Six Innovative and Emerging Leaders Receive Honors From Murphy Institute

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies has recognized six leaders who have distinguished themselves in the areas of social and economic justice. The six honorees will receive the 2013 Joseph S. Murphy Emerging Leaders Award at a reception inaugurating the Joseph S. Murphy Institute Scholarship for Diversity in Labor on May 16th in New York City. The reception will benefit the Scholarship, which has been created by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to promote diversity in union leadership and the field of labor studies.

The recipients of the 2013 Leadership Awards include:

• Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
• Lucía Gómez-Jiménez, Executive Director, La Fuente
• Sara Horowitz, Founder, Freelancers Union
• Alden Nesbitt and Mikhel A. Crichlow, Dream Act Leaders
• Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

“The recipients exemplify an inspiring new generation of leaders, and represent a broad coalition of movements for social change,” Greg Mantsios, Director of the Murphy Institute, said. “These diverse and dynamic leaders are all working for the greater cause of social and economic justice, and we are thrilled to honor them for their important work.”

“The CUNY School of Professional Studies was founded on the ideal of providing opportunities for our City’s workers to continue and complete their college educations,” noted John Mogulescu, the School’s Dean. “This scholarship will augment our efforts, and I am delighted that our students have a chance to see, through the examples of our honored guests, the social impact that can result from hard work and dedication.”

The 2013 Emerging Leaders will be honored at a reception, Educating the Future: Strength in Diversity on May 16th in the Atrium of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, located at 524 West 59th Street in Manhattan.

“We are seeking candidates from under-represented constituencies who wish to pursue careers with labor unions or who want to develop academic careers in labor-related fields of study,” Mantsios said. “Our hope is to have some impact on the way unions and universities develop leaders.”

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute was established as a collaboration between The City University of New York and New York City labor unions to provide undergraduate and graduate education for working adults, particularly in the fields of labor and urban studies. The Institute has attracted some of the most prestigious labor studies and social science faculty in the country.

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