Alumna Wins Top Union Honor in Washington
Doris Reed ’00 MS (labor studies) has been honored with the 2008 JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trade Unionist by the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Council of the AFL-CIO. Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The award was presented at the Council’s 31st Annual Evening with Labor Awards Dinner and Dance on March 22, 2008, at the Hilton Washington Hotel.
Metro Council President Joslyn Williams says, “Doris has been an active member of the Metro Council Executive Board, turning out union members for endorsed-candidate campaigns, participating actively in endorsement interviews, supporting the Council's political initiatives, lobbying for labor in Prince George's County, and working in solidarity with the other school unions. She's also been a strong supporter of the Community Services Agency efforts and has been instrumental in promoting the return of Career and Technical Education with the Prince George's County School Superintendent's Office.”
Reed works closely with another alumnus of the UMass Amherst Labor Studies Union Leadership and Administration master’s degree program. Hugh Weathers ’98 MS is the assistant executive director of ASASP. “Our organization takes great pride in improving the educational process for students by helping members become more effective in their various roles as educational leaders,” says Reed.
The Union Leadership and Administration limited residency master’s degree program at UMass Amherst is unique. Since 1995 this program has made graduate education possible for working men and women who never dreamed of such an opportunity. This innovative program tailored to the needs of working union officers, staff, and activists attracts a diverse group of union and community leaders from across the U.S. and Canada.. It offers a nonresidential degree program allowing trade unionists to study and explore the labor movement from a union perspective. Courses are taught during ten-day sessions in the summer and winter. Students complete a written project upon returning home and a final paper in the last semester of the program. Full-time students typically take classes twice a year for two and a half years, and complete the degree in three years.
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April 3, 2008