Warner Alumna Wins National ASHE Dissertation of the Year Award

Amalia Dache-GerbinoWarner School of Education alumna Amalia Dache-Gerbino ‘14 (PhD) was awarded the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2014 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award. She was honored with the award on Nov. 21 at the 39th Annual ASHE Conference that took place in Washington, D.C.
An assistant professor of higher education at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Dache-Gerbino wrote the dissertation, titled “The Labyrinth in the Metropole: A Postcolonial Mixed-Method Study of College Access and Choice,” while completing her doctorate at Warner. With an interest in college access, her dissertation closely examined the structural and institutional factors influencing underrepresentation in postsecondary institutions.
Arriving in the U.S. as a three-year-old Afro-Cuban refugee and being relocated to Rochester, N.Y. with her family in 1981, Dache-Gerbino’s interests in equity and social justice in education stemmed from her transnational experience navigating U.S. culture and education. She has committed her research and scholarly work to being a social and public intellectual that interrogates issues of power, racialization, and college accessibility for low-income Black and Latino populations.
During her graduate study, Dache-Gerbino also served as a program coordinator at The Urban League of Rochester, where she helped broaden the participation of socially and eductionaly marginalized students. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Outstanding Adult Student Award given by the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing (RACCE) Association in recognition of her academic achievement and commitment to education. Additionally, she was the recipient of the TRiO Achiever of the Year from the Association for Equity and Excellence in Education in 2012.  She holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from State University of New York Empire State College and a bachelor’s degree in English from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Dache-Gerbino’s work was chosen among  24 other high-quality studies for the award. Named in memory of Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright, the ASHE Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one or more dissertations that serve as exemplary models of methodology employed. Criterion also include the significance of the dissertation topic. For more about ASHE, click here or visit: http://www.ashe.ws/.
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