The Harlem Children’s Zone project targets a 100-block area in Central Harlem, providing more than 10,000 children educational, social and medical services from birth through college. Canada, who is resigning from his post this summer after two decades, will also receive an honorary degree from the university at the commencement ceremonies on May 18.
The university’s other honorary degree recipients in 2014:
Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Somali-born scholar and women’s rights activist
Eric Lander, one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project
Malcolm L. Sherman, longtime Brandeis University trustee