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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Award

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

His call for direct action through non violent civil disobedience has forever shaped American civil rights law and international human rights law.


Keynote Speaker

Damian Travier, Director of Education and Leadership Development, joined the Jackie Robinson Foundation in September of 2006. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of the Foundation's programmatic initiatives and serves as primary liaison for the organizations corporate partners.

Mr. Travier has spent much of his professional career working with youth and community. He was Youth Development Director for an inner-city housing development during his time as a VISTA Volunteer. He has also been Program Manager for the New York City Partnership in Lower Manhattan, where he was involved in early planning for NYC's bid to host the Olympics in 2012. Mr. Travier has been a board member for numerous organizations and partnerships, including the White House Initiative on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and the Syracuse University Mentor Mentee Association (SUMMA). He was recently appointed to the board of directors for Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem, NY.