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UFT Pride Committee scholarship brunch

Councilman Dromm gets top honor

Teacher Jennifer Elliot (left) and student honoree Angel Caraballo (holding plaqPat ArnowTeacher Jennifer Elliot (left) and student honoree Angel Caraballo (holding plaque) with other students from Careers in Sports HS.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm, a former teacher and the current chair of the CityPat ArnowCity Councilman Daniel Dromm, a former teacher and the current chair of the City Council’s Finance Committee (right) listens to Rashad Brown, the UFT Pride Committee co-chair and a chapter advocate remarks. City Councilman Daniel Dromm, a former teacher and the current chair of the City Council’s Finance Committee, received the Vanguard Award, the UFT Pride Committee’s highest honor, at its inaugural Daniel Dromm Scholarship Brunch on June 2. Dromm “has been on the forefront of LGBTQ activism since as early as his career as a teacher,” said Rashad Brown, the UFT Pride Committee co-chair and a chapter advocate. “As an out teacher, he had to endure criticism and maltreatment within his school community. Now as a City Council member and former head of the Education Committee, he has placed an emphasis on an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.” Brown also cited Dromm’s work organizing the Queens Pride celebration and forging a partnership with the city’s Department of Education to hold yearly LGBTQ workshops on Chancellor’s Day. Craylyn Dillard-Skinner from PS 88 in the Bronx, one of the more than 100 UFT members who gathered at UFT headquarters in Manhattan for the event, said Dromm had the UFT’s support as an educator when he needed it. “That support allowed him to continue with his career in education and eventually move on to the political realm,” she said. “The event demonstrated the power of our union and why it is important that we are able to maintain it.” Mindy Rosier, a teacher at PS 811 in Manhattan who attended the brunch, said, “There is a special place in my heart for Councilman Danny Dromm and I love that we awarded two students with a scholarship named after him.” The committee also awarded scholarships to two students from the Careers in Sports HS in the Bronx for their exceptional grades and LGBTQ advocacy. The school’s Genders and Sexualities Alliance also was recognized for piloting the Cops+Conversations program with the New York Police Department, developing videos for LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and helping the school host the DOE’s first Healthy Relationships Celebration in the fall of 2017. That all three honors were bestowed upon a single school “speaks volumes to the work this school is doing in the lives of LGBTQ youth,” Brown said.

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