June 2005 -
League of Their Own

Excellence in Teaching Award

Mae HendersonMae Henderson

Department: Women Studies

Courses Taught: Race, Class and Gender; African American and Native American Women; History of Afro-American Women and the Feminist Movement

Achievements: Henderson, a doctoral candidate in women studies, is the first in her family to attend college. As a single parent, Henderson is known for her drive and dedication in her teaching. She challenges herself and her students with open discussion of discrimination and racial stereotypes, despite possible obstacles and resistance that may keep others from teaching the same material. Absorbing the energy of their teacher, students say they leave her courses with a questioning, open mind and an empowered voice to support the rights of less privileged persons.

Quote: "[This class] really became a source of light for all of us. I am anxious to start my life after college and I'm so blessed to have ended it with this experience. I have so much to take with me and so much to give back." -Josie Gomez, '03

Degrees: B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2000