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Email: dperson@fullerton.eduOpens in new window

Phone: 657-278-7643

Dr. Dawn Person

Professor, Emeritus Faculty


Dr. Person serves as the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), a solution-focused, data-driven research center that serves community partners in Los Angeles and Orange county as well as national and international associates committed to issues of educational leadership and student achievement. Prior to her decade of college teaching, Dawn served as a counselor, advisor, and administrator in student affairs. She coordinated programs and services in support of students of color, international students, first-year students, and student athletes. She serves as a consultant to colleges and universities on program evaluation, student retention, organizational change, and multicultural issues. Dr. Person has written numerous articles and book chapters on student retention for African American men, women, and women and student athletes of color. Among her many honors and awards, Dawn received the American College Personnel Association’s Diamond Honoree Award, a lifetime achievement award and the Most Valuable Professor Award. She remains active with the ACPA, NASPA, and other professional associations.