February 5, 2018

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Mayor David Dinkins was joined by current students (from left) Divya Sundaram, Hadiya Housepian, Joshua Elder, and Katarina Mayers.
Mayor David Dinkins was joined by current students (from left) Divya Sundaram, Hadiya Housepian, Joshua Elder, and Katarina Mayers.

Congratulations to David Dinkins, who received one of 10 lifetime achievement awards from City & State New York at the publication’s 50 Over 50 celebration.

The January 29 event recognized and thanked 50 civic leaders in a variety of fields “for making our city the greatest big city in America.”

Dinkins, a professor of professional practice in international and public affairs, was elected as New York City’s first African-American mayor in 1989. He went on to serve from 1990 through 1993 and joined the SIPA faculty shortly after leaving office.

Katarina Mayers MPA ’18 was one of four SIPA students who attended the celebration.

“It was so special getting to celebrate a man who has done so much for our school and this city,” she said. “It was the highlight of our last semester.”

Photo courtesy of Katarina Mayers.