InterFaith Works CNY Honors Three Syracuse City School District Students and a Staff Member

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By Nieves J. Alvarez, Communications Intern

Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism (CWD) is an InterFaith Works of Central New York program that has existed for over two decades and has encouraged dialogue to address racism in the United States. Every year it hosts the annual Racial Justice Award Ceremony. The Racial Justice Award celebrates and recognizes individuals who have served as advocates for racial justice. This year three Syracuse City School District students and staff member were honored.

The Racial Justice Award celebrates and recognizes individuals who have served as advocates for racial justice. Congratulations to our district recipients:

  • Abdulilah Al-Dubai, is a nationality worker at the Syracuse City School District and volunteers as the assistant director at the North Side Learning Center.
  • Cimone S. Jordan, is a junior at George W. Fowler High School. This past year she was a part of the CWD, working with peers and students from Skaneateles High School to address racial barriers between rural and urban schools. Jordan is also a part of Fowler’s Diversity Dialogue Club.
  • Wilauer Mateo, is a senior at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central and is a student in the Media Communications program.  He has also participated in community projects such as the Superintendent’s Cabinet, Youth Summit at Fowler High School and survey research for the CWD.
  • Ella Neville, is a senior at Nottingham High School. She was a peer facilitator with CWD this past fall. Ella is also a volunteer at Jowonio Pre-School helping children with cerebral palsy. 

Dubai, Jordan, Mateo, and Nelville were all honored at the ceremony held at the Syracuse Stage, Sutton Pavilion.

To view photos from the evening's celebration please click here.