CCNY Inducts 51 Into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

Cheyidatou Traore, a biology major and new Chi Alpha Epsilon inductee at CCNY.

El Salvadorian immigrant Armando R. Hernandez, who’s majoring in electrical engineering, was also inducted into the CCNY chapter of the honor society.

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.

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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


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