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Manhattanville College Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:32


Geoffrey Anderson, Sister Beth Dowd, and Rabbi Amiel WohlGeoffrey Anderson, Sister Beth Dowd, and Rabbi Amiel Wohl. Photo by Paula Markowitz WittlinManhattanville College’s Duchesne Center hosted more than 300 people from Westchester and Fairfield counties at the annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 21.

“This event is another example of Manhattanville’s support of and engagement in the local community as an institute of higher education,” said Rev. Wil Tyrrell, director of the Duchesne Center and the College’s Catholic chaplain.  

“How very good it is when brothers and sisters can live together in community, no conformity,” Rev. William Crawford and Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman said explaining this year’s theme, “Building the Mosaic.”

More than 100 organizations, including the Duchesne Center, and the founding sponsor the American Jewish Community of Westchester sponsored the breakfast to honor the diversity of America’s religious community and political organizations. The breakfast first started after the attacks of September 11, 2001 as a resolution to the religious tensions in America, this is the fifth year it has been hosted at Manhattanville.

This year’s honorees were Geoffrey Anderson, who helps housing discrimination through his organization Westchester Residential Opportunities, Sister Beth Dowd, who started Songcatchers which provides children in the area with affordable music classes, and Rabbi Amiel Wohl, who has created and served on several organizations that reach out to diverse communities. All three were given kaleidoscopes as recognition of their work.

In addition to the honorees attendees also got to enjoy Manhattanville’s vocal pop group, The Quintessentials, and the Mosaic Choir, which was made up of young children from the area. Table discussions on diversity and community were also facilitated during the breakfast.

Guests for this year’s event included Manhattanville President Jon Strauss, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-35, Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

This event also highlights Manhattanville’s commitment to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The College is among the first 110 schools to be considered a first generation partner of the challenge.