Prof. LoCasale-Crouch Nominated for John T. Casteen Leadership Award
Dr. Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch has always focused her work on serving the greater good. That’s why it was no surprise to her colleagues at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning when she was recently nominated for the John T. Casteen Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award. The award, which is given out annually to one faculty member and one student at the University of Virginia, highlights an individual’s deep commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in their work and their own community.
For the past several years LoCasale-Crouch, a research assistant professor at the Curry School of Education, has been working with the World Bank to improve the educational experiences of young children in countries like Kyrgystan, Brazil, and Ecuador. Closer to home, LoCasale-Crouch has a strong record of mentoring international graduate students who are often spending several years far away from home to pursue their degrees.
LoCasale-Crouch says she was deeply touched by the nomination. “To know that the nomination came from the students I’ve worked with over the past several years, that they recognized my commitment to making their journey here at UVA the best one possible, means the world to me.”
Pilar Alamos, a graduate student at the Curry School of Education from Chile, shares that faculty like LoCasale-Crouch make a big difference for international students. “Dr. LoCasale-Crouch’s actions, her willingness to listen to ideas and check in with you to see how things are going, convey the message that she genuinely cares and is aware of you.” Alamos says that she and a number of her peers felt LoCasale-Crouch was a perfect candidate for the award.
In addition to her work at the University of Virginia, LoCasale-Crouch is also an active member in her community, volunteering at multiple organizations in the area and spearheading community service projects for her peers at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.
A total of 17 nominations were received this year for the John T. Casteen Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award. This year’s awards went to student Attiya Latif and faculty Randy Canterbury.