Annual Awards Reception
ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY & EDUCATION JUSTICE LECTURE
Each spring, ELC hosts an awards ceremony and reception to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to public education. The reception is also an important fundraising event; contributions and proceeds from ticket sales help maintain ELC as a champion of educational equity.
This year ELC’s annual fundraiser was held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights in Washington DC, kicked off the event with a lecture at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick. Mr. Henderson’s remarks focused on a range of education topics, from achievement gaps to the importance of preschool and the "silent scandal" of many school districts' suspension and expulsion policies that feed "the prison-industrial complex." He noted that American schools are highly segregated by race and class and that African Americans and Latinos are over-represented in the prison population and under-represented in higher education.
Following the talk, ELC hosted a reception across the street at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The reception featured a variety of food and wine.
Two awards were presented at the reception: the Morheuser Humanitarian Award and the Education Justice Award.
- The Morheuser Humanitarian Award honors dedication to the advancement of the educational rights of students in New Jersey’s public schools and is presented in memory of the late Marilyn Morheuser, ELC’s long-time Executive Director and advocate for education justice. This year, the award was given to the law firm White & Case. Dozens of attorneys at the firm have provided thousands of hours of invaluable pro bono service to ELC and our clients on a wide range of issues, including special education, school funding, and school facilities.
- The Education Justice Award honors commitment to expanding equal educational opportunity for public school children across the U.S. This year the award was given to Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights in Washington DC, to honor his outstanding service and dedication to education justice. Previous winners have included Diane Ravitch, noted educator and New York University Professor, Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP and Kurt Landgraf.
For more information about the event, please contact Cynthia Triminio-Batista, Fundraising & Event Coordinator, at 973.624.1815 Ext. 12 or email@example.com.