Academy for Educational Development Newsroom | November 18, 2008
Washington, D.C., – Individuals and organizations working to advance equity and social justice will be honored November 20 at the 2008 Equity Awards Dinner hosted by the Educational Equity Center at AED. The dinner will be held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
“From classrooms to housing complexes to hospitals, this stellar group of advocates work to create a more just and equitable society,” said Barbara Sprung, co-director of the Educational Equity Center at AED. “We are proud to recognize their contributions with this award.”
The honorees are:
Woman of Valor: Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner, President-Emerita of Bank Street College of Education, is a long-time advocate for equity and excellence in education for under-represented children and adults. She was the first African-American female college president in the history of The City University of New York and served as an Assistant Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education.
Corporate Exemplar: Pitney Bowes Inc., is being recognized for its support of community-based literacy and education initiatives that set a high standard for corporate philanthropy, as well as for programs that serve a diverse population, particularly women, people with disabilities and people of color. The award will be accepted by Juanita T. James, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.
Ellen Baxter, Founder and Executive Director of Broadway Housing Communities, has committed 29 years to advocacy and housing development to redress the inhumanity of homelessness in New York City and nationally. Broadway Housing Communities has developed and manages six permanent projects that provide homes for nearly 300 households.
Judith Goldberg, Director of the Initiative for Women with Disabilities at the Elly & Steve Hammerman Health & Wellness Center, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, is a life-long advocate of improving the health and lives of women with disabilities. She is committed to providing respectful, high quality gynecological, medical and wellness services for women with physical disabilities.
Dr. Maritza B. Macdonald, Director of Education and Policy at the American Museum of Natural History, is a former teacher and researcher on issues such as diversity, access, and economic inequality at Bank Street College and Teachers College. She also served as a member of the National Commission for 21st Century STEM Education, representing informal science education institutions and their role in policy and formal education.
Rising Star: Joanne Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity.,an organization that provides a safe space to mobilize girls, boys, women, men, parents and teachers in schools, under Title IX. Through after- school programs, health and fitness leagues, and youth leadership initiatives, Girls for Gender Equity promotes systemic change in all of the support networks that shape the development and achievement of youth in New York City.
“We hope this event will serve as an affirmation of the work we are doing as a community to promote equity,” said Merle Froschl, co-director of EEC at AED.
The mission of the Educational Equity Center at AED is to provide equality of opportunity on a national scale in schools and after-school settings, starting in early childhood.
AED is a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development–the foundation of thriving societies. Focusing on the underserved, AED implements more than 250 programs serving people in all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries.