The award recognizes and honors an outstanding individual whose lifetime achievement has deepened Central New York's connections to the rest of the world and has had a lasting global impact, according to the center.
Frederick was recognized for his efforts "to build an inclusive community in Central New York, creating meaningful ties between Central New York and the communities of Benin and Brazil through effective educational projects," said Dr. Elane Granger Carrasco, president of the International Center of Syracuse and associate director of the Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse University.
"We are truly honored to be able to recognize all that you have done to promote intercultural understanding and to help those abroad who are less fortunate than we are," she wrote to Frederick. "We are especially appreciative of how you consistently bring our community in Central New York together in mutual appreciation and understanding."
A faculty member in the School of Education's department of curriculum and instruction, Frederick holds the SUNY rank of distinguished service professor. He leads collaborative educational research on three continents. He has received six Fulbright grants to teach, conduct research and consult in Brazil and the African republic of Benin.
His many publications include the books "Curriculum and the Socio-Cultural Context," first published by McGraw-Hill in Brazil and later in the United States, and "The Integration of Language, School and Community: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School," published in Benin in both French and English.
Before coming to Oswego in 1985, he taught for seven years at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil.
In Syracuse twice a year he holds intercultural celebrations for his students and others, either at his home or a larger venue. Heralding this fall's celebration, Jackie Warren-Moore of The Post-Standard wrote of Frederick, "He believes that the more people know about each other, and celebrate their similarities and differences, the richer we all become."
A native of Opelika, Alabama, where he graduated from J.W. Darden High School, Frederick received his Ph.D. with distinction in pedagogical science from the University of Brussels in Belgium; his master's degree in educational administration from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City; and his bachelor's degree in science education from Northern Illinois University. In addition, he earned a certificate in French language and civilization from the University of Paris and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.