Awards

New York State Senate, Brentwood, NY

Certificate of Recognition, February 2015

(NAACP) Islip Branch, Brentwood, NY

Living Legacy Award, January 2015

Of Colors Art Collective, Patchogue, NY

Community Impact Achievement Award, February 2014

The Greater Gordon Heights Chamber of Commerce

Special Recognition for Service, May 2012

Brookhaven Rosa Parks Assoc., Inc., East Setauket, NY

Agent of Change Award for Leadership. November 2010

Scholarships

New York Council for the Humanities

Invitational Facilitation Retreat Participant, February 2013

Museums In Conversation, Albany NY

Scholarship Award. April 2012

National Trust for Preservation, Buffalo NY

New York Scholar. October 2011

Immigration Delegation, Oaxaca, MX

Delegate. October 2011

Institute at Sagamore, Oneonta, NY

Accepted Applicant. September 2011

MODERATOR / REVIEWER / SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED

Sacred Spaces Symposium– Sag Harbor, NY
Archaeology-in Action observation and presentation on preserving sacred spaces. (co-planned with Allison Manfra McGovern, RPA) Symposium organized in conjunction with University of Minnesota Archaeological Field School at St. David AME Zion Cemetery, Eastville Community Historical Society, Sag Harbor, New York. 2014.

Symposium of African Diaspora Homegoing Traditions, A Multi-Cultural Exploration of Homegoing Celebrations of Life; Art and Archaeology of Death in African Diaspora -Southampton, NY. The
symposium was a multimedia program that explored death in the African Diaspora from archaeological and artistic perspectives. The symposium brought together educators, archaeologist, and musicians to teach communal responses to death, reveal cultural adaptation and resilience throughout African-American history. 2013

4-Week Lecture Series and Panel Discussion– Riverhead, NY
Special topics: (1) The Face of Forgiveness the Journey of mitigating senseless acts of violence and getting to peace and forgiveness. (2) Rocky Point’s African American Past: A Forgotten History Remembered through Historical Archaeology at the Betsey Prince Site. (3) Eastville Community, A Freed Black Working Community, Patterns and Themes. (4) “Digging” the Roots of Inequality: Archaeological Investigations of Ethnicity and Race on Long Island. 2013

Immigration Symposium, Witness for Peace – Sag Harbor, NY
Special topics: Immigrants’ contributions to and impact on our community and the economy, Reasons for migration, Immigration laws and their effects on immigrants, citizen, and communities, The human side of immigration: true stories of people living and Working in our community. 2012

National Think Tank For African American Progress– Stony Brook, NY
Special topics: The Future for Black girls on Long Island, observing obesity, mental health, violence and gang involvement, sexuality, criminal justice system and economic development among Black girls on Long Island. 2010

Empowering Minorities through Education, Research, Government and private Enterprise; Black Leadership Caucus – Coram, NY Special topics: Crime, youth empowerment, racial discrimination, jobs, housing and minority representation in local government. 2009