Social Justice in Education Award
Social Justice in Education Award
Social Justice in Education Award

2021 Award Recipient  

Sharon Fries-Britt
University of Maryland

Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt is Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.  Her pioneering work on high achieving Black students has influenced the leadership and practice of social justice across many campuses in the United States. She has also been lauded by her colleagues for her courage and resilience in her ability to influence leaders in systemic systems of power and privilege. Moreover, Dr. Fries-Britt has been recognized as one of the leading voices on equity and inclusion in the sciences. Her scholarship brilliantly engages multiple constituencies from government agencies, to foundations, and to national organizations in advancing social justice by addressing some of higher education’s most challenging problems. – building capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion, increasing success for students and faculty of color, and improving campus racial climate.

Established in 2004, the Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice. The winner of the award will be invited to give the Social Justice Lecture at the following Annual Meeting. The AERA Social Justice Committee is charged by AERA Council with serving as the selection committee for this award.         

Past Recipients

2020 - David Stovall
2019 - James L. Moore III
2018 - Sylvia Hurtado
2017 - Estela Mara Bensimon
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 
Call for Award Nominations

Deadline: December 1, 2021. Outstanding Book Award nominations due November 17, 2021.

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