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  • May 2, 2016
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Ena Vazquez-Nutall Distinguished Alumni Award

Shriberg_232x196On April 22, 2016, School of Education Professor David Shriberg became the inaugural recipient of the Ena Vazquez-Nuttall Distinguished Alumni Award, an award presented by the school psychology program at Northeastern University.  The award recognizes the achievements of school psychology alumni who have made sustained contributions during their school psychology career to the public good by means of practice, research, training, or advocacy for social justice and multicultural awareness. Congratulations, Dr. Shriberg!

This award was created in honor of Dr. Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, who passed away in 2011. Dr. Vazquez-Nuttall was a giant in multicultural psychology and the founder of the school psychology doctoral programs at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Northeastern University. Amongst her many honors included lifetime achievement and/or Presidential awards from the American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, National Latino Psychological Association, and the Massachusetts School Psychology Association.

As a graduate student at Northeastern, Dr. Shriberg was fortunate enough to work for Dr. Vazquez-Nuttall—who was then the Dean of the Graduate School—for several years as her graduate assistant. Dr. Vazquez-Nuttall was also Dr. Shriberg’s dissertation chair and his closest and most valued professional mentor until her death. In comments made to a conference of students, faculty and practitioners at Northeastern University, Dr. Shriberg said,

There was no more generous mentor than Ena. Time and time again she crossed cultural and professional boundaries to provide support and guidance for generations of psychology students, professors, and practitioners. I do not presume that I will ever win another award, but if I do I cannot imagine an award that would be more personally meaningful than an award that bears Ena’s name. I miss her dearly and promise to do my utmost to live up to her example and legacy.