Joseph Awadjie (Far Left), Venida Browder (Left), Beverly Emers (Middle), Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr. (Right), President Thomas Isekengbe (Far Right).
Today, the University Student Senate Chair & CUNY Trustee, Joseph Awadjie, joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Community College President Thomas Isekenegbe, and the mother of the late Kalief Browder at Bronx Community College (BCC) to honor Beverly Emers, the inaugural recipient of the Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship.
Kalief Browder spent three years at Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime, enduring almost two years of solidarity confinement. Subsequently, Kalief enrolled at Bronx Community College but battled with depression and mental trauma resulting from his incarceration and years of solitary confinement at Rikers Island.
The Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship will honor Kalief's legacy and provide financial support and mentorship to previously incarcerated BCC students. We, at the University Student Senate, are moved by Kalief's determination for prison reform and his steadfast commitment to telling his story. USS is proud to have been an integral part of the scholarship's organizing committee.
Kalief Browder was, and remains, an inspiration to all of us at #CUNY.