Medgar Evers College
Prior to becoming the Medgar Evers College (MEC) ASAP Program Director, I was the Project Director for the College Connections Project (CCP) at the CUNY-administered Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center. I was the first director of that program so I came to the MEC ASAP program with preparation for becoming this ASAP program’s first director. The CCP provides college access services to New Yorkers age 19 and over, and while directing the CCP, I became knowledgeable of access and success issues and also of CUNY systems and procedures.
What motivates and excites me is the knowledge that ASAP is a research-proven program contributing to increased college graduation rates. The stories of individual student success are what make the job meaningful. It’s gratifying working with students who find out that they can succeed when they didn’t think that they could, students who have light-bulb moments while engaging with academic material, and students who have transformative life experiences while in college that take them in new and exciting directions.
My writing has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, on the New York Times Learning Network website, and in the newsletters of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) and the CUNY Office of Special Programs. I have presented at the annual conferences of NYSACAC, the National College Transition Network, and the National Education Opportunity Center Association.
Thank you to the Mayor, the City Council, and the Center for Economy Opportunity for supporting ASAP. It is a privilege to be part of ASAP’s expansion and to work with committed colleagues at MEC and CUNY.