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Elliott Dawes, University Director, CUNY Black Male Initiative
Elliott Dawes is the University Director of The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI), a University-wide program dedicated to increasing the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly African American males. A graduate of Cornell University with a B.A. in Government and Africana Studies, Dawes later earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the New York University School of Law. Before becoming CUNY BMI’s University Director, Dawes was the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the Hofstra University School of Law. His work experience includes clerkships with federal judges; monitoring civil rights cases as a Trial Attorney in the Educational Opportunities Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice; teaching at two Brooklyn public high schools and serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY. Dawes’ email address is Elliott.Dawes@mail.cuny.edu.

Jermaine Wright, Associate Director, CUNY Black Male Initiative
Jermaine Wright is the Associate Director of The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI). A graduate of Binghamton University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, Wright later earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in Management and Operations from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY. Prior to becoming CUNY BMI Associate Director, Wright worked at the National Urban League as a Program Manager for the Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP), a comprehensive workforce development model for disconnected and adjudicated youth between the ages of 18 -24. As a Program Manager, Wright managed several National Urban League affiliates across the nation that were operating UYEP. Additionally, he revised program policies/procedures to better serve participants' needs. Wright’s other work experience includes monitoring the employment status of clients transitioning from public assistance to the workforce as a Site Supervisor at Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, and developing workshops/special events for low-wage workers as an AmeriCorps member.

Wright is a third-year doctoral student at Rutgers University-Newark in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). His research interest includes the use performance information at educational institutions (NYC Public schools and the City University of New York), particularly the influence of the use of performance information on academic progress. His additional research interest includes the role of diversity at educational institutions, specifically the effects of diversity among senior university officials on the enrollment of students of color. Wright is also an Adjunct Professor at SPAA teaching classes in the Master's of Public Administration program. In his spare time, Wright serves as a mentor to young people through Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., an international service organization predicated on achievement and the uplifting of under-served low-income communities. Wright’s email address is: jwright1@ccny.cuny.edu.

Alan Newton, Research Associate (part-time), CUNY Black Male Initiative
Alan Newton is a part-time Research Associate with The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI).  He earned an A.A. degree from Dutchess Community College/SUNY and a B.S. in Business Administration from Medgar Evers College/CUNY.  Before becoming CUNY BMI's Research Associate, Newton was the Student Director for Justice Initiatives at The Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC) at Medgar Evers College/CUNY.  Among numerous duties, Newton provided counsel to students, organized off-campus seminars and recruited prospective college students.  He also supported the work of MDEC's advisory group by scheduling meetings, preparing program materials, and maintaining an online networking tool to foster increased communication between MDEC and its community partners.  As for his work related to MDEC's community outreach efforts, Newton assisted in developing partnerships with community organizations with goals and objectives that are directly aligned with MDEC's mission.  Through this outreach work, Newton extended the resources of the Center beyond Medgar Evers College through fostering collaboration and exchange with a diverse array of people as well as community organizations.  Newton also assisted students, at their request, with legal issues by interacting with their legal representatives.  A frequent public speaker on law enforcement practices leading to wrongful convictions, Mr. Newton is currently preparing for the law school application process. Newton's email address is Alan.Newton@mail.cuny.edu.

CUNY Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Liaison to CUNY BMI

McDonald-Ian James, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Liaison, CUNY Black Male Initiative
McDonald-Ian James is the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Liaison to The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) and the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  He earned an A.A. degree from Medgar Evers College/CUNY and a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the CUNY BA Program in 2004. James later earned a M.A. in International Relations from The City College of New York/CUNY.  James  received an advance certificate in Immigration Law from the School of Professional Studies/CUNY in 2008. He also completed the Institute of Education Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the American College Personnel Association Management Institute.  As a student, James was involved in a number of activities that would have overwhelmed someone without his time management and organizational skills. At Medgar Evers College, James was Associate Editor of the student newspaper Adafi, a member of the College's chapter of the American Black Social Workers, and a student leader in the Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC). He also served as a student representative on the planning and budgetary committees for Medgar Evers College's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the campus Library and Information Services. James assisted his fellow students at Medgar Evers College as an English tutor and invested in the next generation of college students by serving as an after-school program mentor at a high school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He represented Medgar Evers College at the 3rd annual Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund leadership conference as well as at a Congressional Black Caucus conference on The State of the African American Male. In 2003, James was a recipient of the Hawks International Youth Organization's "Project Under-Wing" Scholarship and the Diego Hidalgo Scholarship, both designed to assist students studying Political Science. Additionally, he received the Harriet Brows scholarship for social change and the Thomas W. Smith academic scholarship. In 2004, James served as an congressional intern in the office of United States Representative Major Owens. James’ email address is: Ian.James@cuny.edu.

BMI TODAY

SAVE THE DATE!!!
Eighth Annual CUNY BMI Conference,
Race, Law and Justice, featuring Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel,
LatinoJustice/PRLDEF; Paul Butler, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center;
and Ron Daniels, Distinguished Lecturer, York College/CUNY

Friday, October 4, 2013, 8:30AM to 7:00PM, York College/CUNY
To view our SAVE THE DATE flyer, please click here pdf .
To register online, please click here.

CUNY Pipeline Program

An opportunity program for CUNY undergraduates who aspire to earn doctorates Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LET'S GET READY Free SAT Preparation and College Admissions Counseling http://www.letsgetready.org

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (KSTF)

To apply, please click here: www.kstf.org/apply

Pipeline Programs for CUNY BMI Undergraduates

CUNY BMI undergraduates are encouraged to apply to pipeline programs to prepare for competitive graduate and professional school admissions processes.
Click here for a list of programs

CUNY Opportunity Programs and Specialized Programs

Click here to download list pdf

CUNY Scholarship Information
CUNY USS (University Student Senate) Scholarship Page
Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies
Teachers as Leaders Project

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