Winston C. Doby, University of California vice president for educational outreach, will receive the 2002 Jacoby International Award for the many contributions he made to UCLA during his more than 33-year career on campus. The Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars at UCLA presents the prestigious award to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to humanity and show a commitment to enhancing international understanding.
UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale will present the award to Doby at a dinner gala at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City. More than 400 guests are expected to attend the event. Special guests include former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, and Assemblyman Gil Cedillo and Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, who are both UCLA alumni. Linda Alvarez, weekend anchor at KCBS-Channel 2 and a UCLA alumna, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
â€œIt has been very gratifying to work with the Dashew International Student Center and see the positive impact it has had on the lives of so many of UCLA students over the years,â€? Doby said. â€œTo be included among the distinguished roster of Jacoby Award recipients is an unexpected honor.â€?
Janet Doak, board president of the Dashew Center, said Doby is a longtime supporter of the Dashew Center and many other efforts that have benefited students.
â€œThe Dashew Center is pleased to honor Dr. Winston Doby with its 2002 Jacoby Award for his outstanding service to the center for many years,â€? Doak said. â€œThrough his leadership, the center building was finished and is now the Bradley International Hall, which houses the Dashew Center.â€?
In his new role at the University of California, Doby oversees a complex and wide-ranging educational outreach effort designed to prepare students for university admission. He coordinates an array of UC programs that work with K-12 educators and other California institutions of higher education to improve teacher quality and student performance.
Doby served as UCLA vice chancellor of student affairs from 1981 to 2001. He directed a UCLA office that provides programs, services and educational experiences for approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 11,000 graduate students. The office covers such critical functions as the registrar, financial aid, undergraduate admissions, dean of students and student health services.
Dobyâ€™s career has been marked by a strong sense of community involvement and commitment to diversity. He has widened opportunities for educationally disadvantaged students. He was a key figure in shaping the UCâ€™s admission and financial-aid policies in the early 1970s. His work in those areas paved the way for UCLA to become one of the most diverse university campuses in the United States.
While serving as director of special education programs in 1970, Doby created UCLAâ€™s Academic Advancement Program. It is now recognized as one of the nationâ€™s finest academic support services programs for educationally disadvantaged students.
As co-chairman of the UCLA Outreach Steering Committee, Doby launched the Career-Based Outreach Program (CBOP). The program focuses on strengthening the academic preparation of college-bound students in educationally disadvantaged high schools in Los Angeles County. UCLAâ€™s outreach programs, including CBOP, assist nearly 250,000 K-12 students as they progress through the curricula of 94 participating schools throughout Los Angeles.
For more than 10 years, Doby also was an external member of the Los Angeles Unified School Districtâ€™s Evaluation Planning Team, which focused on school desegregation, overcrowding, busing and student achievement.
Doby, a native of Alabama, grew up in south Los Angeles. He was a straight-A student at Fremont High School and planned to attend Compton College. His plans quickly changed when high school Coach Bill Thayer introduced Doby to UCLA track coach Elvin â€œDuckyâ€? Drake. Thayer convinced Drake to give Doby a partial scholarship to UCLA.
Doby graduated from UCLA in 1963 and then taught at Fremont High School. He returned to UCLA in 1968 as an assistant track coach. A year later, he was appointed director of UCLAâ€™s Upward Bound Program.
Doby is co-founder of the community-based Young Black Scholars Program, which has helped prepare thousands of young students for college. He founded the Black Male Achievement Project at Ralph Bunche Elementary School; the Los Angeles Sports Academy, which promotes academic achievement through sports; and a charter school for high school dropouts. He also was instrumental in helping set up a middle-school pilot program that improves mathematics competency.
Doby, 62, has two adult children and two grandchildren.
The Jacoby Award gala raises money for services and programs offered by the Dashew Center for UCLAâ€™s international students.
Tickets should by purchased by Wednesday, May 1, by calling Janet Doak at (310) 267-1949 or sending her an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.