Supporting Those Who Support Others: Duquès Scholarship to Promote Social Justice

Trustee and Alumna Dawn Duquès (M.A. '76) and her husband, Ric, (standing far right) with their triplets, their son- and daughters-in-law, and their grandchildren.

For Dr. Dawn Duquès (M.A., ’76) and her husband, Ric, supporting social justice issues has become a family affair.

Two years ago, Dawn and Ric worked with three of their adult children (their triplets) who had decided to launch The Fringe Foundation, a non-profit that awards grants to small social justice organizations fighting for equality in areas including education, civil rights, and immigration. Inspired by this effort, Dawn and Ric committed $100,000 to establish the Duquès Social Justice Scholarship Fund at Teachers College.

“I thought, ‘How can I honor what our kids are doing and at the same time support TC?’” explains Dawn, a member of TC’s Board of Trustees who earned her master’s degree in early childhood education in the College’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching.


Dawn and Ric Duquès

The Duquès’ need-based scholarship will be awarded to students who have an interest in pursuing social change and educational justice in either a school setting or a community organization. The first recipient will be selected for the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Dawn herself was pleased to receive a teaching fellowship at TC that supported her initial graduate studies. She went on to earn an Ed.D. from NOVA Southeastern University and then returned to TC to take their TESOL certificate program.

Over the course of her career, she taught every elementary school grade (including an honors sixth-grade class), directed a pre-school, launched eight after-school programs, ran a school of continuing education, and taught English to speakers of other languages.

At TC, Dawn studied under the late Leslie R. Williams, a force in multicultural and early childhood education. “Leslie made such an impact on all of us! Not only did she have a deep understanding of children and the way in which they learn, but she also had an amazing ability to share this knowledge with her students,” she says of Williams, who died in 2007. She has been a staunch advocate for education—and for TC—ever since.

The Duquès Social Justice Scholarship Fund will give preference to students who have lived and will work in disadvantaged communities. Recipients are eligible for the award for three successive academic years. “We wanted to have this scholarship go toward a support system that will help inner-city children,” Dawn explained.

While the scholarship will enable future leaders in the fields of education, health, and psychology to achieve their professional goals, the emphasis on social justice also will have a ripple effect beyond TC. The scholarship recipients will be impacting the lives of countless families in New York City’s neediest neighborhoods and beyond.

“But our support of TC is not merely motivated by its important impact on New York City’s poorest neighborhoods.” Dr. Duquès emphasized. “TC’s vital and extensive work has an impact on education and quality of life, throughout the City, throughout the United States, and throughout the world. We want to support that.”  

Mariko Thompson Beck

 

Published Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Supporting Those Who Support Others: Duquès Scholarship to Promote Social Justice

Trustee and Alumna Dawn Duquès (M.A. '76) and her husband, Ric, (standing far right) with their triplets, their son- and daughters-in-law, and their grandchildren.

For Dr. Dawn Duquès (M.A., ’76) and her husband, Ric, supporting social justice issues has become a family affair.

Two years ago, Dawn and Ric worked with three of their adult children (their triplets) who had decided to launch The Fringe Foundation, a non-profit that awards grants to small social justice organizations fighting for equality in areas including education, civil rights, and immigration. Inspired by this effort, Dawn and Ric committed $100,000 to establish the Duquès Social Justice Scholarship Fund at Teachers College.

“I thought, ‘How can I honor what our kids are doing and at the same time support TC?’” explains Dawn, a member of TC’s Board of Trustees who earned her master’s degree in early childhood education in the College’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching.


Dawn and Ric Duquès

The Duquès’ need-based scholarship will be awarded to students who have an interest in pursuing social change and educational justice in either a school setting or a community organization. The first recipient will be selected for the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Dawn herself was pleased to receive a teaching fellowship at TC that supported her initial graduate studies. She went on to earn an Ed.D. from NOVA Southeastern University and then returned to TC to take their TESOL certificate program.

Over the course of her career, she taught every elementary school grade (including an honors sixth-grade class), directed a pre-school, launched eight after-school programs, ran a school of continuing education, and taught English to speakers of other languages.

At TC, Dawn studied under the late Leslie R. Williams, a force in multicultural and early childhood education. “Leslie made such an impact on all of us! Not only did she have a deep understanding of children and the way in which they learn, but she also had an amazing ability to share this knowledge with her students,” she says of Williams, who died in 2007. She has been a staunch advocate for education—and for TC—ever since.

The Duquès Social Justice Scholarship Fund will give preference to students who have lived and will work in disadvantaged communities. Recipients are eligible for the award for three successive academic years. “We wanted to have this scholarship go toward a support system that will help inner-city children,” Dawn explained.

While the scholarship will enable future leaders in the fields of education, health, and psychology to achieve their professional goals, the emphasis on social justice also will have a ripple effect beyond TC. The scholarship recipients will be impacting the lives of countless families in New York City’s neediest neighborhoods and beyond.

“But our support of TC is not merely motivated by its important impact on New York City’s poorest neighborhoods.” Dr. Duquès emphasized. “TC’s vital and extensive work has an impact on education and quality of life, throughout the City, throughout the United States, and throughout the world. We want to support that.”  

Mariko Thompson Beck

 

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