Monroe College Honors Community Leaders at Black History Month Awards Dinner

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Monroe College last night honored five community leaders for their public service and professional achievements at an awards dinner hosted by its School of Criminal Justice.

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The individuals that we are privileged to honor tonight are true community leaders. Through their words and actions, they continually make a difference and inspire those around them to do and be better.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, last night honored five community leaders for their public service and professional achievements at an awards dinner hosted by its School of Criminal Justice.

The Black History Month Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner, which was held at Monroe’s student-run Dining Lab restaurant in New Rochelle, recognized five African-American professionals whose character, conduct, and leadership have served their communities well and inspired others.

The honorees were:

  •     Wilbur Chapman, Special Advisor for Public Safety to Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut; former chief with the NYPD and Bridgeport, CT police departments
  •     Judge Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge of the 9th Judicial District Family Courts
  •     Joey Jackson, Attorney with Koehler & Isaacs, LLP and CNN legal commentator
  •     Richard Thomas, Mayor of Mount Vernon
  •     Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Deputy Commissioner of Operations at New York City Correction Department

“Black History Month has traditionally been a time to remember the pioneering men and women from the past who made an impact on our society and culture, but it is important that we also recognize the outstanding achievements of those who are having an influence on the course of history today, particularly here in our own backyard in New York,” said Michele S. Rodney, Esq., Dean of Monroe College’s School of Criminal Justice.

She continued: “The individuals that we are privileged to honor tonight are true community leaders. Through their words and actions, they continually make a difference and inspire those around them to do and be better. It is our great pleasure to thank them for their myriad contributions and celebrate their accomplishments through this awards dinner.”

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a student-centric learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. The institution was listed in the fall of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable ranked private college in New York State. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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