By Special to the Daily World
BOSTON — Road Scholar has awarded the Road Scholar Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning to Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Ph.D. The award provides $5,000 toward a learning adventure offered by not-for-profit Road Scholar, and honors the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian, psychologist and advocate for learning through travel. Kathy Taylor, associate vice president at Road Scholar, presented the award on behalf of Road Scholar and the Hilliard family during the National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) Annual Conference recently held in New Orleans.
Jackson-Lowman is an associate professor of clinical and community psychology and recent past chair of the Department of Psychology at Florida A&M University. Prior to joining Florida A&M in 1996, she served as executive director of the Mayor’s Commission on Families in Pittsburgh, focusing on the implementation of strategies for reducing the high African- American infant mortality rate, and as co-director of the former Institute for the Black Family at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman’s research interests include using African proverbs as a socialization tool with African-American children; examining the use of proverbs as a tool for value transmission among African-American elders; the relationship between cultural identity, spiritual orientation, and the mental health and psychological functioning of African-American women and factors impacting African- American male-female relationships. She is also interested in multicultural clinical and community intervention methods.
Currently Jackson-Lowman serves as the Southern Regional Representative for the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and has served in various roles within that organization. She is also a board member of the Ujamaa Collective, a women’s cooperative in Pittsburgh, and a certified diplomat and fellow in African-centered psychology. In 2008, she was awarded the Scholarship Award for her research and presentations by ABPsi.
“Education and lifelong learning are crucial to African Americans,” says Jackson-Lowman. “I am thrilled to receive the Road Scholar Hilliard Award. Understanding, respect and compassion must become integral components of education and the lifelong learning processes that we establish for future generations. I look forward to raising awareness about Road Scholar and the importance of lifelong learning throughout our community.”
Road Scholar awards this competitive scholarship annually to an educator with at least 10 years of experience, who is a member of NABSE; a member of Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); is on the faculty of a Historically Black College or University; is a professor of African-American studies; or is a supporter of lifelong learning.
The scholarship provides an opportunity to experience a Road Scholar program anywhere in the world.
“The Road Scholar Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning honors the legacy of a true lifelong learner. Through this award, Road Scholar is delighted to recognize an educator who shares our commitment to promoting lifelong learning,” says James Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar. “We are pleased to recognize Dr. Jackson-Lowman’s longstanding dedication to her field and look forward to welcoming her on a Road Scholar adventure.”
The Asa Grant Hilliard III Road Scholar Award for Lifelong Learning is part of a national outreach initiative to build awareness of Road Scholar’s educational adventures in the African- American community and to promote the benefits of learning through travel. For more information, visit http://www.roadscholar.org/