Diversity Initiatives - Sankofa Awards

Sankofa Award"The concept of SANKOFA is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Afrika. SANKOFA is expressed in the Akan language as "se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki."  Literally translated it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot".  "Sankofa" teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. "

"Visually and symbolically "Sankofa" is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth."  http://www.duboislc.net/SankofaMeaning.html

The Sankofa Awards are presented during STCC's Black History Month Sankofa Achiever's Series of Events to STCC employees who have helped create a culture of inclusion at the College.


  •  James Lightfoot
  • Lori Goodreau.


  • Vonetta Lightfoot
  • Maria Zayas-Bonilla


  • Eric Brown, Faculty/Department Chairperson, Psychology
  • Deborah Heath Carpenter, Director of Academic Advising


  • Dr. Ira H. Rubenzahl, President


  • Anthony Curto, Event Coordinator, Facilities Department
  • Amy Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
    Advisor, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance


  • Margaret Richardson, Technical Assistant II, School of Health & Patient Simulation
    Coordinator of STCC's Annual Soul Food/Jazz Luncheon
  • Lawrence Slezak, Dept. Chair of Fine Arts / Director of the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery
  • Joan Thomas, Director of Marketing


  • Cecelia Gross, Department Chair History/Political Science
  • Richard Parkin, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs