Introduction of Recipient By Dean Thomas Hernández
Good afternoon and congratulations to all our honored students. The School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Achievement Graduate Award honors a graduating graduate student with a Brockport GPA above 3.85 and who has made a significant contribution to service or college-wide activities.
Kaleem Mogent exemplifies this award. He is receiving his Master’s degree in School Counseling here at SUNY Brockport through our Department of Counselor Education and does so having earned an impressive 3.93 overall grade point average. Throughout his time at Brockport, Kaleem has made significant contributions to the profession of Counseling, and this is not said lightly.
During his time with us here at Brockport, he served as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Counselor Education, assisting faculty with research and department initiatives. He was also responsible for coordinating the Western New York School Counselor Consortium Conference, an annual regional event, and was responsible for the design and publication of the department newsletter. He was also trusted by the faculty to conduct exit interviews with former students.
Kaleem also served as a Student Counselor at Brockport High School, providing individual and group counseling to grade 9-12 students to enhance their academic, career, and social and emotional success. He also served as a Student Counselor at Batavia High School and Middle School throughout the pandemic, providing in-person and virtual weekly individual and group counseling services. While at Batavia, he conducted research for his Master’s thesis recording the perceptions of students of color in Batavia High School.
Professionally, Kaleem worked closely on a consultation project with the Fairport Central School District school counselors to facilitate the development of their comprehensive school counseling program. He served as Communication Chair in Nu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society. Kaleem also serves on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board at Brockport, actively making recommendations to positively impact the experience of students here at our College.
Kaleem also conducted research on a project exploring a truly dark subject: Sex abuse by clergy. He has served as a speaker to Brockport High School teachers as part of an ongoing webinar series about the impact of systemic racism and segregation on school students of color. He founded the Department of Counselor Education Student-Faculty Climate Committee, an initiative that serves to advocate for and improve faculty/student communication. His leadership is truly evident, and we in the School are all certain that he will continue to make powerful contributions to our world.
Kaleem is the winner of the prestigious Joseph R. Kandor Nu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Award of Excellence, and won the Department’s Most Outstanding Entry Level Student award. At this time, it is an honor to present the School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Achievement Graduate Award to Kaleem Mogent.
Kaleem Mogent, Outstanding Graduate Student
The School of Education, Health, and Human Services Outstanding Graduate Award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who is matriculated in a program leading to a master’s degree or certificate of advanced study. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.85 and have made significant contributions to the profession and/or to the community in the field of graduate discipline (e.g. scholarly publication, leadership in the field, or outstanding clinical performance).
About Kaleem Mogent
Kaleem T. Mogent a native of The Bronx, NY is completing a master’s degree in counselor education, on the school counseling track, with a 3.93 GPA. Kaleem previously earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from SUNY Brockport (2018). Kaleem was an active student on campus beyond his studies, belonging to many organizations on and off campus including: Chi Sigma Iota NU Chapter Honor Society, where he served as the Communication & Awards Chair; a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board; a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Counselor Education; a member of the Western New York School Counselor Consortium; a player with Brockport Men’s Club Rugby; a member of the American School Counseling Association; a Certified Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator; a school counseling intern at Batavia High School; an EDC Student-Faculty Climate Committee Member; and most recently, the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Belonging to such prestigious and active organizations on and off campus, allowed Kaleem to be recognized with awards such as: EDC Most Outstanding Entry Level Student and The Joseph R. Kandor Nu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Award of Excellence. Kaleem was also the co-author of “Playing with Fire: Meanings and Perceptions of Clergy Sex Abuse” and was the principal researcher in the “Students of Color Perceptions of Batavia High School” capstone project. Upon graduation, Kaleem will be seeking employment in a K-12 setting where he will continue with his passion for equity, cultural humility, and providing valuable interventions for students that he serves. He aspires to remain involved in extracurricular activities such as honors societies, counseling associations, and serving the community through community organizations.