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  • 05 Mar 2018 11:53 PM | Anonymous

    McCarter & English announced the following changes in leadership, effective March 1, 2018:

    • Cynthia Keliher and Simone Wilson-Brito will serve as co-chairs of the Real Estate Practice Group
    • Amy Haberman will lead the Labor & Employment Practice Group
    • Moy Ogilvie will serve as the Hartford Office Managing Partner

    “Cynthia, Simone, Amy and Moy served as leaders in our business and mentors to associates for many years,” said Joseph Boccassini, the firm’s managing partner. “I know they will continue to represent our clients well in their new roles with the same focus and dedication.”

    Cynthia Keliher, joined the firm’s Boston office as a partner in 2006. Her practice addresses all aspects of commercial real estate, with a focus on representing landlords and tenants in complex ground, retail, office and data center leases. She is president of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global, an association of corporate real estate professionals. Ms. Keliher is the co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee.

    Simone Wilson-Brito, a partner in the Newark office, has been with the firm for nearly 10 years. Her practice focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions with a concentration in financing, leasing and acquisition of real property. She represents lenders and borrowers in commercial and construction loans, and purchasers in the acquisition and disposition of real estate. Ms. Wilson Brito is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee. She represents, pro bono, individuals seeking asylum in the United States.

    Amy Haberman, a partner in the New York office, joined McCarter & English in 2005. Her global practice spans numerous industries and focuses on representing U.S. and multinational corporate clients in recruiting and transferring of foreign nationals, immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with Department of Labor statutory and regulatory requirements. She also counsels individuals on obtaining permanent resident status and citizenship. She is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

    Moy Ogilvie is a partner in the Products Liability, Mass Torts and Consumer Class Actions Group and is chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She joined our Hartford office  in 2003. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and the Hartford Youth Scholars, and volunteers with Lawyers for Children on pro bono matters.

    With the recent changes, seven of the firm’s 11 practice groups are led by women.


  • 28 Jun 2017 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Hundreds Bid Godspeed to "Dr. K" by Lucy Gellman for The New Haven Independent

    A trailblazer who developed “a monument to education” downtown isn’t saying goodbye. She’s saying godspeed.

    Surrounded by hundreds of friends, family and colleagues, outgoing Gateway Community College President Dorsey “Dr. K” Kendrick made that announcement Wednesday night at a packed celebration of her 18-year tenure and retirement next week.

    Held at Anthony’s Ocean View in Morris Cove, the event doubled as a chance to bring attention to the Dorsey L. Kendrick Access To Success endowment fund, to which attendees had the option of donating. Money raised for that fund Wednesday night will go toward student scholarships. That includes $500 from the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Inc., a black sorority. 

    Throughout the evening, Kendrick was praised for her groundbreaking efforts to revitalize access to higher education in New Haven. Her tenure included cultivating the college’s special education, nursing, adult education and high school crossover programs and moving Gateway's campus to downtown from Long Wharf.

    A lineup of 20 speakers — none of whom stayed within a suggested two-minute limit, and a few of whom had prerecorded their messages by video — focused not only on Kendrick’s accomplishments, but on the spirit with which she had worked.

    Mayor Toni Harp recalled Kendrick’s fight to institute the nursing program, and the verve with which Kendrick went head-to-head with Connecticut legislators, then-governor John Rowland, and “the nursing profession itself, frankly” before the program began in 2002. It has since graduated almost 1,000 nurses. 

    Others painted a portrait of a woman who was direct but kind, unyielding yet candid and compassionate. Tunxis Community College President Cathryn Addy told attendees she knew Kendrick was special when she’d said, mid-interview for her position at Gateway, that she would “have a little come-to-Jesus meeting and get things settled” if faced with a difficult situation. Chamber of Commerce President Tony Rescigno lauded Kendrick as an educator “with vision focused like a laser beam,” for whom the world stopped when she saw a student in need. And Community Foundation Director Will Ginsberg thanked her for her work as a servant to the city, and changemaker in the community. 

    “You changed the way New Haven thinks of itself,” he said. “You have elevated education for all in this community.”

    So did former Gateway alum and former student body president Abdur Wali. A native New Havener, Wali had grown up walking past Gateway Community College. “I would see the big blue sign saying GCC, and I would dream about being on that terrace,” he recalled.

    Wali didn’t know that Kendrick’s office was up there, or that she was there at all. That changed his first year, when he attended an event where she was speaking, and she instantly became “Dr. K” to him. She issued a call to action that stirred something in him, he said — an urge to push himself even harder academically. He became involved in student government, meeting with Kendrick weekly. When Wali asked her to add a letter to the Black Student Association time capsule, she used it as an opportunity to laud students in the association and to encourage them to use “hope, care, hard work and tenacity” in both their studies and their lives. 

    “There were many times after speaking with her I teared up and cried a little bit,” Wali said, speaking to Kendrick from across the ballroom. “In my mind and in my heart, I consider myself her and Mr. Kendrick’s adopted son ... you have lit the path, lightened the load, and provided a shining example for all of us to follow.”

    Room bursts into applause as Kendrick rose to give her remarks.

    When Kendrick rose to speak at the end of the evening, she kept her remarks brief, her voice wavering every few sentences as she choked back tears.   

    “This is hard, because it is bittersweet,” she began. She then invoked Luke 12:48 (“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”). “I really believe that I have an obligation to do as much as I can to make my little corner of the world the best that I have to give,” she said.

    Cake, a guest book, dancing and conversation awaited attendees after almost 90 minutes of remarks.

    “I know that my work has not been in vain,” she continued, pointing to Gateway’s most recent class of over 1,200 students. “To think that I may have made a difference for even one student makes the journey so much sweeter…. I want to thank God for giving me the life that I have, so that I could do the work that I did on behalf of the citizens of this community and for the state. I am grateful to have been of service.” 

    “I shall not say goodbye tonight, rather godspeed,” she added. “May the best that life has to offer come to each and every one of you. Thank you for being a part of my life, my vision, my hopes and dreams and aspirations for the last 18 years. I am humbled to have been able to serve.”

    Asked how he is planning to handle the transition, incoming Gateway Paul Broadie said that the end of Kendrick’s tenure marks “tremendous opportunity for both Housatonic and Gateway.” (He’ll be running both community college branches.) Broadie credited Kendrick with building “a strong foundation” for her successors and that he looks forward to relying on Gateway’s “exceptional faculty, staff and administration.” 

    Published 6/22/17: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/dorsey_kendrick_dinner/

  • 13 Feb 2017 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega salutes our chapter member Shelly Daniley Hicks, who is the February Survivor of the Month for Sisters' Journey.  Learn more about Shelly's path toward health and healing.  We honor all of our Theta Epsilon Omega members and women across the globe who navigate their journey with courage and conviction.

    You can read her story here:


  • 11 Jan 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter Member, Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor is among this list of esteemed early-career scientist.  Dr. Taylor, an associate professor of nursing at the Yale School of Nursing, is the first woman of color to earn tenure since the nursing school's 91 year history.  

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release

    January 09, 2017

    Today, President Obama named 102 scientists and researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
    “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”
    The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges. This year’s recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and the Intelligence Community. These departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.
    The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
    The newest recipients are:
    Department of Agriculture
    Michelle Cilia, USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Pankaj Lal, Montclair State University
    Michael Ulyshen, USDA Forest Service
    Department of Commerce

    Nicholas Butch, NIST Center for Neutron Research
    Mandy Karnauskas, NOAA Fisheries
    Anne Perring, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Corey Potvin, University of Oklahoma
    John Teufel, NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory
    Justin Zook, NIST Material Measurement Laboratory
    Department of Defense
    Michael Bell, Colorado State University
    Nurcin Celik, University of Miami
    Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University
    Shawn Douglas, University of California, San Francisco
    Christopher Dyer, DeepMind and Carnegie Mellon University
    Aaron Esser-Kahn, University of California, Irvine
    Sinan Keten, Northwestern University
    Jonathan Fan, Stanford University
    Danna Freedman, Northwestern University
    Thomas Harris, Northwestern University
    David Hsieh, California Institute of Technology
    Osama Nayfeh, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific
    Olukayode Okusaga, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory 
    Joseph Parker, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory 
    Adam Pilchak, Air Force Research Laboratory 
    Harris Wang, Columbia University
    Department of Education
    Daphna Bassok, University of Virginia
    Shayne Piasta, The Ohio State University
    Department of Energy
    Jonathan Belof, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Carl Dahl, Northwestern University
    Eric Duoss, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Anna Grassellino, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Jacqueline Hakala, National Energy Technology Laboratory
    Stephanie Hansen, Sandia National Laboratories
    Kory Hedman, Arizona State University
    Alan Kruizenga, Sandia National Laboratories
    Wei Li, Rice University
    Guglielmo Scovazzi, Duke University
    Michael Tonks, Penn State University
    Jenny Yang, University of California, Irvine
    John Yeager, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Gregory Alushin, Rockefeller University
    Manish Arora, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Dawn Cornelison, University of Missouri
    Kashmira Date, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Craig Duvall, Vanderbilt University
    Nicholas Gilpin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 
    Anna Greka, Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Pamela Guerrerio, National Institutes of Health
    Gery Guy, Jr., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Christine Hendon, Columbia University
    Catherine Karr, University of Washington
    Maria Lehtinen, Boston Children's Hospital
    Adriana Lleras-Muney, University of California, Los Angeles
    Mary Kay Lobo, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Michael McAlpine, University of Minnesota
    Eric Morrow, Brown University 
    Daniel O'Connor, Johns Hopkins University
    Aimee Shen, Tufts University
    Cui Tao, University of Texas
    Jacquelyn Taylor, Yale School of Nursing
    Benjamin Voight, University of Pennsylvania
    Matthew Wheeler, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Blake Wiedenheft, Montana State University
    Department of Interior
    Nathaniel Hitt, U.S. Geological Survey
    Sarah Minson, U.S. Geological Survey
    Diann Prosser, U.S. Geological Survey
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Adam Rose, RAND Corporation and Boston Medical Center
    Nasia Safdar, Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
    Joshua Yarrow, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Havala Pye, Environmental Protection Agency
    Sala Senkayi, Environmental Protection Agency
    Intelligence Community
    Matthew Dicken, U.S. Army
    Josiah Dykstra, National Security Agency
    James Kang, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    Jason Matheny, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    David Moehring, IonQ, Inc.
    R. Jacob Vogelstein, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Jeremy Bassis, University of Michigan
    Othmane Benafan, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Marco Pavone, Stanford University
    Miguel Roman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    National Science Foundation
    Alicia Alonzo, Michigan State University
    Randy Ewoldt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Emily Fox, University of Washington
    Jacob Fox, Stanford University
    Eric Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles
    Shawn Jordan, Arizona State University
    Ahmad Khalil, Boston University
    Oleg Komogortsev, Texas State University, San Marcos
    John Kovac, Harvard University
    Bérénice Mettler, University of Minnesota and icuemotion, LLC
    Jelani Nelson, Harvard University
    Elizabeth Nolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Michael Rotkowitz, University of Maryland, College Park
    Andrea Sweigart, University of Georgia
    Chuanbing Tang, University of South Carolina
    Aradhna Tripati, University of California, Los Angeles
    Franck Vernerey, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Juan Pablo Vielma Centeno, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Makeba Wilbourn, Duke University 
    Smithsonian Institution
    Nicholas Pyenson, Smithsonian Institution


    Whitehouse.gov Press Release: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/09/president-obama-honors-federally-funded-early-career-scientists

  • 31 Oct 2016 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Attorney Elicia Pegues Spearman who, in October 2016, received the Lifetime Humanitarian Service Award from Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC).  For over 30 years, KIEDC has met the needs of communities in the greater New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford areas.  The organization feeds thousands of needy families during the holidays, provides warm winter clothing, toys for needy children, youth development, and women empowerment training.  Attorney Spearman has served KIEDC, a nonprofit organization, as their pro bono Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer for over ten years.  She is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with over 25 years of uninterrupted  membership in the sorority.  Attorney Spearman is also a former president of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter.

  • 23 Feb 2016 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    New Haven NAACP celebrates stamp for black church founder

    New Haven Register, February 18, 2016

    By Ed Stannard, New Haven Register

    Greater New Haven Branch NAACP First Vice President Anthony Dawson, left, and President Dori Dumas, center, assist New Haven Postmaster Tom Sullivan unveil the USPS 39th commemorative edition Black Heritage stamp of Bishop Richard Allen during a ceremony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven Thursday.

    NEW HAVEN - For the Rev. Orsella Cooper-Hughes, the new Bishop Richard Allen postage stamp brings together her family history with her faith as a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  

    Her father, Daniel Cooper, worked in the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years and, as she told the members of the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP Thursday night, “I am A.M.E.-born, A.M.E.-bred, and when I die I’ll be A.M.E.-dead.”

    Cooper-Hughes, associate minister at Bethel, spoke at the unveiling of the new 49-cent “forever” stamp at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She was still brimming with excitement because she and her father traveled to Philadelphia on Feb. 2 for the stamp’s first-day ceremony at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, which Allen founded 200 years ago so that African-Americans would have a church in which to worship freely.

    “This to me was like Independence Day, this was like Christmas morning as far as I was concerned,” she said of the trip.

    Allen, who was born in slavery in 1760, led the black members out of St. George’s Methodist Church, where they were forced to sit in the balcony, to found their own church in 1787. It became the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816, the first denomination not founded for theological reasons.

    As Robert Gibson, a retired teacher at James Hillhouse High School, said, “In this case, the reason for the rise of the A.M.E. Church was American racism. If those Christians in that church (St. George’s) had acted like real Christians, then the blacks and the whites could have fellowshipped together.”

    While Sunday morning is often called the most segregated time of the week, Gibson said, “It didn’t have to be that way. Because what happened in St. George’s Church happened across the country.”

    Gibson talked about Allen’s legacy as a slave who bought his freedom for $2,000, worked as an abolitionist and on the Underground Railroad. “He was really dedicated to preaching the gospel … building up his community, developing his community. … What was really remarkable about him was that he had no bitterness,” Gibson said.

    Instead, he founded a denomination that has 7.5 million members in 39 countries and in 12,000 congregations. In Philadelphia, “they formed the first independent black denomination in the world,” Gibson said. “From that founding in 1816 the church grew, spread around the world.”

    Dori Dumas, president of the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church on Goffe Street, said Allen is not just “significant and important to the A.M.E. Church. … We felt it was very important that we share this with the greater community.”

    New Haven Postmaster Tom Sullivan said the Richard Allen stamp is the 39th in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage series. “What I love about black history is it brings to the youth the history I think we lose,” adding that the Allen stamp in particular represents “the tribulations and the triumphs (of) 7.5 million A.M.E. members throughout the world.”

    Bethel A.M.E. Church also plans a celebration of the stamp at its 10 a.m. Sunday service, after which the stamp will be available for sale.


  • 19 Mar 2015 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean co-authored a report critical to understanding the impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the future of voting rights.  The report provides data on minority voter turnout, racially polarized voting, policy outcomes by race, and the number of minority-elected officials from the enactment of the Voting Rights Act until today.  Click here to read the full report: 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics.

    She presented the report in Selma, Alabama in honor of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  A story about her Journey to Selma is available in the Inner City News and reprinted here.

    Dr. Brown-Dean recently received tenure status as an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

  • 19 Mar 2015 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    Announcement from the Yale University Comer School Development Program:

    Two Comer schools are the focus of an inspiring new documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville that aired on PBS (check local listings) in March of 2015.  The two-hour special was co-produced by South Carolina ETV and National Black Programming Consortium with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of "American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen," a public media initiative to stem the dropout crisis by supporting community-based solutions.

    180 Days: Hartsville is a panel discussion that includes an interview with Dr. Camille Cooper, the Comer School Development Program's Director of Teaching, Learning, and Development, who is leading the implementation of the Comer model in Hartsville.  

    Click here to learn more about 180 Days: Hartsville.

  • 19 Mar 2015 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter congratulates Dori Dumas on being showcased by the Yale University's Working Women's Network (WWN).  The WWN provides programs and resources to Yale University's women employees, and champions the exploration and pursuit of personal and professional goals in order to enhance their individual success while also furthering the advancement of the university.  Click here to read Mrs. Dumas' spotlight interview.  

  • 30 Nov 2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, associate professor of nursing at the Yale School of Nursing, is the first woman of color to earn tenure since the nursing school's 91 year history.  She was also recently awarded a $3.4 million grant to conduct a 5-year study on high blood pressure in African-American women and their young children, titled "Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure." 

    Related news articles:

    YSN Associate Professor Awarded National Institute of Nursing Research Grant

    Identifying the Causes of a Persistent Health Disparity: High Blood Pressure
    Among African-Americans

    Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure

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