If you’ve been walking around the Wright education building, you’ve likely seen some new banners adorning the light posts. These banners honor just some of our late illustrious alumni who made important contributions to the world of education. We remember and honor them for their many accomplishments.
"The new alumni light pole banners are a great addition to the School of Education to highlight alumni from diverse backgrounds and also individuals who were the first,” said Tina O’Neal, Clinical Assistant Professor and chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. “I am especially excited to see Martha Dawson and Elder Watson Diggs as I enter the building each day. Both of them were trailblazers during their time and have created paths and open doors for other African Americans to follow."
Corazon Baldos was a Professor in the College of Education and Commerce in the University of the East in Manila. She escaped death 3 times during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. Baldos was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1949 and came to the U.S. to study at Eastern Kentucky State College. She received her doctorate in educational psychology in 1956 from the IU School of Education.
Martha Bernal was the first person of Mexican descent to receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the United States. After earning her doctorate at the IU School of Education, Bernal went on to a U.S. Public Health Service Postdoctoral Fellowship, and completed research training in human psychophysiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Health Sciences Center. In 1966, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) gave her a grant to establish a laboratory to study orienting responses and classical conditioning in autistic children.
Mark Caress was superintendent of Crawfordsville Community Schools from 1959 to 1965. During that time, he was also president of the Association of School Superintendents before working as a president of First National Bank for 25 years.