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Mary Nix Hollowell (M.A.T. '91, Ph.D. '94) wins advocacy award

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Mary Nix Hollowell

Mary Nix Hollowell, who has worked to end the use of solitary confinement cells in Georgia public schools, has been named the winner of the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2010 Equity & Social Justice Advocacy Award.

An associate professor of education at Clayton State University in Atlanta, Hollowell is the author of The Forgotten Room, which documents the use of solitary confinement cells in Georgia schools. She has also made presentations, given testimony and engaged in other advocacy work to end the use of the practice. The use of such cells was banned by the Georgia State Board of Education in July.

Hollowell is continuing her advocacy work by supporting efforts to pass the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act, which is under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

The award will be presented to Hollowell during the 20th Annual International NAME Conference in Las Vegas in November.