Congratulations to Prof. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz!

Elizabeth Sanders | August 3, 2012

Yolanda Sealey-RuizJoin us in congratulating English Education’s Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, one of the recipients of this year’s Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community & Civility.

The Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community & Civility seeks to recognize Teachers College employees who, by virtue of their daily efforts go beyond the expectations of their position, promote a sense of community and a culture of civility at the College.

The award hopes to raise the awareness of individual contributions to community and civility at TC, show appreciation for those individuals who contribute to the realization of these goals, and recognize those who excel in making Teachers College a better place to work and learn.  All Teachers College employees, including faculty, professional staff, union staff, part-time staff, and administration, are eligible to receive this award.

Elaine Webster Brantley (April 29th, 1949 – June 9th, 2003) was born and raised in Harlem, where she was educated at Washington Irving High School and worshipped at the Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ. Elaine was married to Ulysses Brantley and had one daughter, Eboné Chemise Brantley. Elaine was a cashier in the cafeteria at Teachers College for 24 years, but she was much more than a dedicated employee. Elaine was a favorite among students, faculty, and staff alike. She was good therapy, a reason to come to work in the morning, and a good friend.

At her memorial program, a quote by Mother Teresa reflected the beauty of Elaine’s gift: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless.” In this spirit, the Committee for Community and Diversity wishes to honor the memory of Elaine Brantley by recognizing others who continue her legacy of inspiring warmth, kinship, and collaboration within the Teachers College community.

This year’s recipients are Evelyn Cardona, Administrative Assistant in the Office of School and Community Partnerships; Dr. Thomas Rock, Executive Director of Enrollment Services and Adjunct Professor of Higher Education; and Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education. The Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community & Civility will be presented during the State of the College Address to be held on October 24, 2012, at 3:30pm in the Cowin Center Auditorium. We hope that all members of the TC community will come to the event to recognize Eve, Tom and Yolanda, to honor the memory of Elaine Brantley, and to acknowledge striving for community and civility at Teachers College.