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14 January 2020

Community Outreach Organizer and Student Leader Join Board of Trustees

SUNY Schenectady welcomes two new members to the College Board of Trustees.

Portrait of Damonni Farley in shirt and sweater, seatedDamonni Farley, a Schenectady County appointee, is a lifelong resident of the Electric City. A graduate of Schenectady High School, Farley is the Community Outreach Specialist for the Schenectady City School District, where he oversees a school and community empowerment program that he designed. As a descendant of generations of community organizers and civil rights activists, Farley uses his background and experience to empower the disenfranchised, as well as build bridges among cultures, geographic barriers, religious beliefs, and social economic status. He is the Founder of Common Thread Consultants, which works with educational institutions on meaningful community engagement and culturally responsive practices.

In 2014, he drew from his extensive experience working in the national programs Youth Build and AmeriCorps to cofound M.O.C (Miracle on Craig Street), with the primary focus of opening a robust community center in the Craig Street neighborhood. He is frequently invited to present at national, state, and local conferences on his innovative work. He also serves as a technical advisor to numerous community groups and committees, including Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Capital Region Youth Justice Team (CRYJT), and Boys Day Out (BDO). Farley has also been actively engaged with the Schenectady County Strengthening Families Committee and serves on the City of Schenectady Affirmative Action Board. Through his involvement with the school district, he was selected as a committee member for a local Trauma Informed Care Group.

Portrait of Hannah Daignault in black shirt, seated

Hannah Daignault is the newly elected student Trustee. Hannah, who is majoring in Nutrition, is a graduate of Burnt Hills –Ballston Lake High School. She is a member of the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, having previously served as its President. Prior to serving as Student Trustee, Hannah was a Senator on the Student Government Association.

Hannah plans to graduate from SUNY Schenectady this May and then pursue her bachelor’s degree in biomedicine. She then intends to attend medical school to become a pediatric surgeon.

She welcomes the opportunity to serve her classmates as the only student member of the Board of Trustees. “I love the idea of bettering the communication between the administration and the students,” she said. “I look forward to advocating for the student body.”

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