Nieto awarded honorary degrees

Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto will receive two honorary degrees this spring: one from Rhode Island College (RIC) and the other from Ottawa University, Canada. RIC President Frank D. Sanchez noted that Nieto was nominated in part because of her commitment to RIC through Dialogue on Diversity, her academic expertise and her research.

Ottawa University’s President Jacques Fremont acknowledged Nieto as “one of the most important international voices for cultural openness and bilingual learning, a distinction” that she earned through her “academic rigour and commitment to the teaching profession.” He also noted that Nieto’s “dedication to diversity, equity and social justice in education has played a major role in shaping a whole generation of teachers and education professionals.”

Nieto will be awarded the honorary degrees at RIC’s 2016-17 spring commencement and at Ottawa’s 2017 convocation.

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