by David Ogul
Photo by Christine Vaughan
She is a founding director of the Social Justice and Equity Project at Cal State San Marcos, one of many endeavors that led to CSUSM’s Office of Inclusive Excellence. Her ongoing efforts were rewarded with the 2015-16 President’s Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award, and she was the project director for a five- year, $1.75 million federal grant program tasked with developing curriculum to support English learners in public schools.
But ask Dr. Annette Daoud about her biggest accomplishment, and the professor of multicultural/multilingual education at CSUSM’s School of Education doesn’t hesitate: “Preparing future teachers to become change agents,” Daoud said. “The impact I have on K-12 public education is ensuring that teachers who go through our credential program have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be socially just educators who teach all their students equitably. For every one future teacher, I can help become a change agent, she or he will, in turn, impact the 100-plus students they teach each year in our middle and high schools.”
The daughter of Iraqi immigrants, Daoud – who had just earned a psychology degree from UC Irvine – found her passion with the Peace Corps teaching English in a small Moroccan village.
“I realized how much I loved to teach,” said Daoud, who arrived at CSUSM after earning a Ph.D. in Education from UC Santa Barbara in 2002 and who has written credential and certificate programs fort he California Department of Education aimed at training teachers to work effectively with English learners. “I want to collaboratively transform education through a commitment to diversity, equity and social justice.” —Dr. Annette Daoud