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Daughters of Desmond Tutu Participate in 'Celebrate and Advance' Events on Downtown Campus

On Monday, September 23, the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu visited the downtown campus of the University at Albany. Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe traveled to Albany from their respective homes in Tennessee and South Africa to take part in Celebrate and Advance, a weeklong University-wide celebration that culminated in the inauguration of UAlbany's 19th President, Robert J. Jones, PhD.

During the day, the sisters, passionate actors for peace and social justice themselves, met with students from the Schools of Criminal Justice, Public Health and Social Welfare. In the evening they took part in a community conversation presented by UAlbany's College of Computing and Information, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Public Health, and the School of Social Welfare. The Page Hall event drew more than 450 participants from the campus and Capital Region communities.

Celebrate and Advance was an opportunity to celebrate UAlbany's honored past while advancing its future. In the week leading up to the installation ceremony, departments from across campus hosted special events that highlighted the University's notable strengths in research and scholarship, vibrant academic and campus life, diversity that enriches learning, and community engagement and humanitarianism.

View photos from the Tutu sisters' classroom visits

View photos from the dialogue with the Tutu sisters at Page Hall