Cheyidatou Traore spoke three languages but little English when she arrived in the United States from her native Togo five years ago. On December 3, the Bronx resident was one of 51 inductees to The City College of New York chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society for students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria.
“It wasn’t easy learning a fourth language as a teenager,” said Ms. Traore, a junior majoring in biology who is fluent in French and two other African languages. “But it has paid off and made this possible.”
Like the other inductees, Ms. Traore was accepted into the chapter for demonstrating potential for success, amid personal, cultural and economic obstacles. Most inductees are from City College’s SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and Student Support Services (SSSP) education opportunity programs for low-income, first generation and underrepresented populations.
Many of these students in the two programs enter college motivated by a dream and a drive to succeed, noted SSSP Director Elizabeth Thangaraj.
A SEEK student, Ms. Traore said her goal is to volunteer with the Peace Corps after graduation. She is inspired by a passion to help others in need, she added.
El Salvadorian immigrant Armando R. Hernandez, a senior electrical engineering major in SSSP, has passion for designing, building and fixing electronic devices. A native of El Salvador and father of a six-year-old son who made Dean’s List three out of four years, his goal is to pursue a master’s degree in telecommunications after graduation.
“Armando, for instance, has shown that hard work and determination can land him on the Dean’s list and that as a parent his success affects the well-being of his child, as well. Both he and Cheyidatou have displayed the hallmark of amazing CCNY students,” added Professor Thangaraj.
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.
The complete list of inductees, with their majors, follows.
Kirk K. Aleman, Economics
Julia Alvarez, Psychology
Andrea N. Andrade, Psychology
Ana Arita, Psychology
Hoiyan Chim, Biology
Armani S. Davidson, English
James Davis, English
Nyesha L. Davis, English
Maria Deaquis, International Studies
Katie Diaz, Sociology
Miranda Dorian. English
Nicholas Duodu, Psychology & Childhood Education
Rezwana Faruque, Psychology
Anna Feng, Psychology
Hira Gilani, Biology
Jannina M. Guerrero, Biology
Dora Heredia, Communications
Armando R. Hernandez, Electrical Engineering
Shirley Hong, Chemistry
Yesenia Jachero Psychology
Tahmina S. Jany, Psychology
Odalys Jimenez, Childhood Education
Saye-Chan D. Joseph, International Studies
Esther Kim, Psychology
Sharina M. Madera, Management & Administration
Paulette P. Marks, Theatre
Kelly Marrero, English
Kayla Marte, English
Jonathan Martinez, Psychology
Amanda Medaivilla, Management & Administration
Zukaa A. Mehjazi, Biology
Ismairy Munoz Rodriguez, Economics
Zainab Naseer, Psychology
Oluwatobi Ojo, Psychology
Luis Paulino, Political Science
Carla Perez, Rom. Lang.
Michelle Perez, International Studies
Devin Rajaram, Art
Christian Rodriguez, Sociology
Sumona Runa, Childhood Education
Jonathan Sainthilaire, Art
Jashandeep Singh Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Soto, Economics
Cheyidatou Traore, Biology
Shaunte E. Truick, Psychology
Hawa Tunkara, Psychology
Katherine Velasquez, Art
Julia Wadolowska, Chemistry
Asha Whale, History
Oshane R. Whittingham, Biology
Devan William, Electrical Engineering