The School of Education at the College of William and Mary is part of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholar® Program.
Three Holmes Scholar students, Pamela Harris, Marquita Hockaday, and Sharon Kim participated in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Each student presented posters on original research at the conference.
The students benefitted from meeting other Holmes Scholars from participating universities (approximately 50 Scholars attended this year!), meeting the Holmes Alumni group (an additional 50 alums participated), as well as learning about the contributions of AACTE to the field of education.
Holmes Scholars® are high achieving students who are from traditionally under-represented backgrounds pursuing doctoral degrees in education. Scholars are selected based on their achievements and their commitment to equity and diversity. William and Mary Holmes Scholars® enjoy the benefit of mentorship at the collegiate and national level, professional development opportunities, and enriching peer relationships. Through Holmes’® affiliation with AACTE, William and Mary scholars are invited to present their research at the AACTE annual conference as well as participate in the AACTE Holmes Scholars® Summer Policy Institute and the AACTE Day on the Hill.
Professors Ann Shillingford and Jackie Rodriguez, the School of Education faculty sponsors, were Holmes Scholars. They each remarked about the positive benefits of the program.
Professor Shillingford said, “The Holmes scholar program provided the most positive mentoring to me. To be amongst other scholars and professionals with whom I could connect and be myself was most influential to my success and confidence as a professional of color today.”
Professor Rodriguez said, "I found a community of like-minded professionals whom I could also call friends in the Holmes Scholars. The Holmes Scholar program was by and large one of the most impactful academic programs in my graduate career and it provided me with a community of mentors and learners that I eagerly continue to access as an alumnae."
The William and Mary Holmes scholars:
o Elizabeth Auguste
o Ramya Avadhanam
o Keosha Branch
o Pamela Harris
o Diana Hernández
o Marquita Hockaday
o Abbas Javaheri
o Sharon Kim
o Kimberly Rodriguez