Teaching Instructor of Spanish
Dolores Perillán received her Master’s of Arts and Philology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She joined GW in 1998 and has become a pioneer of the civic engagement pedagogy to enhance the ethical and leadership development of students, while providing excellent motivation for language acquisition. Since 2002 Perillán has been building strong community partnerships, and engaging students and community in powerful transformational reflections and research. Awarded the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Engaged Department Grant in 2013, she has developed Operación Impacto, an innovative service-learning program that bridges GW’s mission and students’ civic responsibility with local community needs and opportunities. In addition, since 2015, she has spearheaded the César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong Day of celebration, commitment to social justice, and call to action.
Professor Perillán’s work has been recognized by the 2017 Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Alan G. Penczek Service-Learning Faculty Award, the 2017 Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Faculty Engagement Award, the GWU 2010 Excellence in Service Faculty Choice Award, and the 2005 Bender Teaching Award. It is with much gratitude that she acknowledges her students’ commitment and leadership, our community partners’ tireless work, and The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service’s leadership and example.