President Berger-Sweeney Honored at State NAACP Education Summit

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by CT Branches of Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Organization

Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney receives the Mary White Ovington−Ella Baker Lifetime Achievement Award from Joan Gibson, left, and Benjamin Foster, Jr. ’71 of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches. (Photo by John Atashian)

Hartford, Connecticut, June 28, 2016 – Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney received the Mary White Ovington−Ella Baker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches. The award was presented during the organization’s biannual Education Summit at Trinity’s Mather Hall on April 30.

Hosted by the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP, the event featured panel discussions with education professionals addressing the educational disparities among Connecticut’s students and ideas for better preparing students for careers, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Trinity College alumnus and former Trustee Benjamin Foster, Jr. ’71, who chairs the Education Committee of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches, joined in honoring Berger-Sweeney with the NAACP award.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The award presented to Berger-Sweeney is named for Mary White Ovington (1865-1951), suffragist, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP, and Ella Baker (1903-1986), civil rights and human rights activist who is widely considered one of the most important African American leaders of the 20th century.