Myra Sabir, assistant professor of human development, has been recognized with a Phoenix Award by Citizen Action of New York. Phoenix Awards honor “unsung heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place. The Phoenix is a symbol of life and hope emerging from the ashes of despair. It speaks to a willful determination to rebound, rebuild and renew our commitment to pursuing a better quality of life for all.”
Sabir has partnered with the YMCA and Trinity AME Zion Church, who gave her access to African American parolees and homeless men, to assist them via her Life Writing Project. She facilitates their perceptions of their experiences in writing, which results in the men directing their narratives into a positive, action-oriented manner to reconnect with their communities.