Three School of Education Alumni will be among those honored at the UWM Alumni Association Awards Oct. 7. Reuben Harpole (BS Education `78, Honorary PhD of Humane Letters `05) will receive the Association’s Community Service Award. Nikiya Harris Dodd (BS Community Education ’01, MS Administrative Leadership ‘07) and Nicholas Hartlep (PhD Urban Education, ’12) will receive GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) awards.
Reuben Harpole is highly respected in Milwaukee for his unparalleled contributions as mentor to countless inner city youth and their families. Reuben and his wife, Mildred, have dedicated themselves to the advancement of teaching and learning in the Milwaukee community for more than 50 years. Those decades have seen the Harpoles contribute to the founding of more than 25 community centers and programs that promote education as the ultimate equalizer among young people. Since 2007, the Reuben J. Harpole Jr. Education Scholarship at UWM has invested $19,000 in the college education of young black men interested in teaching. Reuben and Mildred Harpole received the first Distinguished Educator of the Year award at the Celebrate Teachers and Teaching event in October 2015.
Nikiya Harris Dodd is a Wisconsin State Senator. Harris Dodd was raised in foster care and by her grandmother, and took custody of her three youngest siblings following her mother’s death. She was elected to the Milwaukee County Board in 2010. Two years later, she won a seat in the Wisconsin State Senate.
Nicholas Hartlep is an assistant professor of Educational Foundations at Illinois State University. In addition to producing valuable research about minority students’ experiences in K-12, he mentors minority students at the university and doctoral students through the American Education Research Association and the American Educational Studies Association. Illinois State recently awarded him the University Research Initiative Award. Also, Winona State University, where he did his undergraduate work, honored him with the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
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