In, 2010, the first Annual Ebenezer D. Bassett Student Achievement Award Ceremony was held. Mr. Ebenezer D. Bassett was the first African American student to graduate from the State Normal School, the founding institution for CCSU in 1853. Mr. Bassett would go on to become a noted educator, an influential activist in the anti-slavery movement, and this nation's first African American diplomat as the Minister Resident to Haiti.
Central Connecticut State University's Man Enough Support Initiative proudly hosts an annual HEALTHYfellows Ebenezer D. Bassett Student Achievement Award Ceremony. This award celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of college men who are striving to make healthy and meaningful contributions to society.
On March 20, 2019, CCSU honored Mr. Bassett by renaming Social Sciences Hall to Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall. This commemoration was organized by a committee comprising members of the Art, Anthropology, and History departments, the Office of Student Wellness Services, Center for Africana Studies, and Burritt Library. It is sponsored by the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Man Enough Support Initiative, Center for Africana Studies, Office of Institutional Advancement, CCSU Alumni Association, and CCSU Foundation, Inc.
The Man Enough Support Initiative was established and is supported by William Fothergill, Counselor in Student Wellness, Counseling & Student Development. https://www.ccsu.edu/bassett/index.html