School of Education's Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) is committed to promoting equity, justice, and intellectual diversity both in the School of Education and the communities we serve.
The DECADE award, given for the first time this year, is designed to recognize a graduate student who is engaged with DECADE in some significant capacity, leading or coordinating major efforts that align with the SoE DECADE mission, which is to increase the recruitment, retention, and post-graduate success of diverse students pursuing doctoral degrees.
This year's award winner is Diana Gamez, Diana's academic interests explores the relationship between schools and prisons as mitigated by the racialization processes upon Mexican and Central American youth in Southern California. In considering her research interests and her previous work, she approached the space that DECADE provided as a space to start conversations about the importance of equity and justice for students of color. Diana has contributed to the discussions that have taken place within SoE DECADE as well as coordinating and organizing DECADE's efforts at this year's graduate recruitment weekend. These efforts included organizing the DECADE round tables, as well as recruiting faculty and facilitating the Equity and Social Justice panel during recruitment weekend.