Vivian Gadsden, the William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education, director of the National Center on Fathers and Families, and associate director for the National Center on Adult Literacy, is the recipient of the GSE Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recently named a faculty co-leader of the Penn Futures Project. Students describe Dr. Gadsden’s class as a place where they can be vulnerable while working through questions of how race and class affect child development. By simultaneously serving as a teacher, a mentor, a researcher and a thought leader whose work is shaping public policy, she demonstrates the many ways her students can make an impact. When they graduate, Dr. Gadsden’s students say they are prepared to testify on behalf of the children they will serve.