She has been widely recognized inter/nationally for her commitment to equity and excellence in education. Recent awards include:
2018- Arthur R. King, Jr. Award for Curriculum Innovation and Promoting Equity in Education, Pacific Consortium Circle.
2018- Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2017- Carl A. Grant Excellence in Research Award, National Association for Multicultural Education.
2017- Inaugural Don T. Nakanishi Excellence in Mentorship Award, American Educational Research Association’s Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans Special Interest Group SIG 94.
Moreover, she has been recognized for teaching excellence and innovation. For example, she was named by the National General Board of Higher Education as Hamline University’s 2015 Exemplary Teacher of the Year, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates "civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community." She was also recognized as Outstanding Faculty of the Year (by students) at the College of St. Mary in 2010 for her investment in causes that promote gender and racial equity in PK-16 education.
In prior years, she received dozens of other awards and recognitions for her service to underrepresented communities, families, and youth, as well as for excellence in mentoring and supporting educators, learners, and scholars who are indigenous and of color.