Honors For Educators

A trailblazing educator and a leader in diversity education will be honored by the University of Redlands Center for Educational Justice at its upcoming Summer Institute July 12.

Dorothy Inghram, a 105-year-old pioneer in education, will receive the center’s “Lifetime Achievement in Educational Justice Award.” The University will also announce the creation of a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a student in the School of Education.

Inghram became California’s first black school district superintendent in 1953 when she assumed leadership of the Mill Creek School District. She also was the first African-American teacher in San Bernardino County and its first black principal.

Inghram, an alumna of the classes of 1936 and 1958, studied music at the University on a scholarship and earned a master’s degree in education. She is the author of several books and has been widely recognized for her success in opening doors to area black educators. A public library branch in San Bernardino is named in her honor, as is an elementary school in the city.

Eliseo Davalos, an administrator with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, will receive the inaugural “Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award.”

Davalos has served as the director of student services in the Corona-Norco Unified district for 11 years. He has been a mentor for student cohorts through a program sponsored by the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and is currently in charge of the district’s diversity education programs.

He has helped design and implement student transition programs at the intermediate and high school levels as well as UNITY classes, which bring together those from different backgrounds and experiences, at each of the district’s high schools and alternative school campuses.

His work on diversity issues has resulted in the creation of a three-day district-sponsored diversity camp for high school students; more than 2,000 district high school students and 400 district staff and volunteers have participated in the camp.

The work of these outstanding educators will be showcased during the Summer Institute of the Center for Educational Justice. Workshops and presentations at the one-day event are designed to heighten the awareness of educational justice and the critical issues facing America’s K-12 schools.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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