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CSSE students and faculty receive awards

Congratulations to Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education students Spirit Dine’tah Brooks, Matthew Graham and Nadia Raza, graduates Courtney Rath and Leilani Sabzalian, and Director Lisa Mazzei, all of whom recently received notification of awards for their accomplishments.

Madam Dr. President: COE awards first doctorate in new program

The first graduate of a new doctoral program doesn’t get any special treatment. There are no balloons. No lifelong discount at Starbucks. No duets with Tony Bennett. They don’t get to wear sequined, James Brown-inspired regalia at Commencement. No, planting a flag in new academic territory at a particular institution usually has to be enough. In Carla McNelly’s case, however, she got a bonus from her family in the form of a cheeky new title: "Madam Dr. President." After being elected president of SEIU Local 085 in April, then completing her PhD in May, it only seemed fitting.

Doctoral student wins Spencer Fellowship

University of Oregon doctoral student Leilani Sabzalian was pleasantly surprised when she discovered she was one of 30 students from a pool of more than 400 to receive a 2014 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her field study of an urban Native American education program in Oregon.

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