O’Brien receives prestigious scholar activist award

Dani O’Brien, doctoral candidate, teacher education and school improvement, received the 2018 Scholar Activist & Community Advocacy Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

As one of the largest SIGs, CESJ creates space within AERA to develop, support, and promote scholarship that uses critical frameworks to challenge inequity in schools and society. The Scholar Activist & Community Advocacy Award recognizes a scholar-activist who has made significant contribution to the promotion of social, environmental, racial and/or economic justice or human rights through collaboration with community partners.

The awards committee noted O’Brien’s commitment to justice, equity, and human rights as evidenced by her work as the facilitator of youth-led restorative justice and participatory action research (YPAR) projects, a youth- and community organizer, a leader within multiple educational activist networks, and a founding member of the activist radio collective Education Radio.

She will be recognized at AERA conference in April.

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