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MCC Trustee Chair Emerita Dr. Alice Holloway Young to Receive N.Y. State Senate’s Highest Honor

March 19, 2021

Dr. Alice Holloway Young

Rochester, NY – Today, Sen. Samra Brouk will honor Dr. Alice Holloway Young with the Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate. Brouk will be joined by Monroe Community College Interim President Katherine Douglas, Ed.D. Media are encouraged to attend in person. Please practice masking and social distancing.

WHAT: Liberty Medal ceremony for Dr. Alice Holloway Young

WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday, March 19

WHERE: R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus,  1000 E. Henrietta Road

Parking is available in the visitors’ lot as well as lots A and K (map). Enter via the lower level of the Spina Administration Building. For safety purposes, guests, including media, are required to wear a mask, bring photo ID, and respond to a few COVID-19-related screening questions at the entrance.

“Dr. Alice Holloway Young has always played an important role in my life and has had a profound impact on shaping who I am today, and I am not alone in this experience,” Brouk said. “Through her work with the Rochester City School District and Monroe Community College, Dr. Young played a life-changing role in the lives of thousands of children and adults in our community. Her work will impact families in our region for generations to come. I credit her mentorship as a part of why I now serve as the first Black female senator for Senate District 55. It is my honor and my privilege to be able to bestow the Senate’s highest honor, the Liberty Medal, to Dr. Young.”

“On behalf of the Monroe Community College family, I extend our congratulations to Dr. Alice Holloway Young, a trailblazing champion of community college education and an enthusiastic supporter of MCC students for the past six decades,” Douglas said. “Because of her extraordinary leadership and her commitment to ensuring access to education for all Rochesterians, the lives of more than half a million students at MCC have been transformed. She is a role model and inspiration to students and educators alike.”

Holloway Young started her career with the Rochester City School District in 1952 and has had a profound impact on education for over 50 years. She was among the first African American teachers in the region and the first African American to hold the titles of reading specialist, vice principal, and principal for RCSD. Additionally, she wrote and supervised the Rochester City School District’s first integration programs, including the Urban-Suburban program.

As a founding trustee of Monroe Community College and its chair from 1978 to 1998, Holloway Young shaped the direction of the college. The College established the Dr. Alice Holloway Young Internship Program in her honor to support students from underrepresented groups.

New York State Sen. Samra Brouk represents the 55th District. She serves as the chair of the Mental Health Committee and sits on Health, Education, Elections, Women’s Issues, Aging, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse committees.

Media Contact
Hency Yuen-Eng