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L.A. County Human Relations Commission honors Cal State L.A. professor for helping document hate crimes

March 30, 2015


Cal State L.A.’s Professor Jane Gauthier has been selected to receive the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission Volunteer of the Year Award for helping the panel document hate crimes.

The Los Angeles County’s Human Relations Commission nominated Gauthier in recognition of her work on the panel’s annual hate crime report, as well as for planning and designing a research project on the impact of hate crime on the transgender community. She will receive the award during an April 13 luncheon at the Los Angeles Music Center.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Human Rights Commission. Their efforts in documenting hate crimes and sponsoring community programs designed to increase tolerance are so important,” said Gauthier, who lives in Los Angeles’ Glassell Park neighborhood. “It has been an amazing experience to be involved with them in some small way, and I am truly honored by this award.”

Since 1980, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has compiled, analyzed, and produced the yearly report of hate crimes reported across the county. The report is based on data submitted by law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and community-based organizations.

“This is great news for Cal State L.A.,” said Dean Beatrice Yorker of the University’s College of Health and Human Services. “We are so proud of Jane for receiving the Human Relations Commission Volunteer of the Year Award.”

A faculty member at Cal State L.A. since 2012, Gauthier teaches classes on hate crime, theories of crime, research methods and statistics in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. She has written articles published in professional journals, and she is also the co-author of the book Simple Statistics: Applications in Social Research. Gauthier holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Cal State Bakersfield. She earned her doctoral degree from Washington State University.

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations in an increasingly complex and multicultural county. Members of the commission are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Photo: Professor Jane Gauthier at last year's Honors Convocation ceremony. (Credit: Cal State L.A.)

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