Every year, the Emerging Scholars edition features a diverse group of rising researchers, thinkers and leaders in various fields. Their credentials and accomplishments distinguish them, but it’s the level of social consciousness among the members of this year’s class that makes them truly excellent.
Whether it’s lending a hand to society’s struggling Black men or training lawyers in Native American law, these scholars use their work to build upon the cornerstones of societal change. Their research represents the fruit of decades of diversity advocacy that has expanded the depth and breadth of knowledge in higher education. These scholars use their specializations to intercede on behalf of our nation’s most vulnerable communities.
The audacity of their hope mirrors that of President Barack Obama, calling on citizens like this group of young crusaders to embody the legacy of service that made many of their careers possible. As you will read, the class of 2010 acknowledges the guidance of mentors that allowed it to imagine deeper and wider. Today, many members of the class do the same to empower others.
As academicians, these scholars are stretching the limits of research, inquiry, technology and public policy to include all peoples while remaining faithful to unraveling the injustices of our society. We applaud the work of these scholars through the vignettes in the following pages.
This year, we increased the class to 12. We invite you to get to know them and their exceptional work: