Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community and Civility - Recipients 2017-2018

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The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community and Civility

Recipients 2017-2018

The Committee for Community & Diversity
is pleased to announce the RECIPIENTS of the Thirteenth Annual

Elaine Brantley Memorial Award
for Community & Civility


Lisa Cazzola

Sonya Jones

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. 


Lisa Cazzola is Associate Director of Administration and Operations, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project .  She joined the Teachers College community October 17, 2011. Lisa is in her 6th year at TC! 

Sonya Jones is the IT Training and Communication Coordinator in the department of Computer Information Systems.  She joined the Teachers College community February 14, 2008. Sonya is in her 9th year at TC! 


The Elaine Brantley Award
 Selection Committee reviewed nominations of many highly commendable candidates.  These three recipients were selected after a thorough and rigorous selection process including reviewing written descriptions of the nominees’ candidacy and interviewing community members both within and outside of their respective departments. 

The Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community & Civility will be presented during the President’s State of the College Address to be held October 18, 2017, 3:30pm in the Joyce Berger Cowin Center Auditorium. We hope that all members of the TC community will come to the event to recognize Lisa and Sonya, to honor the memory of Elaine Brantley, and to acknowledge striving for community and civility at Teachers College.

Please join us in congratulating Lisa Cazzola and Sonya Jones for receiving this significant honor! 

Elaine Brantley (April 29th, 1949 – June 9th, 2003)

E‌laine Webster Brantley was born and raised in Harlem, where she was educated at Washington Irving High School and worshiped 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.