Simpson Center Announces Maurice Dolberry as First Certificate in Public Scholarship Recipient

The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize Maurice Dolberry (Education) as the first UW student to complete the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS). Dolberry, who entered the program in Fall 2011, completed his Certificate this spring, with the guidance of his CPS portfolio advisor Ralina Joseph (Communication).
Over the last year, Dolberry has worked closely with Joseph and fellow CPS student Melanie Hernandez (English) to lay the groundwork for a sustainable partnership between the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) and the graduate and undergraduate sections of the Black Cultural Studies courses Joseph teaches each year. Read more about this collaboration.
In addition to the museum partnership project, Dolberry situates his scholarly interests at the intersection of hip-hop epistemology, critical media literacy, and critical and culturally responsive pedagogy.  He is concerned with informing practice, practitioners, and communities in an effort to reform educational practices that contribute to the disproportionate performances of Black American children in schools.
Before graduate school, he spent three years as a middle school educator and eight years as a high school educator in various roles, including science teacher, math teacher, dean of students, and director of diversity.
Learn more about the Certificate in Public Scholarship—its mission, program requirements, curriculum, fellows, and faculty. 
 
Image: Maurice Dolberry (left) with other CPS students during a meeting of the course, "Scholarship as Public Practice."