Assistant Professor Ronald Hallett attending awards ceremony where he was chosen as the faculty recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice award.
School of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Ronald Hallett receives prestigious MLK award at recent ceremony during Black History Month
Dr. Ronald Hallett, after spending a few years as an elementary school teacher in urban areas, became frustrated by the social inequities that created barriers for some of his students. He then decided to pursue an academic career in the hopes of generating research, creating classes for educators, and engaging in service opportunities designed to unearth and confront social barriers that limit educational access. As Director of Creating Opportunities via Education (COVE), he worked with schools, community members and educators to create a summer college access program for under-served students. He has also participated in several research projects focused on improving access to higher education for first generation college students. He is an inclusive change agent who has dedicated many hours of his personal time serving as a writing tutor and mentor, particularly for students in under-served communities. For example, he has worked with organizations serving homeless and undocumented students to address their unique educational needs. In addition to teaching at Pacific, he continues to work with educational leaders and administrators to reconsider the factors that influence students' ability to navigate the educational process and work together to improve access to education on their behalf.