Brayboy receives Rosa Parks Award for work and research in indigenous education


Erik Ketcherside

Bryan Brayboy has been named a winner of the 2017 Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. Brayboy, an affiliated faculty member of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation in ASU’s School of Social Transformation.

A member of the Lumbee Nation, Brayboy is co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. His research focuses on the experiences of indigenous students, staff and faculty in institutions of higher education, indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous research methodologies.

The AAAED Rosa Parks Award recognizes individuals who serve as role models and leaders through personal achievement; excellence in a chosen field; commitment to human, civil rights and social issues; and contributions to the betterment of society. Also receiving the Rosa Parks Award for 2017 is Kenja Hassan, Director of Cultural Relations and Special Projects for the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Brayboy and Hassan will be honored at the AAAED Annual Conference in June.

AAAED selected Brayboy for the award in recognition of his border-spanning work on behalf of native peoples education. “In the last 15 years,” the AAAED noted, “[Brayboy] and his team have created programs in Alaska, Arizona and Utah that have prepared more than 125 indigenous teachers, most of whom are still teaching in Indian Country.

Previous winners of the Rosa Parks Award include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Ruby Bridges Hall, founder of the Ruby Bridges Foundation. Hall was one of the four black children who helped desegregate the New Orleans public schools in 1960.

Founded in 1974, AAAED is a national nonprofit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity. AAAED has more than 40 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. AAAED promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.