Medgar Evers College Professor Safiya Bandele Receives Shirley Chisholm Leadership Award from Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

Medgar Evers College Professor Safiya Bandele, who also serves as Director of the College’s Center for Women’s Development, is being honored by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President at their 2011 Women’s Herstory reception and ceremony on Thursday, March 24th at 8am in the Rotunda of Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn. This event is dedicated to Brooklyn women who have excelled in the arts, sciences, business and public service. The event is open to the public.

Professor Bandele is the recipient of this year’s Shirley Chisholm Leadership Award which recognizes individuals for their contributions to the progress of women and overall community service efforts. Bandele joins five other exceptional women receiving top honors by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Deputy President Yvonne J. Graham.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award named after Shirley Chisholm,” said Prof. Bandele. ” She was a visionary leader and role model for me and for women everywhere.”

As Director of the Center for Women’s Development for the past 30 years, Prof. Bandele is responsible for the supervision of the Center’s social workers, advocates, administrative assistants, interns and volunteers. The Center assists student in multiple areas including academic advisement, rape crisis counseling; domestic violence 101; sexual harassment; trainer for trainers, conflict mediation & resolution, bereavement counseling, multicultural counseling, women’s health group facilitation, and human sexuality. Over her 34 year tenure at the College, Professor Bandele has taught English Composition, Women’s Studies, Gender Specific Freshmen Experience Seminar and Women’s Health and Wellness.

The other awardees at the event include: Michelle Neugebauer (Lucy Burns Activist Award), Marth Kamber(Emily Roebling Stewardship Award), Nancy Umanoff (Betty Smith Arts Award), Malaak Compton-Rock (Lady Deborah Moody Founders Award) and Dr. Linda Brady (Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Humanitarian Award).

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.