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Philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford presents honorary degree to NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña at LIU Brooklyn Commencement

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LIU Brooklyn honored Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at its Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2016, at the Barclays Center. The distinguished philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford presented an honorary degree to Chancellor Fariña, who is a native of Brooklyn and began her career there. LIU has partnered with Mr. Sanford and the New York City Department of Education to lead the advancement of two innovative education programs based on Mr. Sanford’s vision. LIU’s work as a leading member of the Sanford Education Collaborative is transforming the way more than 16,000 children learn in 1,835 classrooms across the region. Pictured, left to right: Carmen Fariña, T. Denny Sanford, Kimberly Cline.Brooklyn, N.Y. (May 13, 2016) – LIU Brooklyn honored Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at its Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2016 at the Barclays Center. The distinguished philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford presented an honorary degree to Chancellor Fariña at the ceremony.

LIU has partnered with the Sanford Education Collaborative to lead the advancement of two innovative education programs based on Mr. Sanford’s vision. LIU’s work as a leading member of the Sanford Education Collaborative is transforming the way more than 16,000 children learn in 1,835 classrooms throughout the region. The Sanford Education Collaborative is administered by National University under the leadership of Dr. Michael Cunningham.

“Chancellor Fariña has served the City of New York with distinction for 50 years,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “The Chancellor has been tireless in her advocacy on behalf of New York City’s schoolchildren. LIU is proud to honor our graduates and to join with T. Denny Sanford in celebrating our exceptional honoree.”

As Chancellor, Fariña has led a far-reaching effort to engage parents and families in the educational process and ensure collaboration, trust, and accountability within the City’s public schools. Chancellor Fariña began her career in her native Brooklyn as a teacher at elementary school P.S. 29. She has worked in virtually every capacity during her 50-year career in public education, from teacher and principal to district superintendent and deputy chancellor, leading up to her appointment as Chancellor by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014.

In her keynote address at the LIU Brooklyn Commencement, Chancellor Fariña said, “I was delighted to accept this invitation because of my personal and enduring connection with LIU Brooklyn. As a teacher, I was fortunate to take Saturday courses at LIU that informed my instruction. As Chancellor, I’ve been impressed by LIU’s willingness to work with many of our Brooklyn high schools, and so much more. This includes the university’s advancement of the Sanford Harmony Program, which supports the social-emotional learning of children, and the Sanford Inspire Program, which offers professional development to support the work of inspiring teachers.”

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Posted 05/13/2016

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