Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Presenter: Sylvia Mendez, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Sylvia Mendez is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage. At age eight, she played an instrumental role in the Mendez v. Westminster case, the landmark desegregation case of 1947. Their 1947 victory desegregated public schools in California and became an example for broader decisions, such as Brown v Board of Education. Sylvia Mendez's sole intent is to convey the importance of obtaining an education by encouraging students to stay in school and continue their education. 

Museum of African American History
African Meeting House
46 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02114

Tickets are required and seating is limited.   

For more information contact the Office of Diversity Services at 617.573.8613 or email diversity@suffolk.edu.

Creating the Dream Award

Deadline: Monday, December 19, 2016. The purpose of this award recognizes outstanding efforts of an individual, organization or department within Suffolk University that works toward creating an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for people of color on the Suffolk campus. The recipient should demonstrate a sustained and tangible impact on the campus community.

Examples of efforts might involve:

  • Advocating for underrepresented individuals on campus.
  • Coordinating an academic department or staff unit that promotes the professional advancement of faculty and/or staff of color.
  • Creating projects and events that promote greater awareness of issues related to underrepresented groups.
  • Designing activities and programs that convey personal safety and mutual respect for and among students, faculty and staff of color.

The winner is announced at the MLK Event during the presentation segment.

Submit your nomination today!