At the April 4th General Meeting, Legislator Fleming was proud to award Hamra Deedee Ozsu with a proclamation for Suffolk County’s Diversity Champion for the Second District. Pursuant to IR 1757-22, introduced by Legislator Manuel Esteban, each Legislator is to select a member of the community who has exhibited excellence in advocating diversity and inclusion.
Ms. Ozsu, a first-generation Turkish American who teaches for the Bridgehampton School District, has taken the lead on a number of educational initiatives helping to improve student academic achievement and community events for ENL (English as a New Language) parents. She serves as the Director of the Elementary Student Government's Communication and Leadership Club, which has empowered students with decision-making roles and culturally responsive fundraising activities. The Elementary Student Government recently won the Grand Prize from the Rural Schools Association for a film highlighting their unique scholastic function and community skill-building impact.
Additionally, Ms. Ozsu puts together an assembly program showcasing programs that discuss culture and traditions from around the world, which encourages social diversity and understanding for students. Her unwavering commitment to promoting diversity in the Bridgehampton School District has made the community more welcoming for faculty, students, and parents. Legislator Fleming reflected, “Hamra is a good friend and I am so proud of the many talents she shares with students and parents as well as her steadfast committed to diversity .”
Featured: Leg. Fleming with Hamra Deedee Ozsu and husband