Social Justice in Education Award
Social Justice in Education Award


2017 Recipient

Estela Mara Bensimon
University of Southern California

Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon is professor of higher education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and director and founder of the USC Center for Urban Education. She has had an extraordinary impact on social justice by producing research that focuses on issues of racial equity in higher education from the perspective of organizational learning and sociocultural practice theories. She invented the Equity Scorecard, a tool to gauge how well colleges are doing with regard to racial and ethnic diversity, and what they should do for undergraduate students of color. Dr. Bensimon’s research and scholarship influence how educators and policy makers think about and address issues of institutionalized racism and racial equity in education.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the 40th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the 30th anniversary of the Lau v. Nichols decision, the Social Justice Action Committee launches a new award—the Social Justice in Education Award—and invites nominations of individuals who have advanced social justice through education research. The recipient of the award should exemplify the goal of linking education research to social justice.             

Past Recipients

2016 - Kevin Kumashiro
2015 - Gloria J. Ladson-Billings
2014 - Michael A. Olivas
2013 - Jeannie Oakes
2012 - Daniel G. Solorzano
2011 - William C. Ayers
2010 - Carl A. Grant
2009 - Christine E. Sleeter
2008 - Sonia Nieto
2007 - Gary A. Orfield
2006 - Gwendolyn C. Baker
2005 - Jacqueline J. Irvine
2004 - James A. Banks 

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