“As We Are”: Exhibit at Baruch College Features Portraits of the Disability Community at City University of New York

Disability exhibit

Darline Bertil lost her hands in 2010 as the result of an earthquake in her native Haiti. She has graduated from Queensborough Community College and now is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Hunter College. “Everything that happened made me more compassionate and more understanding,” she says.

NEW YORK, NY October 20, 2015 – Many people with disabilities share a burning desire to be recognized as they are – as unique individuals who participate in society and are not defined by their disabilities.

A photo exhibit of members of the disability community at the City University of New York will open in November at CUNY’s Baruch College. The collection of 18 portraits by photographer Roger Sherman is titled “As We Are – Disability: Portraits of a Community.” The exhibit will continue through the current school year.

This collection of portraits taken in 2013, along with the accompanying personal narratives, allows the subjects to depict themselves as they see themselves – in their “natural state,” in their own words, and on their own terms. In addition to a printed version of the personal narrative, an audio version in the subject’s voice will be available.

The 18 subjects include students, former students, faculty and staff at many of CUNY’s 24 colleges and professional schools. They acquired their disabilities – some visible, some not – at different ways, at different times in their lives, and have incorporated their disabilities into their personal stories in distinctive and powerful ways.

The portraits all are by Roger Sherman, an award-winning filmmaker. His documentaries have won an Emmy, a Peabody, a James Beard Award, and two Academy Award nominations. His photographs have appeared in numerous national magazines and websites.

The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, November 3, and will appear through June 2016 in Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Library, on the second floor of 151 East 25th Street in New York. It is sponsored by the Baruch College Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, and by the CUNY Central Office of Student Affairs.

News Media:

Members of the media are invited to an opening reception on Monday, November 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The photographer will be in attendance, and some of the subjects of the portraits will participate in a brief presentation. Members of the media are asked to RSVP by October 23 at disability.services@baruch.cuny.edu, or 646-312-4590.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.



Kirk Petersen, (646) 660-6124, kirk.petersen@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134, evelisse.luciano@baruch.cuny.edu