College of Education and Human Development
Dr. Kevin Clark to Be Awarded Inaugural Presidential Medal
May 8, 2017
The College of Education and Human Development’s Dr. Kevin Clark will be awarded the university’s first Alcalde Family Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. Mason’s president, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, will present Dr. Clark with this medal on May 20 at the university’s Commencement ceremony. This newly-created award honors a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion within the Mason community and beyond. Dr. Clark will share this inaugural recognition with Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Clark is a full professor in CEHD’s Learning Technologies Division and is the founding director of the Center for Digital Media, Innovation, and Diversity. He has been on the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development since 2000. Dr. Clark’s research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education, broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines, and issues of diversity in children's media. He has presented his research findings and provided his expertise on panels nationally, including on Capitol Hill and at the White House last year. Dr. Clark was named a White House STEM Access Champion of Change in 2014 for his work to "support and accelerate STEM opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities." His latest publication, Practical Applications of Technology as a Key to Reducing the Digital Divide Among African-American Youth, appeared in the Journal of Children and Media.
A core strength of George Mason University is its commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse community. Mason is dedicated to protecting the rights of its community members to seek truth and express their views. Dr. Clark’s work, research, and achievements help to advance these principles, and CEHD congratulates Dr. Clark on this well-deserved recognition.