Social Work Professor Wins NYS Champion of Education Award

State Senator Reichlin-Melnick posing with Acquaye-Doyle with Champion of Education Award outside the Spring Valley High School

NYS Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick presented Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle with the Champion of Education Award during a ceremony on the grounds of the Spring Valley High School on September 26, 2021.

Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Work Program, received a Champion of Education Award from New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick.  She was presented with the award on September 26, 2021,  during a ceremony on the grounds of the Spring Valley High School.

Acquaye-Doyle said she was beyond humbled and honored to be among the recipients, “With all of the complexities around the world and the challenges that continuously face our vulnerable and marginalized communities, I do what I do because I feel like in some way, shape, or form, I am preparing the next generation of social work professionals – particularly those that are going to work within your schools, organizations, and agencies – that in some way I am giving back,” she said. “This is my way of helping make the world a better place.”

Acquaye-Doyle also thanked her students for helping her love what she does every day.  The purpose of the Champion of Education Award is to recognize and celebrate outstanding educators throughout the 38th Senate District who have made a difference in our community.  Acquaye-Doyle was one of eight recipients of the award.