New College would like to congratulate Brenda Registe for receiving a 2021 Excellence Through Innovation Award for her exemplary work on the on the annual Black History Month Luncheon. Brenda is one of the founders of this event and received this recognition along with the rest of the organizing team. Brenda has been New College’s Alumni Development Officer since 2001.

The Excellence Through Innovation Awards recognize achievements by librarians and staff in a number of areas: enriching the student experience; promoting and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our activities; elevating the employee experience; improving administrative and operational processes; and fostering community connection. The projects nominated for this award are a testament to the talent and creativity of U of T’s employees and allow the university to evolve and to remain relevant, not only to our own community, but also to institutions around the world.

Growing in stature and impact over the past 20 years, the University’s annual Black History Month Luncheon is now one of the most highly anticipated events on the calendar. Organized by the Division of University Advancement, the event regularly features Afro-Caribbean music, gospel singers and a keynote guest speaker. It brings together hundreds of volunteers and guests—students, faculty and staff from across U of T’s three campuses—to eat, converse, and celebrate Black history and culture.

Congratulations to Brenda on this well-deserved recognition!