CUNY Baccalaureate Alumna Wins Award of Distinction from the Berger-Marks Foundation

Nusrat (Jerin) Arifa, B.A. 2009, National Organization for Women board member and chair of the National Young Feminist Task Force, is one of three recipients of this year’s Berger-Marks Foundation Award of Distinction, celebrating the social justice work of women ages 35 and younger.

The Berger-Marks Foundation was created by bequest of Broadway composer Gerald Marks (“All of Me”) in honor of his wife, Edna Berger, who rose from being a receptionist to the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild.

Jerin will receive the Award on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.. Congratulations, Jerin!

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) is a university-wide individualized bachelor’s degree where students work one-on-one with faculty. With an annual enrollment of 500, the degree is for self-directed, academically strong students who have well-formulated academic and career goals. Most are working adults, many of whom are raising families; 65% are 25 years old and older; and a significant number are returning to school, often after a hiatus of anywhere from 5 to 30 years. CUNY BA has one of the highest graduation rates in New York. Since its inception in 1971, 7,000 students have earned their degrees through this route; 50% have gone on to graduate school.

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