Downtown Campus Welcomes Desmond Tutu's Daughters

On September 23, the downtown campus welcomed Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, daughters of South African social rights activist and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu as part of Celebrate and Advance, the University's celebration that led up to the inauguration of UAlbany's 19th President, Robert J. Jones, PhD.

Early in the day, the sisters, both renowned social crusaders in their own right, visited classrooms on the Downtown and East campuses. Naomi Tutu visited Professor Frankie Bailey's Race and Crime class. Later that evening, both sisters joined President Robert Jones for an informal discussion and a conversation with the community. The event drew nearly 450 guests from the University and local communities.

Throughout Celebrate and Advance week, units across all of the UAlbany campuses held events and activities to highlight the outstanding research, teaching, and service being done by our students, faculty and staff.