Equity Summit: Social Justice Award Recipients for 2015-2016

The UC Davis Equity Task Force received an unprecedented number of applications this year for the Social Justice Celebration. The applicant pool was astounding. In the end, the committee could only choose seven recipients. These individuals represent the breadth and depth of equity—both personally and professionally.

Award for Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice

Roneka Muhammed

Roneka Muhammed

Roneka Muhammed is a graduate student in the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Roneka is also a supervising registered nurse at Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility for the California Prison Health-care System in Folsom, California. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, East Bay.

LaShawn R. Chatmon

LaShawn R. Chatmon

LaShawn R. Chatmon has served as executive director of the National Equity Project since 2007. Prior to that role, LaShawn served as the director of the Oakland High School Redesign Initiative for seven years. A California native and recipient of public school education, LaShawn earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in political science and her master’s in teaching from Brown University.

Award for Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice

Dr. Leilani Kupo

Dr. Leilani Kupo

Dr. Leilani Kupo is the director of the UC Davis Women’s Resource and Research Center. Her research interests include educational access, intersectional identity development, gender equity and indigenous knowledge systems. She obtained her doctorate in higher education from Bowling Green State and her master’s in education in counseling psychology/college student personnel from James Madison University.

Dr. Patrick Camangian

Dr. Patrick Camangian

Dr. Patrick Camangian is an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department and co-director of the Urban Education and Social Justice Credential and Master’s program at the University of San Francisco. He has been an English teacher since 1999, beginning in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he was awarded "Most Inspirational Teacher" by former mayor Richard Riordan and the school's student body. He obtained his doctorate in Urban Schooling at UCLA.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Embodying Equity and Diversity

Herb Kohl

Herb Kohl

Herb Kohl is an activist and educator most notably known for his advocacy of progressive alternative education. He is an author of more than 30 books on education, founded the Open School movement and is credited with coining the term “open classroom.” He has a master’s degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied philosophy and mathematics.

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. Dr. Noguera received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and history and a teaching credential from Brown University, his master’s degree in sociology from Brown, and his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sandi Redenbach

Sandi Redenbach

Sandi Redenbach is a sought-after educator, national consultant and community leader with a hearty background in brain research, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, alternative education, classroom discipline and programs for at-risk students. Sandi has a bachelor’s degree in humanities: English and fine arts, a secondary/elementary teaching credential from UC Davis, and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s College.

Review Committee for the Social Justice Awards

  • David Acosta, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion, UC Davis Health System;
Senior Associate Dean, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion;
Health Sciences Clinical Professor,
UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Vickie Gomez, Ed.D., Director, Campus and Student Community Engagement; Diversity Program Coordinator and Early Resolution Discrimination Coordinator, UC Davis Offices of the Chancellor, Campus Community Relations
  • Nathan Ellstrand, Office Coordinator, UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
  • Kawami Evans, Ed.D., Associate Director, UC Davis Center for African Diaspora Student Success
  • Vajra Watson, Ed.D., UC Davis Director of Research and Policy for Equity; Founder, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)