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April 2, 2012

Metropolitan Mentor David Fullard Recognized at Black History Month Event at Monroe College

David Fullard, Metropolitan Center

David Fullard, a mentor with the Metropolitan Center, was recently recognized by the School of Criminal Justice and Office of Career Advancement at Monroe College, with a Celebration of History award. He was one of nine people active in the justice system, politics or human services given an award as part of that college’s Black History Month observance, “Making History in Criminal Justice and Human Services.”

Fullard, who mentors in social theory, social justice and change, community and human service and public affairs, conducts many studies in criminal justice. He is a former New York City Department of Corrections captain, who retired from the department after 29 years of service.

“Black History Month gives us an occasion to recognize the historical importance of the contribution of African Americans to this country,” said Michele Rodney, Esq., dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Monroe College. “But it is also important to acknowledge the current ‘history makers’ among us. The young people of today need to know about Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but we must make it relevant to them today, and acknowledging, applauding and saluting the nine honorees selected was important for our students and larger college community to appreciate their contributions today.”

Fullard has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the School of Visual Arts. For a time, he was the official photographer for the Eleo Pomare dance troupe, and his photos are part of the permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. Fullard also holds a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College (CUNY) and a Ph.D. in the same area from Union Institute and University.

“When I was very young, my parents believed education was the key to my future,” he told the students and others assembled for the celebration. “They instilled this in me and made it their ultimate focus. Certainly, as an adult, their sacrifices at the time are much more obvious to me now – and make no mistake, they did sacrifice. Early in my life I made a commitment to my family – and ultimately to myself – to make the most of any viable opportunity to excel in both my academic and professional lives.” He encouraged the students to persevere, even though, “for some of you, the path may not seem as clear or run anywhere near as straight.”

“Dr. Fullard's passion, commitment and sense of purpose as demonstrated throughout his life made him a perfect candidate for our Celebration of Excellence award,” Rodney said.  “He knows from whence he came and stands proudly for what he has been able to achieve, and supports and brings others along to be their best.” Fullard is the recipient of a number of other honors and awards.

Last year, he started the Dr. David A. Fullard Opportunity Scholarship. This scholarship was created to provide male African American students with financial need enrolled in the Metropolitan Center with educational opportunity that might otherwise exceed their reach.  Preference is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to use their education to benefit their communities.

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