Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

New Year, New Possibilities

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

New Year, New Possibilities

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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for the tremendous response to my final call for Emerging Scholar nominations on our e-newsletter and website. The response was overwhelming, and we here at Diverse were amazed and inspired by the many strong recommendation letters and outstanding CVs we received. Trying to pick 12 winners from the numerous outstanding candidates nominated was a difficult task, to say the least, but it is our privilege and honor to present to all of you our 2013 Emerging Scholars. I'd like to just give a sampling of some of the exceptional work in which these scholars are engaged.

With degrees from Stanford and Harvard, our cover subject, Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor Luz Herrera, could have likely had any number of plum corporate jobs. Yet, according to Diverse Correspondent Ken Cooper, Herrera has instead "emerged as a national leader on extending 'low bond legal services to working-class people who cannot afford to pay customary rates and don't qualify for free legal aid because they earn too much." The letter nominating Herrera states that she "represents the best of the best for the future of" Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the legal profession as a whole. We agree.

How about Dr. Ivory Toldson over at Howard? Correspondent William Ford reports that he is known "as a certified 'myth buster" intent on dismantling negative stereotypes about Black males. The letter sent to us nominating Toldson as an Emerging Scholar states that he "has accomplished this myth busting by using traditional academic tools, specifically large-scale statistical analysis. In recent years, Dr. Toldson's policy monographs about African-American male academic achievement have been widely circulated and instrumental in shaping federal education policy and school district program interventions:' Like every one of our scholars, Toldson has emerged as a leader in his field, in short order.

The list goes on and on. Dr. Gerardo Dominguez, an assistant professor of physics at California State University San Marcus, is, according to his nomination letter, "the first in his family of first-generation Mexican immigrants to graduate from college" and "he is uniquely able to connect with the students at CSUSM, many of whom are first-generation college students ..."

Or how about Dr. …

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