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Community Activist Attorney Tom Mesereau, Jr., who operates a Saturday free legal clinic in South Los Angeles, presented the Tom Mesereau Humanitarian Award to Community Activist Dr. Clara Amador-Watson, who carries a message against domestic violence on the Woman's Jail in Lynwood and through the community. Dr. Amador-Watson of National University has been selected to the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster for the next five years. The United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA) the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIS) and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board (FSB) made the notification in a joint statement on March 26, 2009. As a Fulbright Specialist Dr. Amador-Watson's name will be on a secured list in United States Embassies worldwide because she is eligible to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists.Â Â
At National University Dr. Amador-Watson is a professional preparer of teachers and has academic oversight over the state's largest university internship programs with more than 500 teachers. She also speaks several languages and is an expert in dual language programs. She has lived and worked in Spain, England, Ireland, France and Israel; completed studies of Human Rights Law in France; consulted and lectured in India, Singapore, Lithuania, and China. Her institution, National University is by far the largest preparer of teachers in the state of California for the last eight years. They prepare more African-Americans and Latinos than any other university in this state.
Dr. Amador-Watson is a noted community activist who has received many awards for her humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors. She received the Thomas Mesereau Humanitarian Award (Los Angeles .Sentinel, March 13-19, 2008 edition) for her work with language minority students, female prison inmates, campaign against domestic violence, service on the Compton Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the N-Action Family Network Advisory Board. She was recently elected to the N-Action Family Network Board of Directors. She was honored by National University with the prestigious 2007 Professoriate Award and again with the 2008 Professoriate Award.
Dr. Amador-Watson said she was humbled by the honor and will proudly serve where ever possible to her best of her ability. Like she did with the Tom Mesereau Humanitarian Award, she dedicated the honor to her late father, a physician in her native Madrid, Spain. She expressed gratitude to the CIS, ECA and the FSB.