• Passing of the Gavel

Celebrate Suffolk’s AHANA graduates and cultural club leaders

Thursday, April 22
3 - 5:00 p.m.
Donahue Cafe

This ceremony is held to celebrate the annual change of leadership in Suffolk’s cultural student organizations. Graduating AHANA students are recognized and presented with stoles recognizing their cultural heritages.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Judith Perez, M.A., A.B.D., a Ph.D. candidate and Alumni Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University. Her dissertation is a comparative analysis of the residential and housing options of native New Yorkers.  Judith also obtained advanced certification in Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University.

Perez recently completed a summer writing fellowship for Howard University’s Summer Institute for Race and Wealth, funded by the Ford Foundation.  Additional fellowships include a dissertation fellowship provided by The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the Smithsonian Latino’s Center’s Museum Studies Program. 

Professionally, Perez served as an assistant faculty member for the National Equity Center’s Summer Civil Rights and Social Justice Training Institute, held at UCLA.  She also has taught as an adjunct lecturer in the Puerto Rican and Latin American Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at Fordham University’s College of Liberal Studies.

Before returning to academia, Perez worked for INROADS, Inc., as its national recruiter and liaison for Latino Affairs. She also has served in Student Affairs at Barnard College, Marist College, and Pace University. 

Perez is on the advisory board for QUEST Educational Initiatives and has served on the board of directors for Achieving Leadership's Purpose (ALP), Inc., in Harlem and La Negrita Productions, LLC. 

Perez,received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and her Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher Education Administration. She lives in the Bronx, New York.

Refreshments will be provided.

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AHANA and international graduates who would like to be recognized at the Passing of the Gavel ceremony should register by April 8.

Everyone in the Suffolk community is welcome. RSVP by April 8.