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ISU's Lee Receives Prestigious Award

Robert Lee, director of the  Illinois State University Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline Programs and  Partnerships, has been named the 2012 David Strand Diversity Achievement Award  recipient. 

Lee is the 19th recipient of the award, which was established and endowed by  President Emeritus David Strand to honor a faculty or staff member whose  efforts result in heightened sensitivity to diversity on campus.

Lee will be honored  at the Founders Day Convocation and will receive a check and his name on the  Strand Diversity Achievement Award plaque on the Wall of Fame in the Bone  Student Center.

Prior to joining  Illinois State’s College of Education, Lee was program director for the Global  Educators Outreach at DePaul University and program director for the Effective  Teacher Network Program at the DePaul Center for Urban Education in partnership  with Chicago Public Schools and the Office of Language and Cultural Education.

At Illinois State, Lee  launched or assisted with the launch of many programs and initiatives,  including STEP-UP: Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation; PARTNER:  Professional Articulation for Recruiting/Retaining Teachers for Neighborhood  Engagement and Renewal; Engaging the Urban Community: The Importance of  Understanding Cultural Contexts for Effective Classroom Management in Latino  and African-American Schools; Education in the New Millennium: Experiential  Learning, Language Development and Connected Community Engagements in Little  Village and Michoacan, Mexico; and the Chrysalis Summer Bridge: Paving the Road  and Enhancing College Access, Preparation and Persistence for Traditionally  Underrepresented Students.

Lee also administers  the Course Development Grant Program, which offers monetary assistance to  faculty to transform an existing course into a class that better prepares  students to work in underserved communities. To date, 49 courses across 19  disciplines have been redesigned.

Lee has received more  than $8.4 million in federal grants to support the Chicago Teacher Education  Pipeline and $1.2 million in state grants for the Grow Your Own Consortium,  Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and STEM  programs.  He also has received National  Science Foundation and State Farm Companies Foundation support for his program  initiatives.

In a nomination  letter, Lee was praised for “playing an instrumental role in providing  oversight to major programs that involve the preparation of Chicago Public  Schools students for careers in education.” Another nominator outlined Lee’s  “strong urban presence for Illinois State in Chicago’s Little Village  neighborhood, which is a Hispanic community” along with his “excellent  reputation with principals and administrators” and his “complete devotion to  multiculturalism.”

Another nominator  wrote about Lee’s “vision and leadership substantiating what was really only an  idea of a pipeline through the hard, slow work of fostering relationships with  teachers, students and administrators in the Chicago Public Schools and around  the other pipeline neighborhoods.”

Past recipients of  the Strand Diversity Achievement Award are Alison Bailey, Nancy Tolson,  Christopher Horvath, Kim Pereira, Marilyn Boyd, Maria Canabal, Madeleine Hoss,  Ming-Gon John Lian, Maura Toro-Morn, Louis Perez, Ron Strickland, Julia Visor,  Savario Mungo, Paula Ressler, Ronald Swan, Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Rick Lewis and  Beverly Nance.

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