Retirement Ceremony for Renowned Medgar Evers College Professor Safiya Bandele

Prof. Safiya Bandele

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the College will host a retirement ceremony for Professor Safiya Bandele at 6pm to 8 pm in the Founders Auditorium – 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Bandele, who also serves as Director of the College’s Center for Women’s Development, will be recognized by students, faculty, staff, and friends for her 34 years of service at the College. The event is free and open to the public.

“Professor Bandele has been an exceptional role model for the students on our campus and a tireless advocate for women everywhere,” said President William L. Pollard. “She shall be greatly missed yet we know she leaves our doors destined to continue her good works.”

Throughout her career, Professor Bandele has been consistently recognized for her contributions to the progress of women and overall community service efforts. This spring, she was the recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Leadership Award – top honor from the Office of Brooklyn Borough President.

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.

For more information, call 718-270-5022 or 718 270-4975.

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.