PATCHOGUE, NY – FEBRUARY 24, 2009 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Long Island Coalition of Branches (NAACP-LICB) honored St. Joseph’s College President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. with its Centennial Award at the Ninth Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Suffolk Community College, Brentwood Campus in Brentwood, NY.
Brookhaven NAACP Branch President Rev. Beresford Adams presented S. Elizabeth Hill with this year’s centennial award for being an “unsung hero” in the community and for her tireless efforts to promote justice and equality, while supporting the advancement of people of all colors through education. The event, which marked the 100th anniversary celebration of the NAACP and welcomed more than 1,000 guests, included members of the Long Island business community as well as local elected officials. The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, served as keynote speaker.
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the NAACP, especially as it marks the anniversary of its 100th birthday on the heels of electing the nation’s first African-American president,” said S. Elizabeth Hill. “It is vital, now more than ever, that we commit ourselves to coming together to tackle civil rights issues and to promote a higher level of collective responsibility for the human condition of all.”
S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. has been president of St. Joseph’s College since 1997. An active member of the Long Island community, she sits on the College of Advisors for ERASE Racism and is on the Steering Committee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE). She is also on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), the Independence Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership (SNAP) and the Brookhaven Board of Ethics.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.