Making City Government Work

James Oladipupo Williams (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S., Public Administration, '15) intends to learn how cities can function -- and then put that knowledge to use in his native Nigeria -- through a 2015 New York City Urban Fellowship.

Setting the News on Fire

María Sánchez Díez (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, December '15), a Spaniard, won a 2015 Foreign Press Association Scholarship to further develop a news-aggregating app that mixes Spanish and English content for young Hispanic-Americans.

Trapping Greenhouse Gasses

Johnathan Culpepper (Medgar Evers College, A.A., Mass Communications,'06; B.S., Environmental Science '09), a Ph.D. engineering student at the University of Iowa, won a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to find ways of locking up climate-changing carbon and nitrogen.

Championing Justice for Immigrants

Laura Sofia Rodríguez (City College, B.A., Spanish, concentration in Latin American Literature and History, '11), a 2015 graduate of Emory University School of Law, won a a 2015 Justice Fellowship from the Immigrant Justice Corps and will focus on LGBT/HIV-positive clients seeking immigration help.

Clytemnestra in Ireland

Keelie Sheridan (Brooklyn College, M.F.A., Acting, '13) intends to reset the ancient Greek Oresteia trilogy in Ireland during her 2015 George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

Poetry From Life

Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his brilliant collection, "Digest."

The Mexico Chonicles

Jeffrey Peer, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center who has taught writing at Baruch College, goes to Mexico to research two newspaper essayists who commented on key events in the country's 20th century history.

Acting with Humanity

Valeria Munt (Brooklyn College, B.A., political science, French and Spanish literature '08; City College, M.A., international affairs '15), who studied role of sports in diplomacy, has won a 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.

Putting Aesthetics in Context

Hogai Sarbeland Aryoubi (CUNY B.A., Anthropology of Cross-Cultural Aesthetics '13) heads to Turkey with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Fighting the Good Fight Against Violence

Ilana Gelb (CUNY B.A. and Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, Violence, Conflict and Development, '16) is learning Hindi in India on a State Department Critical Language Scholarship.

A Bias Beater

Angglelia (Angel) Sutjipto (CUNY baccalaureate, Genocide Studies, '13), a Dreamer from Indonesia, will learn how other countries have dealt with discrimination and resistance with a 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Speaking Up for Diplomacy

Joshua Trinidad (CUNY B.A./Hunter, World Languages and Literatures/Translation and Interpretation, '12) is preparing for work as a Foreign Service diplomat with a federally funded 2015 Charles E. Rangel Graduate Fellowship.

Encountering Cultures Here and Abroad

Carlsky Belizaire (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, B.A., political science, 2015) heads to Taiwan with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Being American

Anabel Perez Jimenez (Baruch College, B.A., Public Affairs '15), a Dreamer from the Dominican Republic, has won a 2015 New York City Urban Fellowship.

An Irrepressible Global Do-Gooder

Evgeniya Kim (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, B.A., international relations) won a 2015 Paul &Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for M.B.A. studies at the Yale School of Management.

Seeking Justice, Gender Equity

Amal El Bakhar (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, B.A., biochemistry and women and gender studies, '11) will use her 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to finance her studies at Harvard Law School ('16).

Heading into Public Service

Jacob (Jake) Levin (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, B.A., political science and philosophy, history minor, '16) won a 2-15 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a federally financed award that supports graduate study by students who are committed to public service.

Teaching English Before Med School

Natasha Masub (Brooklyn College, B.A., Sociology, '15) will experience life in her parents' homeland, Bangladesh, through a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship before heading to medical school.

Word Up!

Carla Spensieri (Hunter College, B.A., Italian Culture and Civilization, '14; Queens College, M.A.T., Childhood Education, '15) is off to Brazil to learn Portuguese while holding a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Translating More Than Words

Eric M.B. Becker (Queens College, MFA, Creative Writing and Literary Translation '15) will use his 2015 Fulbright Award to travel to Brazil to work on translations of a story collection and a novel.

Living an American Life

Xavier Medina (LaGuardia Community College, A.A. Liberal Arts-Social Science, '15), a Dreamer from Ecuador, has won a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship to pursue a bachelor's degree in political science.

Protecting the Coastline

Sean Thatcher, a rising junior at the College of Staten Island's Verrazano School honors program, won a 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award in the sciences.

Outthinking Brain Proteins

Dalila Ordonez (Hunter College, B.A., Biopsychology '13), a doctoral student in Harvard University's Molecules, Cells and Organisms Program, will research nerve degeneration with a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Jazzing on the Black Experience

Sean DesVignes, a Brooklyn College junior already gaining a national reputation for his poetry, won a 2015 Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study, one of just 20 awarded to "young men and women of exceptional promise."

Fishing for Sustainability

Nathaniel Sibinga (Brooklyn College, M.A., Biology, '15) will research a more environmentally friendly way to farm fish under a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to Norway.

Her Chinese New Year

Karissa Caputo (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, B.A., Spanish Education, minor, Mandarin, '15) prepares for a career as a foreign language teacher with a 2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan.


Joshua Tanon (Borough of Manhattan Community College, A.S., Engineering Science '15) won a coveted 2015 NASA summer internship to work on the design of sensors that may help a glider explore Mars.

Electoral Collegian

Jamel Love (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A., Political Science '15) won a $4,000 grant from the American Political Science Association's Minority Fellowship Program and is heading into a political science doctoral program at Rutgers University.

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Chancellor James B. Milliken

Two outstanding educators have been selected to lead Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College. http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/news-chancellor/2015/07/chancellor-welcomes-two-new-presidents/

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Statement by CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken On Incarcerated Individuals And Access To Pell Grants

We are much encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to pilot a program allowing incarcerated individuals to receive Pell grants to 


Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings When Wednesday, September 9, 2015


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