Tyrone Howard Honored with UW’s Distinguished Graduate Award

Pritzker chair and founder/director of UCLA's Black Male Institute recognized by alma mater for scholarship on race, culture, and equity in education.

Tyrone Howard, director of the UCLA Black Male Institute and the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Children and Families, has been honored with the University of Washington College of Education 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award. Established in 1986, the Distinguished Graduate Award annually recognizes a College of Education graduate of marked distinction.

Best known for his scholarship on race, culture, and education, Professor Howard is one of the nation’s top scholars on educational equity, the African American educational experience, and urban schools. He has written extensively on topics including social and political contexts of schools, race and education, and culturally responsive pedagogy for numerous journals, book chapters, and publications. He has also been a contributor on National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Educational Issues Forum, and more.

Throughout his career, Howard has been recognized with numerous awards both within and outside of the UCLA community. In particular, he was the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the University. In 2017 he was named an AERA Fellow and awarded a lifetime achievement award for exemplary research on diversity by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s most prestigious educational research organization.

Howard earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1998; his master’s degree in education at CSU Dominguez Hills in 1994; and his bachelor’s degree in economics at UC Irvine in 1990. Prior to his tenure at UCLA, he was a faculty member at the College of Education at The Ohio State University.

Last year, Howard was selected as the inaugural Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families, to lead the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. The center is an interdisciplinary projectfocused on young people who are disconnected from traditional pathways to educational and career success, with an emphasis on foster youth.

In 2016, Professor Howard completed the Counter Narratives Project, a study focused on the success and achievement of young Black and Latino Males in Los Angeles County. The study, which utilized interviews and observations with more than 200 Black and Latino Males attending urban high schools, seeks to change negative narratives of young men of color with anecdotes and data on their academic, personal, and professional success.

In 2008, Howard founded the Black Male Institute, a research cohort of UCLA Ed & IS. Projects led by the BMI focus on issues of education for young men of color.