Education Professor Receives Social Justice Award

Aretha Marbley was lauded for her consistent and significant work and dedication to social justice in Texas.

Aretha Marbley serves as an associate professor in the College of Education.

Marbley is a professor in the College of Education.

A Texas Tech professor’s outstanding commitment to promoting social justice through advocacy and teaching led the Texas Counselors for Social Justice to award her the title of Outstanding Counselor Educator Advocate.

Aretha Marbley, a professor in the College of Education, is an activist scholar, with a research focus in multicultural discourse on issues of community and gender social justice, invisibility and silence, marginality, inequities, cultural competencies, ethics and diversity in education.

Judy Aycock Simpson, assistant dean for communications for the College of Education, said the awards committee was specifically impressed by Marbley’s consistent and significant work and dedication to social justice in Texas.

“The committee cited her willingness to take a stand against institutions that maintain the status quo of marginalization and oppression, in addition to her service, scholarship, and teaching dedicated to advocacy and social justice qualified her as the recipient of this statewide award,” Simpson said.

The Texas Counseling Association presented Marbley with the award Nov. 10 at its annual conference in Fort Worth.

Marbley also serves the counselor education community as director of community counseling in counselor education at Texas Tech, chair of the American Counseling Association Women Interest Network, Region Six director of the Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education and as a member of a multidisciplinary team investigating the exposure to and transmission of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Vietnam.

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