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Olson recognized by Eugene Human Rights Commission

Deborah Olson

Deborah Olson from the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences was recognized Jan. 19, 2015 with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission. The ceremony took place at the Shedd Institute in downtown Eugene, the terminus of NAACP Lane County's MLK Day March that began at PK Park. Interim President Scott Coltrane, Interim Provost Frances Bronet, and Vice President for Equity and Includion Alex Assensoh were all in attendance.

Randy Kamphaus, dean of the College of Education, said, "Dr. Olson's mentoring of, and advocacy on behalf of our students serves as a reminder to all of us to never lose our focus on serving students. Her work inspires us all to do better work for others."

Olson's academic work is focused on the intersections of disability, violence, and gender. Those who nominated her cited her encouragement and support of doctoral students, particularly in a new program called Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education; her mentorship and advocacy for students of color; and her efforts to promote social justice in the department.