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Berkeley College Assistant Dean Recognized at Father's Day Tribute Luncheon
New York Council Member Donovan Richards presents a proclamation to Sharod Tomlinson (on right), Berkeley College Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, in honor of his commitment to youth advocacy, community development, and higher education.
On Saturday, June 13, 2015, New York Council Member Donovan Richards honored pillars of the Queens community at an Inaugural Father’s Day Tribute Luncheon. Among those honored was Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, New York.
At the event, Mr. Tomlinson received a Proclamation in honor of his commitment to youth advocacy, community development, and higher education.
“Acknowledging and honoring the hard work of the men in our community sends an important message to our youth by highlighting their profound courage and unwavering commitment to progress and equality,” said Council Member Richards. “All of our honorees are role models for the next generation and their unyielding dedication is an inspiration to us all.”
Mr. Tomlinson spent seven years as the Youth Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Laurelton, Queens, where he now serves as Associate Minister and manages community outreach. He also has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City; Covenant House, a New York-based initiative that supports homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth; and Dean Kids Inc., an organization in Brooklyn that empowers youth through basketball and education.
In addition to serving as an Assistant Dean at Berkeley College, Mr. Tomlinson also was Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team for several years. He was named Co-Coach of the Year after a successful 2013-2014 season, which culminated in the team’s first-ever Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship. In 2009, he developed Berkeley Cares, a unifying identity for the various community service initiatives taking place at Berkeley College locations in New York and New Jersey.
“Sharod is an inspiration to our students,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We are proud of this recognition of such a deserving leader and educator.”
Mr. Tomlinson said he was proud to attend the Father’s Day Tribute Luncheon with his mother, his grandparents, and his church pastors. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York Senator James Sanders Jr. were also in attendance.
“I have been fortunate to work with and mentor countless youth and young adults in my community, throughout New York City, and in various other cities across this country,” Mr. Tomlinson said. “We must find the good in people and provide them with a chance in life and no matter how hard life has been for them. Everyone deserves an opportunity.”