Thanks to a grant from the Dean's Innovation Fund, established in 2020 through a gift from the Jennings family, middle-schools students from Newport News Public Schools gathered on the W&M campus for a week-long camp to explore engineering design challenges. The camp is designed to inspire an interest in the STEM fields among students from underrepresented backgrounds and prepare them to work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
This year, six doctoral students in the W&M School of Education were selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program based on their achievements and their commitment to diversity and equity.
Erica Wiborg joins W&M as a visiting assistant professor in the Higher Education program. Her research interests include college access and inequity in leadership learning and teaching, critical race theory and whiteness in leadership, critical leadership pedagogy, and college student leadership development, including identity, capacity, efficacy, emotional intelligence, and spirituality.
Denita Hudson joins W&M as a clinical assistant professor in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include best practice in online pedagogy, neuro-counseling focused on anxiety, generational trauma in African American families, Global Counseling, Advocacy and Leadership for Diversity Equality and Inclusion in Higher Education.
Critical Race Theory has garnered widespread attention and been highly politicized in recent months. The faculty in the School of Education collected resources to help educators and families better understand the theory.
Coralis Solomon joins W&M as a clinical assistant professor in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include using self-compassion interventions to prevent emotional burnout in teachers and increase emotional resilience to address racial battle fatigue for teachers of color in the schools.