Albertus Magnus College Celebrates Black History Month

Albertus Magnus College Celebrates Black History Month

Albertus Magnus College celebrates Black History Month with a panel discussion February 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tagliatela Academic Center on the campus at 700 Prospect Street, New Haven. The program is part of the Tagliatela Business and Leadership Lecture Series: Honoring our Diversity.

Participating in the dialogue will be State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, and Albertus alumni Agnes Berry and Byron Reaves. Dr. Norman Davis, associate professor of management at Albertus and author of "The Black Quarterback Syndrome: How to Succeed as a First or Pioneer in an Organization," will be the moderator.

Holder-Winfield, who represents the 94th Assembly District of New Haven, was first elected to the General Assembly in 2008, and currently serves as the House vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Black and Hispanic Caucus. Originally from the Bronx, Holder-Winfield graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. degree in political science. He credits his experience of growing up in a tough environment, his father succumbing to drugs and watching his mother struggle as a single parent as the source of his passion for social justice.

As a child, Berry moved from South Carolina to New York City with her family and grew up in Harlem. The second oldest of ten children, she graduated from the New York High School of Art and Design, and then attended City College of New York. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 1982, with a major in psychology, and attended the University of Bridgeport. She went on to work at Yale University, several ACES-Area Cooperative Educational Services schools in the New Haven area, in the Bridgeport School System as a special education teacher, as a teacher at Sacred Heart/St. Peter's School in New Haven, and, currently, at the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Reaves graduated from Albertus Magnus College in December 2011, and is enrolled in a master's program in counseling at the University of Bridgeport. He is in his first season as a graduate assistant basketball coach for the women's basketball program at the University of Bridgeport and also is employed by the Continuum of Care in New Haven. He credits his mother, a mental health social worker, with instilling in him the importance of helping others, of giving back. The highlight of his successful three-year basketball career at Albertus came in 2010, when he made a half-court shot, with just two seconds left on the clock, to give Albertus its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, a 57-55 victory over the then seventh-ranked William Paterson University.

Davis, a member of the Albertus faculty since 1996, received a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska, M.A. from the University of New Haven and Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University. He spent more than 30 years in the corporate world before returning to school to get a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and development. His book "The Black Quarterback Syndrome" has been described as a "playbook for trailblazers." He also is a consultant on diversity and management issues.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at alumni@albertus.edu or by calling 203-773-8502.

On March 28, the third program in the Honoring our Diversity series will celebrate Women’s History Month.