College of Education Faculty Member Inducted into Ky. Civil Rights Hall of Fame

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A member of the College of Education faculty at Eastern Kentucky University has been inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Dr. Roger Cleveland, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at EKU, was one of 23 men and women enshrined in ceremonies conducted by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Bowling Green on Thursday, Oct. 16. Among the other inductees was the late Scottie Saltsman, former EKU police officer and law enforcement instructor and supervisor at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training on the Richmond campus.

The Commission “is privileged to honor these great individuals who have dedicated themselves to carrying out the work of human and civil rights,” said Executive Director John J. Johnson.

Thirty-five men and women from across Kentucky were nominated for induction.

Cleveland, who joined the EKU faculty in 2008, is nationally known for his work in the areas of diversity, instructional equity, cultural competency, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture and school improvement planning, among other areas of expertise. He is frequently sought to conduct staff development and workshops for schools and school districts, state educational agencies and universities, and social service agencies.

In 2012, Cleveland was honored by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education as Professor of the Year and was recognized among “Teachers Making a Difference at Eastern Kentucky University.” The following year, he received the P.G. Peeples Equity and Excellence Achievement Award from the Fayette County Equity Council for his work in improving local schools.

Cleveland is the associate director of the BMW Academy at First Baptist Church of Bracktown. The Academy helps African American males prepare for college and careers through classwork, encouragement, supervision and field trips. He has also been actively involved with EKU’s Call Me MISTER Program, which encourages more African American males to dedicate their lives to becoming role models in the field of education.

Gov. Steve Beshear recently reappointed Cleveland to a second two-year term on the Commonwealth’s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council. The council is tasked with making recommendations concerning Kentucky’s system of setting academic standards, assessing learning, holding schools accountable for learning, and assisting schools to improve their performance. It advises the KBE and the Legislative Research Commission on issues related to the development and communication of the academic expectations and core content for assessment, the development and implementation of the statewide assessment and accountability program, the distribution of rewards and imposition of sanctions, and assistance for schools to improve their performance.

Fellow inductee Saltsman was cited for his efforts on behalf of legislation aimed at granting civil rights protections in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to other existing protected classes. Through his work with the Richmond Pow-Wow Association, he also pushed for full recognition and appreciation of Native Americans in Kentucky.

Published on October 17, 2014

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