Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the Graduate Center Alumni of the Year Award from the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Halkitis, who has been part of the CUNY community since the mid-1980s, has devoted his life’s work to research, activism, and education for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer / questioning) populations. His work has followed such topics as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and mental health, and how these topics are influenced by psychiatric and psychosocial factors.
[Photo: Dr. Perry N. Halkitis]
“This award is bestowed upon those who have excelled in their chosen field and whose endeavors reflect our values and mission,” says Dr. Chase F. Robinson, president of the Graduate Center. “A panel of alumni peer volunteers have selected our honorees for this year.”
While Dr. Halkitis’ numerous accomplishments are just cause for celebration, he continues to look to the future. Today, his insights help shape the foundational experiences of a new generation of public health professionals, through his visionary leadership as dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and as the director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS). “Our goal at Rutgers is to help steer the discipline, conducting state-of-the-art and rigorous scholarship with and for the populations we study and with contextual understanding of their circumstances,” says Dr. Halkitis.
The City University of New York’s Graduate Center Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Halkitis on Wednesday, November 15.