Colonie mom and DEI advocate honored by Governor Hochul

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Governor Hochul poses for a photo with Colonie PTA President Keshana Owens-Cody

In honor of Women’s History Month, the contributions of Keshana Owens-Cody, a devoted Colonie parent and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), have been recognized and recently honored by the office of Governor Hochul.

Keshana Owens-Cody, a proud mother of four, has long been a driving force for positive change within Colonie. Holding roles such as president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Colonie Central High School, secretary of the PTA Council, and member of the districtwide DEI Committee, Owens-Cody has dedicated herself to ensuring that every student has access to a supportive and inclusive educational environment.

Her commitment to DEI extends beyond her volunteer work in the school system. Professionally, Owens-Cody serves as a leader within the New York State Department of Health, where she has championed initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare services, ensuring equitable access to quality care for all New Yorkers.

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Certificate of Recognition

The news of Owens-Cody’s honor by Governor Hochul’s office came as a well-deserved recognition of her tireless efforts in advocating for DEI both professionally and within the Colonie community. Nominated by the NYS Department of Health, Owens-Cody’s dedication to advancing DEI initiatives has been acknowledged and celebrated on a statewide level.

“As Colonie continues to strive for a more equitable and inclusive community, Keshana stands out as a shining example of how her advocacy and efforts have made an impact on the lives of our students and families,” said Superintendent Dr. David Perry. “We are immensely proud to have her as a leader within our community, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor from Governor Hochul.”

More information about South Colonie’s DEI work can be found here.