Each year the College honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by recognizing the work of members of our community who embody his desire to create a “Beloved Community”.
This year we will recognize Dr. Cyril Ghosh as the Faculty Awardee, Kemani Howard as the Student Awardee and Beth and Henry Cruz as Alumni Awardees.
This year’s MLK keynote address will be provided by the Rev. Dr. Yvette Wilson-Barnes.
Rev. Dr. Yvette Wilson-Barnes was named Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Union Theological Seminary in the summer of 2013, after having served as the Associate Dean for Student Life and Assistant Director of Recruitment since February 2010. She is the former Executive Director of HELPUSA’s HELP Supportive Employment Center—a residential program shelter on Wards Island in New York City that served 200 homeless men and women with histories of substance abuse and mental health challenges—and the former Chief Operating Officer of a housing counseling and economic development organization in Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
Ordained in 2010, she holds an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies: Culture and Communications from City College, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology: Applied Social Research from Queens College, a Juris Doctorate degree in Housing and Community Economic Development from the City University of New York School of Law, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, which involved the study of Psychiatry and Religion and Social Ethics, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, where she researched the diversity and inclusivity experiences of students attending progressive graduate theological schools deeply committed to diversity and striving to create inclusive campus environments. Dr. Wilson-Barnes is also a vocalist, loves art, reading, traveling, teaching and preaching. She is married to Pastor Arthur R. Barnes.
A reception will follow the event.