The Staten Island Branch of the New York Urban League honored College of Staten Island President Dr. Tomás Morales with its Education Award last Friday at its annual Mills G. Skinner Awards Luncheon.

Dr. Morales commented, “I am proud to receive this honor from the New York Urban League and to support the League’s important contributions toward ensuring that all students have the equal opportunity to receive a quality education.”

Other honorees included Fran Reali (Health and Social Welfare Award), Betsy Dubovski and Mark Irving (Charles Langere Community Service Award), Serena Brothers-Mohamed (Clarence “Butch” Mangin Award), and Asia Tyi McCleary-Gaddy (Chancellor Richard R. Greene Award).

According to a press release, the Staten Island Branch of the New York Urban League was established in 1964 and since then “has grown and developed into a program which teaches youth how to become agents for change in their home and community… The New York Urban League serves all residents of Staten Island, with a special focus on those underserved and underrepresented…Each year over 200 high school students participate in leadership workshops on such topics as effective conflict resolution, global citizenship, and educational and career options. We continue to look to these young leaders to be the catalyst of change for their community.”