – Keith Wilson, Professor of Rehabilitation Services, and Paul Datti, doctoral candidate in Counselor Education

2007-08 – Richard Hazler, Professor of Counselor Education, and Eugenio Longoria Saenz, doctoral candidate in Learning and Performance Systems

2006-07 – Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction

2005-06 – Maria Schmidt, Assistant Dean of Multicultural Programs

For more information, and how to apply for the Climate Enhancement Award, please visit the College's awards page.

Each academic year, the College of Education purchases tickets to performing arts events on campus and distributes them, via a random lottery system, to students, faculty, and staff members. The purpose of this program is to provide a valuable shared experience that will increase our collective knowledge about and appreciation for the arts.

For each performance, twenty student tickets and ten faculty/staff tickets are distributed. Tickets are underwritten by contributions to the College of Education 's annual fund drive. We thank our benefactors for making this program possible.

Current performance selections for the Arts-in-Education initiative include:


  • Jazz at Lincoln Center/Wynton Marsalis (Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Hubbard Street Dance Company (Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Kodo (Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma: 3 Virtuosos (Monday, March 30, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • King Henry V (Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.)