Rev. Forrest Pritchett receives the Humanitarian Award for Civic Advocacy from the American Conference on Diversity.
Rev. Forrest M. Pritchett, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects in Freshman Studies and Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program, has been honored with three awards in recognition of his lifetime of leadership in the community and dedication to combatting racial issues. The American Conference on Diversity awarded him the Humanitarian Award for Civic Advocacy, the New Jersey Black Issues Convention celebrated his work with the Community Change Award for Education, Alpha Phi Alpha presented him with its Faculty Achievement Award, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education selected him for its Educator Impact Award.
An esteemed activist and career servant leader, Rev. Pritchett has inspired generations of students through his role as a faculty mentor and adviser to numerous campus organizations in addition to more than 40 years of service to the Seton Hall University community. His career in higher education spans 50 years.
The American Conference on Diversity's Humanitarian Award recognizes Rev. Pritchett's commitment to inclusivity. The organization celebrated his embodiment of its mission to empower individuals and institutions to address issues of bias and discrimination and advocate for meaningful social change in our communities.
Rev. Pritchett served on the group's planning committee for the Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference, adding a student panel to the conference format to give students with significant challenges like immigrant status or disability a voice and forum for discussion. Feeling passionate about cultivating a civic-minded student body, he worked with the University through The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute to provide five Seton Hall servant leaders the opportunity to attend the conference.
NJBIC presented him with the Community Change Award as an individual who engages in transformative work to help reduce or eliminate disparities. First convened in 1983, the Convention establishes a network of predominantly black organizations in New Jersey and sponsors annual conventions to discuss critical issues affecting the black community. "My wife and I do a lot of work with our local community," said Pritchett. "We are involved in programs to support teenagers who have bumped up against the criminal justice system, and we set up early child development centers that give young children a head start in their education."
The first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, Alpha Phi Alpha, similarly recognized Rev. Pritchett for his work in the higher education community. The fraternity actively seeks to supply vision and voice to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.
"Dr. Rev. Pritchett has been an incredible servant leader at Seton Hall University," said Karen Boroff, interim provost. "We have been blessed by his wisdom, and nurtured by his spiritual guidance. He has been a mentor and teacher to thousands of Setonians, and we are a better institution because of him."
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