The First Lady of Haiti, Mildred Trouillot Aristide, an alumna of City College, will receive a Humanitarian Leadership Award from The City University of New York, Wednesday, June 27, at a 1 p.m. luncheon in her honor to be held at CUNY headquarters, 535 East 80(superscript: th) Street in Manhattan.
The award cites her “exemplary leadership and outstanding advocacy on behalf of economically disadvantaged children of Haiti and New York City.” It goes on to cite her contributions to the education of “the children of the people, the whole people,” quoting Townsend Harris, the founder in 1847 of the Free Academy, the forerunner of City College.
Mrs. Aristide graduated in 1984 from City College, where she had been president of the Student Government and an active member of the Haitian Student Association. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987 and was an associate with Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn & Berman in New York before setting up a private practice in Washington, D.C., and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She married President Aristide in 1996.
She was adviser to President Aristide’s government in exile in 1993 and participated in negotiations with the U.S government and the United Nations for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. She married President Aristide in 1996.
Among other distinguished guests will be His Excellency Pierre Lelong, Ambassador from Haiti to the United States, Haitian Consul-General Marie-Therese Guilloteau, and Haitian Minister of Health Henri-Claude Voltaire.
The luncheon is co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education.
Date: June 27(superscript: th), 1:00 p.m.
Location: 535 East 80(superscript: th) Street
New York, NY 10021