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Díaz-Lefebvre Selected for AACC Team

Dr. Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of American Association of Community Colleges, has appointed Dr. René Díaz-Lefebvre, GCC Professor of Psychology, to serve as a member of the 21st Century Initiative-Implementation Team (Faculty Engagement & Leadership Development). This small but diverse group of distinguished leaders will expand on the work of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges by focusing on aspects of recommendations from the Commission's recent report, Reclaiming the American Dream.

With a tenure spanning more than three decades at six community colleges, Dr. René Díaz-Lefebvre has received international and national accolades for teaching excellence and innovation in student creative assessment.

Among his honors are a Kellogg Scholarship to Harvard University's Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning; Master Teacher designation by the University of Texas/Austin; 2005 Outstanding Latino Faculty in Higher Education by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and 2012-13 President-elect of the Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education.

He was one of eight professors named Professor of the Year in 2006 by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the first Latino from Arizona to receive this honor.

In the mid-90's, Dr. Díaz-Lefebvre pioneered applying Dr. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences theory at the college level. At GCC, the Multiple Intelligences/Learning for Understanding (MI/LfU) initiative involved 25 faculty members from a dozen disciplines and more than 6000 students and continues in his honors courses. The initiative was the 2005 first place winner in the National Council of Instructional Administrators "Assessment of Student" category and twice was selected as a Bellwether Award finalist by the Community College's Future's Assembly.

His publications include Coloring Outside the Lines: Applying Multiple Intelligences and Creativity in Learning (John Wiley & Sons, 1999), Inteligencias Múltiples іDespierte el Potencial de Aprendizaje! (Editorial Orbis Press, 2006) and a chapter in Howard Gardner's book, Multiple Intelligences Around the World (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, July 2009)

Arizona's Pima Community College's first student and first in their Alumni Hall of Fame, Dr. Díaz-Lefebvre graduated summa cum laude from the University of Redlands (Johnston College), earned a master's degree from California State University/San Bernardino, a doctorate from Union Graduate School and completed post-doctorate work at UC-Berkeley, Riverside, the University of San Francisco and Arizona State University. A lifelong advocate of community colleges, he attributes his early days at Pima College as a pivotal point in his life.

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