Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administrative Studies

Graduate School of Education

Dilafruz Williams, PH.D.


Department Chair 

Portland State University

School of Education

615 SW Harrison
PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751

Contact Information

Phone: 503-725-4676
Fax: 503-725-3200

Dilafruz Williams is Professor of Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administrative Studies in the Graduate School of Education and also Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O’ Hatfield School of Government, at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.


Dilafruz co-founded the Environmental Middle School – now called Sunnyside Environmental School -- in the Portland Public School District. She was elected to a four-year term on the Portland School Board in July 2003.


Dilafruz’s scholarship and area of interest

have long been community and environmental

engagement, democracy, and civic education.

She has degrees in Public Administration,

Botany, and Philosophy of Education. Besides

higher education, she has taught Biology and

Mathematics in grades 6-12. Recipient of the

prestigious Ehrlich Award for Faculty

Service-Learning, Dilafruz has authored several

articles and chapters dealing with service-

learning, civic engagement, environmental

education, and holistic education.


She co-edited a book entitled: Ecological Education in Action: On Weaving Education, Culture, and the Environment (SUNY Press). She is a graduate of Harvard, Syracuse, and Bombay Universities. Dilafruz finds much pleasure in gardening, traveling, relishing nature poetry, and being politically active in the community. She also serves on local, regional, and national Advisory Boards and provides leadership in a number of professional organizations.