MLK Agent of Change Award Ceremony

MLK Agent of Change Award Ceremony

Hosted by Dean's Office and the Center for Intercultural Advancement

The MLK Agent of Change ceremony is sponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Center for Intercultural Advancement. The purpose of this award ceremony is to recognize outstanding faculty, staff, alumnus, and student who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism, and community development. In addition, these awardees make a positive impact whether in the classroom or in the Wagner College community.  

At this year’s ceremony, we will recognize the following 5 change agents for their contributions in furthering Dr. King’s life and legacy: 

  • Faculty: Dr. Steven W. Thomas, Associate Professor, English Department
  • Staff:     Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon, Vice President of Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life
  • Staff:     Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, Vice President of Workplace Culture and Inclusion and Chief Human Resources Officer 
  • Alumnus: Kerri Lee Alexander, Ph.D. Student in U.S. History at Howard University 
  • Student: Jonathan Irizarry, Graduate Student, Finance

The 2021 MLK Agent of Change Keynote speaker will be Dr. Rita Reynolds. Rita Reynolds earned her doctorate from UMass in African American Studies and is a 19th and 20th-century historian of African-American and American history. She is currently the Chair of the History Department and Director of the American Studies Program, Faculty Director of the Expanding Your Horizons study abroad program. She has final revisions of her manuscript with The University of Georgia Press entitled Free and Insane In Charleston: Freedom and Divorce Among Free People of Color In Antebellum South Carolina.

Thursday, February 25th

6:30pm- 8: 30pm

Registration for this virtual event is required and open to the public.

For questions, please contact Letty Romero, Office Manager for the Dean of Campus Life Office, at 718-390-3423 or