College of Education and Human Development
White House to Honor Kevin Clark as a Champion of Change
February 24, 2014
The White House announced today that Dr. Kevin Clark has been named a "Champion of Change" and will be honored for his work on Wednesday, February 26.
Dr. Clark is director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity and professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He is one of ten individuals who will be honored at the White House event for his innovative approach to creating diversity and access in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
"I am truly humbled and appreciative to receive this award,” said Kevin Clark, Ph.D., who will be joined at the White House by his wife, son, and daughter as well as doctoral student Asia Williams and her husband.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The STEM Access champions, in particular, are notable for their work creating opportunities for young people typically underrepresented in STEM industries. The champions use unconventional approaches to enhance student exposure to STEM, ranging from photography and film, to Hip Hop music, to coding competitions and community-based workshops.
Dr. Clark’s recent activities have focused on the use of video game design to increase interest in STEM careers; the examination of pathways and best practices for increasing diversity in STEM disciplines; and issues of diversity in the design and development of educational media products.
As part of the White House events, Dr. Clark authored a blog post for the Champions of Change website called "Using STEM to Create the Future You Want to See".
In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Clark has extensive experience as a designer and consultant in educational video game design, online and interactive media, and issues of diversity and inclusion in children’s media.
To watch the Champions of Change event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:00 am ET on February 26. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program or to nominate a champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
To read more about Kevin Clark's work:
- $75,000 Grant from Dell Supports STEM Partnership with Arlington Schools
- Diversity in Children's Media is More Than Just Race or Gender
- Penn State News: College of Education Alumnus Recognized by White House as a Champion of Change
George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) includes two schools: the Graduate School of Education, one of the largest teacher preparation and education schools in Virginia, and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. CEHD offers a comprehensive range of degrees, certificates, courses, and licensure programs on campus, online, and on site. The college is distinguished by faculty who encourage new ways of thinking and pioneering research supported by more than $75 million in funding over the past five years.
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