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Elizabeth B. Rawlins

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Education Professor
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1927
Birth Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Education Professor
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1927
Birth Location:
Cambridge
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Biography

Elizabeth B. Rawlins, dean and professor emeritus at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, was recognized for her effective and tireless dedication to numerous educational and community organizations in Boston, across private and public higher education in Massachusetts, over a fifty-year period. Born on November 25, 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rawlins attended the local public schools and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1944.

After high school, Rawlins attended Salem State Teachers College, where she earned her B.S. degree in education in 1950; from there she became an elementary school teacher in urban and suburban public schools, and in private schools in Massachusetts. From 1953 to 1954, Rawlins taught at Narimasu Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan. After earning her master’s degree in urban education from Simmons College in 1967, Rawlins left elementary school teaching and began working as a lecturer at Simmons, where she was an associate professor by 1976. From 1979 to 1992, Rawlins served as the associate dean of the Human Services Program; she became a professor of education in 1991, the same year that she received her Ed.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

For ten years, Rawlins served as chairperson of the Salem State College board of trustees; she also served as a board member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a member of the Simmons College Corporation. Rawlins also served as president of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health; between 1982 and 1988, she served on the Education Commission of the States.

During her long career at Simmons, Rawlins often addressed racially sensitive issues; the establishment of the Elizabeth B. Rawlins Scholarship Fund at Simmons, and the Salem State College Rawlins Oratorical Contest are testaments to her leadership and contributions to higher education in Massachusetts, and the respect she earned in the process.

After her retirement in 1992, Rawlins served on the advisory council to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and as the vice president of the Martha’s Vineyard branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Elizabeth B. Rawlins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her maternal grandmother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls being raised by her grandmother in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her community in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins details her maternal ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her relationship with her younger brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her time at Cambridge's Houghton School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls being dissuaded from a teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her educational experience in Cambridge
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her time at Cambridge High and Latin School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her time at Cambridge High and Latin School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls working for Raytheon in Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her first year at Salem Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her financial challenges as a college student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her early teaching career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls teaching at Cambridge's Buckingham School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes applying to teach in Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her relationship with her husband, Keith W. Rawlins, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her teaching experience in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes the teaching careers of Boston-area African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins talks about her children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls becoming a lecturer at Boston's Simmons College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls her teaching experience at Simmons College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls her teaching experience at Simmons College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls becoming associate dean at Simmons College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her role as associate dean at Simmons College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins recalls Salem State College establishing a graduate social work program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes serving on the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes serving on the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes chairing Salem State College's board of trustees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes Simmons College's involvement in school desegregation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins remembers students from her tenure at Simmons College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes leading black alumni symposia at Simmons College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes leading black alumni symposia at Simmons College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins reflects upon sharing her story
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins describes organizations she belongs to on Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Elizabeth B. Rawlins narrates her photographs, pt. 2