Lifetime Legacy Award recipient, THEODORA SMILEY LACEY, receives her award from Chapter Chair S. Craig Mourton of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Theodora Smiley Lacey was the Breakfast guest speaker, sharing her experiences as a civil rights leader. She shared words of inspiration: “While you won’t see segregation today as I knew it, I continue to see other forms of discrimination surrounding religion…. True change, equality, and diversity will only be sustained if each and every one of us comes together and forges ahead”
The Community Diversity Advocate Award was presented to the INTERFAITH BROTHERHOOD-SISTERHOOD COMMITTEE of BERGEN COUNTY; accepting the award was JOY KURLAND of the Jewish Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Diversity Youth Leadership Awards were presented to four students to recognize their efforts to create inclusive school environments. Left to right are S. Craig Mourton, Chapter Chair; Priscilla Nunez, Passaic County Technical Institute; Alicia Espinal, Passaic County Technical Institute; Jake Fischer, Pascack Hills High School; Tori May, Mahwah High School; and Elizabeth Williams-Riley, American Conference on Diversity President & CEO.
Yooni Chang, Lead for Diversity (LFD) delegate from Bergen Academies stands with Theodora Smiley Lacey. Yooni shared her experiences as an LFD delegate; LFD started this summer with a one-week residential program.
Chapter board members, Dr. Joan Rivitz (US and NJ Civil Rights Commissions, NJ Human Relations Council Advisory Board; and NJ Commission on Holocaust Education) and Dr. Michael Riff (Ramapo College) presented the Diversity Youth Leadership Awards.
Holy Name Medical Center’s Jackie Kates presents Theodora Smiley Lacey with the Lifetime Legacy Award. A former chapter chair and board member and former Teaneck mayor, Jackie has known Theodora for many years; Jackie shared the personal impact Theodora and her civil rights work has had.
Left to right: Elizabeth Williams-Riley, president & CEO, American Conference on Diversity; honoree Theodora Smiley Lacey; Bergen County Freeholder John Mitchell; Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (37th District); Joy Kurland, representing the Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County; and another member of the Committee.
Joy Kurland, of the Jewish Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, accepts the Community Diversity Advocate Award on behalf of the Interfaith Brotherhood – Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County.
Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (37th District) and Elizabeth Williams-Riley, president & CEO, American Conference on Diversity.
Tori May (Mahwah High School) and Jake Fischer (Pascack Hills High School) proudly display their Diversity Youth Leadership Awards while standing alongside Lifetime Legacy Award recipient Theodora Smiley Lacey.
Left to right Elizabeth Williams-Riley, American Conference on Diversity President & CEO; Dr. Michael Riff, Ramapo College; Alton Williams, Gale Bindelglass, Bahi Williams and Joy Kurland, all of the Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County; Bergen County Freehold John Mitchell; Assemblyman Gordan M Johnson (37th District); Theodora Smiley Lacey; Jackie Kates, Holy Name Medical Center; (behind Jackie) S. Craig Mourton, Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Dr. Joan Rivitz, US and NJ Division of Civil Rights.