2015 winner: Marie Eaton
Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Marie has been at Western since 1975, and has served in both administrative and faculty roles, to include Dean of Fairhaven College, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of the School of Education, and Professor, Woodring College and Fairhaven College. In these roles, Marie has dedicated herself to promoting inclusion and equity.
As an administrator Marie supported policies and initiatives to advance the success of underrepresented students and programs. She has been a significant contributor on the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, contributing to the development of the Taskforce’s strategic plan. Marie was instrumental in forging a vision for the Education for Social Justice minor that is currently offered jointly between the Woodring College of Education and the Fairhaven College for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Marie has supported many students coming from socioeconomically challenged positions, and is an outstanding role model of someone who advocates for social justice. Her scholarly work promotes a deeper understanding of how educational practices can disadvantage people who are outside of the main stream, and includes attention to how issues of diversity play out with respect to power and privilege.