MAGISTRATE HONORED — Oneida County Magistrate Jawwaad Rasheed, right, is honored after receiving the Catalyst Award by the InterFaith Works and El Hindi Center for Dialogue. Joining Rasheed are, from left, Utica YWCA Board President Dietra Harvey and ceremony speaker Michael Bennett, of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo submitted)

Magistrate receives Catalyst Award

Published Mar 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

Oneida County Magistrate Jawwaad Rasheed has been honored by the InterFaith Works and El Hindi Center for Dialogue in Syracuse with the Catalyst Award, in recognition for his work in advancing social and racial equity.

Rasheed holds a number of positions in the community: board member of the Syracuse Academy of Science; vice president, 100 Black Men; co-director, Junior Frontiers; and president, Mohawk Valley Frontiers, the organization said in an announcement honoring the Oneida County magistrate.

The award was presented at the 2017 Racial Justice Award Ceremony, held on March 1, at the Syracuse Stage.

Since 1976, InterFaith Works has been developing the capacity for cross-cultural dialogue leading to community action and/or public policy change, the organization reports on its website. In 1995, IFW initiated the Community Wide Dialogue to bring community members together for discussion and action.