Each year, Chapman honors alumni who have proven themselves to be exceptional in their accomplishments and leaders in business, organizations and communities. This year more than ever, the Distinguished Alumni honorees reflect the university’s mission of encouraging the education of global citizens.
Wilkinson College’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni is Katherine Perez ’06, B.A. Psychology and Spanish.
Perez is currently the Director at Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation. She earned her Juris Doctor at UCLA School of Law, with specializations in critical race studies, law and philosophy and public interest law and policy, and her Ph.D. in disability studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has dedicated her life to advocating for people with disabilities on local, national and international levels. From 2015-2019, she helped launch and led The National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD). She has been honored by the American Association of People with Disabilities and serves as the disability rights liaison on the Council for Diversity in Educational Pipeline of the American Bar Association.
Wilkinson College is so proud of you, Katherine! Congratuations!