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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Blenda J. Wilson Diversity Award

Blenda J. WilsonExcellence Through Innovation

The Blenda J. Wilson Diversity in Education Award

In her six years at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Blenda Wilson was a tireless advocate both for the university and for making it a place where an increasingly diverse student body feels at home. As a woman of color, she brought perspectives that enhanced the community’s thinking on all matters, including those involving gender, race, and ethnicity.

As a living tribute to the unique ideas and contributions that she brought to our campus, the Dean and faculty of the College of Education inaugurated this award as a symbol of her work amongst us. The award is presented each spring to a full-time faculty member from the College of Education who is making, or who has made, a significant impact on the education of students in the college through one or more of the following:

The recipient of this award will receive recognition on the stage at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education Commencement Ceremony and a personally engraved plaque commemorating this honor.

Review of nominations and applications will examine the faculty member’s contributions according to the following criteria:


The contribution of the faculty member is truly unique and/or powerful. For example:


The contribution of the faculty member has influenced many students. For example:


The contribution of the faculty member has a duration beyond the immediate time frame in which the contribution was initially made. For example:


There exists ample/sufficient/significant evidence of the direct impact of the faculty member’s contributions to students in the College of Education. For example:


The work of the faculty member has been recognized by professionals outside of the College of Education. For example:

To apply or nominate an individual,

please submit these items together:

  1. a narrative (500-800 words) describing the nominee’s contributions and impacts in one or more of the areas identified above.
  2. a Letter of Support that can substantiate the nomination from someone other than the nominator.

The Equity and Faculty Affairs Committee representing all departments in the College of Education will make the selection.

Application Deadline TBA

Past Winners