NAACP Names Norwalk Community College CEO, Cheryl De Vonish
Among the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut
(Norwalk, CT) October 29, 2021— The Connecticut Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) named Cheryl C. De Vonish, J.D., Chief Executive Officer of Norwalk Community College (NCC), among the 100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut for 2021.
“It’s an honor to be recognized among this year’s NAACP Honorees,” said Cheryl. “For over 100 years, the NAACP’s mission to ensure educational and political equality, and remove the barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process, has been at the core of each civil rights milestone. I am grateful to the Connecticut NAACP for acknowledging my work, and for advancing the mission of achieving equity for all.”
The NAACP celebrates Cheryl as one of the state’s “renowned influencers and trailblazers who often go unrecognized for their exceptional work in the community.”
Through her academic, professional, and volunteer work, Cheryl remains committed to issues of diversity, equity, and partnership with community organizations working to advance social justice initiatives. Through her ongoing work with the UPLIFT program, Cheryl has continued to work with Men of Color (MOC) to acknowledge the equity gap that disproportionality affects MOC and work to support them within our community. During UPLIFT’s pilot program, 42 out of 45 students (ranging from ages 18 to 45) persisted with a 3.04 grade point average; four students, who were in their last semester at NCC, have gone on to four-year universities to earn their bachelor’s degree. Her dedication to the program has helped it continue for the full 2021-2022 academic year, featuring workshops on topics such as academic planning, goal setting, and career exploration.