Alfonso Montero, a Lewis University Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning doctoral program candidate, was recently named a DFI Fellow by the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program. The Fellowship award provides approximately $10,000 in financial assistance to students of an underrepresented group completing graduate degrees.
“This fellowship will provide me additional support to achieve my career goals of working as a critical transformative educator in an institution of higher education,” said Montero, who currently is a student success specialist at Lewis University while earning his doctoral degree. He plans on using the funds to continue participating in national and international scholarly conferences and research studies.
“Overall, the DFI Fellow Program will provide an additional outlet for helping me grow and succeed during my doctoral studies and beyond as a global citizen in an interconnected, globalized environment, through research, innovation and civic engagement,” added Montero.
The goal of DFI is to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities.
With a critical view and explicit focus on social justice, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program is uniquely designed to prepare leaders to address the most pressing educational, social, moral, and political issues of their neighborhood, community, and society. The program emphasizes research, critical pedagogy, moral philosophy, cultural difference, curriculum theory, global issues, and critical policy issues and assists students to move skillfully between theory, practice, and politics.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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