|Raymond Reyes visits with Tracy Ellis-Ward, director of the Unity House & Multicultural Education.
Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.
Raymond Reyes, chief diversity officer and associate academic vice president for Gonzaga University, was honored Saturday, Nov. 7 by the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP with its Educational Excellence Award. The ceremony took place at the organization’s Freedom Fund Banquet at the Northern Quest Pavilion.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Spokane, said it wished to venerate Reyes because of his dedication to his profession as an educator and because of his active opposition to hate. The Spokane Chapter banquet also paid tribute to the national NAACP, which is celebrating 100 years of service to people of color both nationally and internationally.
Reyes is a founding board member of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate.
Also, Reyes delivered the keynote address at the 14th Annual Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color in Higher Education Conference held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Nov. 4-6. The lecture was entitled: “The Sacred Heart of Human Rights Activism: Being Careful with Caring for The Caregivers of Justice.”
The Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate was founded in 1997 to help combat and eliminate hate within the Northwest and eventually the nation. It does this through research, education, and advocacy. Reyes and another founding board member of the Institute, Gonzaga Law School Acting Dean George Critchlow, recently stood up for a North Spokane resident who awoke to a noose on her doorstep in September.
The two wrote an editorial that The Spokesman-Review printed last month, addressing this symbol of hate. Their writing concentrated on preventative measures through education: “Because hate has always been a vigorous and stubborn enemy of human rights, it is useful to know as much as possible about how it takes root and grows,” Reyes said. “It is also important to learn what strategies are most effective in eliminating hatred and treating its effects.”
Visit the following links to view a series of short videos of Reyes discussing why he and Critchlow penned the editorial response.
Prior to his administrative appointment, Reyes was an assistant professor in the School of Education at Gonzaga. He had a joint appointment teaching classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level for the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Administration, Curriculum & Instruction (ACI). For the past several years, as a senior administrator, he has insisted on teaching one class per semester. He has taught graduate leadership classes in the School of Professional Studies. For the College of Arts and Sciences, he has taught undergraduate courses in sociology, religious studies and philosophy. For the School of Business Administration he has taught a graduate seminar for the MBA program on tribal leadership. All of these courses have elements of human rights, equity and justice at heart.
Prior to his faculty appointment, Reyes was director of Gonzaga's Northwest Indian Education Technical Assistance Center Three. The Center provided technical assistance and training to 200 school districts in seven western states. Reyes has been with Gonzaga since academic year 1987-1988.
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