The Mt. Vernon Extension Center played host to the mayor of Mt. Vernon, Shawyn Patterson-Howard, on Feb. 27. The recently elected Patterson-Howard is the city’s first woman mayor. The event was among the last in the college’s celebration of Black History Month.
Speaking on the topic of “Making History and Reshaping Government,” the mayor addressed an audience of over 70 in the packed room that serves as the auditorium for the Mt. Vernon site. WCC’s President Belinda S. Miles was among the crowd of students, faculty, administrators, and community members that made up the audience.
The mayor spoke about her journey in public service, which included key leadership positions at area nonprofits and city agencies, and which has now brought her to the leadership of one of the largest cities in Westchester County. Her win last November marked a historic occasion, as she is the first black woman to be elected mayor in Westchester County.
During her keynote address, she shared reflections on growing up in Mount Vernon and overcoming personal challenges. Students were visibly engaged and asked many questions. The event ended with student leader Gabriella Quartey presenting the mayor with a certificate of appreciation for her service to the Westchester Community College Mount Vernon Extension Center.
(The Viking News is grateful to Janna Gullery, Asst. Director of the Mt. Vernon Extension Center, who contributed to this report.)