UW–Madison alumnus Dominic Ledesma is the recipient of the Joseph C. Beckham Award for dissertation of the year from the Education Law Association.
Ledesma earned his PhD from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2021. He currently serves as the interim director of the Office of Access, Inclusion, and Compliance for UW–Madison’s Division of Extension.
Ledesma’s dissertation is titled, “From Language Access to Communicative Equity: Understanding the Role and Impact of Language Access Accommodations for Linguistically Diverse Parents in K-12 Public Schools.” Julie Mead, a professor emerita in ELPA, wrote in her nomination letter that Ledesma’s study “provides significant insight into how public school districts serve linguistically diverse parents.”
“Very little research exists to inform school practitioners about language access issues for families,” Mead adds. “Dr. Ledesma’s study contributes to our collective understanding of this important function. He also lays out the elements of what he terms ‘communicative equity,’ successfully arguing that language access alone is insufficient for true equity to be realized.”
The Joseph C. Beckham Award exists “to recognize exemplary dissertations by doctoral students in the field of education law.” Ledesma is the sixth UW–Madison graduate to receive the award since 2004.
Learn more about the Joseph C. Beckham Award.