York College Alumnus Wins Fulbright
Dr. Ormond Brathwaite, a member of the York College/CUNY Class of 1982, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and will fulfill the prestigious award’s required service at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), in St. Lucia, assisting with the development of that college’s science curriculum in preparation for university status.
Dr. Brathwaite’s win comes at the same time as that of York Teacher Education professor, Dr. Linda Gerena who will fulfill her obligation in Spain.
Brathwaite, who is originally from the sister island of Barbados, is a chemistry professor at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He wanted to use his experience as a researcher and teacher in the sciences to help chart the burgeoning university’s course in that discipline. In addition to his appointment at Cuyahoga, Brathwaite also serves as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.
“It was my desire to contribute to the Caribbean as a native to this region,” he said. “I hope that I will broaden the horizon of all the scholars with whom I come into contact. “My education has allowed me and members of my family to achieve levels of success that I could not have dreamed of while I was growing up in Barbados.”
Brathwaite graduated from York with honors and as his scholarship soared he came to inspire even those who had inspired him as an undergraduate.
“We have always regarded Ormond as a real credit to our institution,” said professor emeritus, Dr. Leslie Lewis, with whom Dr. Brathwaite took his first microbiology class;and who invited him back to discuss his post-doctoral research in genetics at a faculty and student gathering at York more than a decade ago.
In addition to the Fulbright, Brathwaite has won other awards, among them, the Carnegie Foundation 2006 U.S. Professor of The Year, Ohio, award presented in Washington, DC.