College of Education and Human Performance alum Gonzalo La Cava was honored by the White House Monday as a “Champion of Change.”

Champions of Change are educators who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans. Champions have distinguished themselves by devoting their time and energy to creating opportunities for young people to succeed, particularly in low-income communities.

Part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the event showcased the leaders and their exceptional contributions to Latino communities and the country. The program featured remarks from Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Roberto Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education, and Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Gonzalo graduated in 2009 with a doctoral degree in educational leadership. His dissertation was titled “A Study of the Relationship between Second Order Change Leadership Behaviors of Principals in Title I Elementary Schools.”