2021 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award: Lonnie Alcaraz
The 2021 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award recipient is Lonnie Rafael Alcarz, from the Department of Drama in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Professor Alcaraz served our campus as DECADE Mentor for 8 years – from 2012 to 2020.
Professor Alcaraz’s commitment and impact as DECADE mentor can be felt through classroom and production-related events, and from all levels of the graduate student experience, from recruitment through commencement. He built a feeder program with a prominent Hispanic Serving Institution, resulting in a large number of Hispanic and Latinx students enrolling in the Drama degree programs at UCI.
Professor Alcaraz founded Brown Bag Theatre, UCI’s only Latinx-focused theatre club, which he has used to present work by Latinx writers, built an empowered community among the Latinx Drama students (and their allies), and brought attention to issues surrounding the UCI Latinx community. This work also paved the way for the establishment of three other affinity-based theatre clubs: Theatre Woks (Asian theatre), Black Door (Black theatre), and Brick (LGBTQ+ theatre). He has been a transformative leader on the campus and he is highly deserving of this award.
Congratulations Professor Lonnie Alcaraz for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!
2020 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award: Dr. Sora Han
Dr. Sora Han, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CLS), the School of Law, and the Department of African American Studies, and the Director of the PhD Program in Culture and Theory in the School of Humanities, is the 2020 recipient of the Frances M. Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award. Among her many activities, as DECADE Mentor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, Dr. Han developed programming that impacted students from the undergraduate to graduate level in her department, school, campus, and beyond. For example, in 2015-2016, she received a Graduate Growth Incentive Award to establish a Race and Justice Studies emphasis in CLS as a means of supporting students with these research interests. In 2016-2017, she launched the new emphasis and created a graduate diversity recruitment effort focused on California State University campuses, many of which are Hispanic Serving Institutions. Finally, Dr. Han established a CLS Diversity and Justice speaker series to support junior faculty and doctoral students. The legacy of this transformative work makes Dr. Han highly deserving of this award.
Congratulations Professor Sora Han for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!
2019 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award: Dr. Ann Hironaka
The inaugural awardee of the Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award is Dr. Ann Hironaka, Professor in the Department of Sociology and DECADE Mentor for Sociology since 2011. Dr. Hironaka was nominated by both students and her peers for the extraordinary support she has provided for numerous students as a DECADE Faculty Mentor. Dr. Hironaka has worked tirelessly to institutionalize practices that promote and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities within the academy. Her approach to supporting underrepresented scholars is exhaustive: she provides rich, individualized mentoring to students and junior faculty while serving in leadership positions to develop meaningful institutional interventions.
Congratulations Professor Ann Hironaka for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!