2009 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Alisty Joy Keneth
Passionate, committed and engaging, Alisty Joy Keneth makes a difference every day in students’ lives. A decade ago, she set out to address the growing need to adapt to the ethnic and cultural changes of Long Island. Since then, she has taught, coached and encouraged students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members to embrace the diversity that defines our region.
Driven by a deep sense of justice, Keneth is unafraid to act on behalf of those who can’t. Through her many programs, including “Hate Crime 101: The Continuum of Prejudicial Behavior,” Keneth provides personnel and student training to 61 percent of Long Island’s school districts. She conducts ongoing diversity sensitivity training and bias mediation services for probation and community service-based providers. She also participates on several town and county anti-bias task forces, conference planning committees and event organizing panels.
Through the years, she has worked in conjunction with Nassau and Suffolk Police Departments’ bias crime units and district attorneys’ offices in assisting victims of hate crimes and conducting interventions for hate crime perpetrators. She also has trained personnel from agencies that serve Long Island’s youth, including Nassau BOCES and Project P.A.T.C.H. character education professional development.
Keneth serves on the Educational Advisory Council of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. In addition, she is a planning committee member for the Council for Prejudice Reduction and an advisory board member of Human Rights Awareness Day for the Nassau County Human Rights Commission. Currently she is working with the Nassau County Police Department’s Task Force on Bias Crimes on an educational video about hate crimes that will be included in the curriculum of middle and high schools.
A psychology major at SUNY College at Old Westbury, Keneth received extensive training in antibias, youth violence and gang awareness through Erase Racism, Hofstra University, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Council for Reducing Prejudice and Safe and Supportive Schools and Community Consortium.