J.B. Mayo receives social justice award
J.B. Mayo, Jr., assistant professor in social studies education (Curriculum and Instruction), was recently awarded the Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Award at the annual meeting of the College University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Mayo was recognized for his conference paper entitled "Native Americans' Acceptance of Diversity: Lessons Learned from the Two Spirit Tradition." In this paper, Mayo calls upon social studies educators and K-12 teachers to encourage more inclusive perspectives/conversations on gender expression, and greater understanding of gender variance among their students. This more nuanced form of social learning may impact a variety of present-day social ills, including the incidence of teen suicide caused by homophobia.
The award is named after the late Dr. Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland, an educator, researcher, and spoken word artist. Dr. Kirkland was an inspiration and role model who strove to meet the needs of underserved and marginalized populations, especially through his work and activism.