Touro College Graduate School of Education Deputy Chair Among 100 Most Influential Filipina American Women in the U.S.

Date: August 31, 2012
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Lorli Dima-ala Honored Nationally as a Filipina of Distinction.

New York, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2012 – Touro College Graduate School of Education Deputy Chair Lorli Dima-ala has been chosen as one of the 100 most influential Filipina American Women in the United States by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN).

A national nonprofit organization founded to raise awareness of the activities and status of women of Philippine ancestry who reside in the U.S., the FWN bestows honors upon women who inspire leadership, and demonstrate exceptional work in their fields of expertise and their local communities.

The award winners were honored at a gala ceremony at the FWN’s annual leadership summit, held in San Francisco from August 30 to September 1, 2012.

Professor Dima-ala is responsible for all administrative matters in the graduate school’s largest program of over 3,000 students, Education and Special Education. She was honored in the category of “Behind the Scenes Leaders,” which recognizes Filipina American women who are a driving force behind the success of their employers and who dedicate time, energy and resources to support their communities in the U.S.

“I am truly honored by this award for my professional work and civic engagement in the Filipino American community,” Professor Dima-ala said. “My job allows me to be the best I can be as a professional, an administrator and a friend to our students. At Touro, I can be of service and support to all, while serving my community in our newfound world of Filipino Americans.”

Professor Dima-ala said she is gratified to be able to bring Touro close to the heart of many Filipino teachers as well as all minorities, who dream of completing their graduate studies. Recently, the Graduate School of Education was ranked first in New York state, and among the top ten universities nationally, for graduating minority students with master’s degrees in education.

Established in 1993, Touro’s Graduate School of Education currently enrolls approximately 3,600 students, most of whom are in the Master of Science programs in Education and Special Education. Other M.S. programs are offered in Teaching Literacy, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Mathematics Education, Instructional Technology, and School Leadership.

The school is the largest provider of new special education teachers to New York City's public schools, and one of the largest providers of teachers to "high need schools" – those that face special challenges in helping students succeed.

In addition to its degree programs, the school conducts significant research through its Lander Center for Educational Research, a federally-funded operation that helps public schools address problems that impact student achievement and equality of educational opportunity. This year, the school also received a $1.9 million grant from the federal government to operate one of 10 “Equity Assistance Centers” in the U.S. to help public schools address issues of race, gender and national origin that impact on student achievement and opportunity.