Dawn Renee Person

Dawn Renee Person

Faculty-in-Residence, CCD

Professor of Educational Leadership
California State University, Fullerton

Dawn Person is Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, Fullerton. She developed and served as Coordinator of the Community College Leadership Specialization for the Educational Doctorate for the past eleven years. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), where she oversees more than twenty evaluation projects and grants with the support and diligent work of student researchers and faculty colleagues. The Center is celebrating ten years of service to eliminate the achievement gap. Her most recent work involves laying the foundation for a national study on African American and Latino men in community college settings.

Dawn has been an independent evaluator since 1990 for state, federal, and foundation agencies. Currently she is an evaluator for various project focused on supporting student agricultural workers and their families, students pursuing the health and other allied health fields, community college students in the UMOJA program, as well as students serviced through two GEAR UP grants at CSUF. Additionally, she has been active with the A2MEND organization in developing a network of scholars and educators engaged in partnerships that initiate effective responses from institutions in meeting the needs of African American men in college. She conducted an evaluation training project in program assessment and evaluation that has led to the revamping and expansion of programs to support student success at three local colleges.

Dawn was part of a team of authors who wrote about the undergraduate experience of students of color attending predominantly white colleges, and she is co-editor of a book on the first-year experience and students of color. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on student retention for African American men, women, and women and student athletes of color. She has written about student cultures in higher education and success factors influencing the retention of students of color in higher education. Recent publications have focused on creating college going cultures in high schools and supplemental instruction in community college settings. She serves as a reviewer for two higher education journals.

Among her many honors and awards, Dawn received the inaugural Diversity in Research Award from CSU Fullerton in 2015, and many years ago she was honored with the American College Personnel Association's Diamond Honoree Award, a lifetime achievement award, as well as the Most Valuable Professor Award at CSU Long Beach. She remains active with the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, American Educational Research Association, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and other professional associations. She resides in Long Beach, California and is the proud mother of two beautiful adult children and two adorable grandchildren.