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12 November

Senator Parker and Assemblymember Wright Address Challenges and Issues Facing the New York City Community

Parker & Wright MCNY Urban Dialogue MCNY Urban Dialogue Forum Sparks Unification

New York, Thursday, November 12 2015 — On Tuesday, November 10, Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Public Affairs and Administration hosted a fall session of the popular speakers’ forum, Urban Dialogues, hosted by Dean Humphrey Crookendale, J.D. featuring New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker and New York State Assemblymember Keith L.T. Wright. The session, titled “Challenges and Issues Facing the New York City Community,” examined topics such as affordable housing, community policing and mass incarceration, gang violence and job creation in local communities.

There is no question that violence in our communities weighs heavily on the thoughts of these leaders. In a pivotal moment during the session, Senator Parker said, “We are in the midst of an epidemic of violence; we are being killed by our children. We need to use the crisis as a jumping‑off point to transform our community. We have to engage our young people in and out of school. We cannot serve young people outside of their families.”

A large part of the discussion centered on mobilizing the community to make a change. The underlying message was “Unification.” Senator Parker advised, “Organize, organize, organize!   You need to see your local elected officials. If you want something to be a priority you need to get others involved and advocate for it.” Assemblymember Wright emphasized that in Albany, they are “working on issues that impact you [constituent
s] every day. You need to know who your representatives are and advocate for your community.”

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Larry Scott Blackmon moderates speakers’ forum with Senator Parker and Assemblymember Wright

 

In the crowded conference center, Larry Scott Blackmon, MCNY MPA alumnus, Professor for the School for Public Affairs and Administration and Vice President of Community and Government Affairs at FreshDirect, addressed students, alumni, faculty and guests while wrapping up the discussion: “If you are mad at your elected officials – it’s your fault; you need to be involved. MCNY expects its graduates to be change agents,” referring to MCNY’s educational philosophy that students understand the purpose for their learning and see the connection between what they are learning in the classroom and their ability to change their lives and the lives of others in a positive way.

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Urban Dialogue is hosted by Humphrey Crookendale, J.D., Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

Urban Dialogues is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover
a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

State Senator Kevin S. Parker was elected to the New York State Senate in 2002. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Senator Parker represents the diverse 21st Senatorial District which includes Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope. The five-term Senator is Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy & Telecommunications, and the Committee on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, and former Chairman of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology. He is also Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans, a founding member of the New York Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a member of the Bi-Partisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus, and a member of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

State Assemblymember Keith L.T. Wright was first elected to the 70th Assembly District in 1992. Since then, he has earned a reputation for getting results for his constituents and for improving the quality of life for New Yorkers. Over the years, he has chaired several standing committees in the Assembly among them; election law, social services, labor and his current chairmanship, of the housing committee. He is a true champion for civil rights and social justice having also sponsored key legislation including bills to: create affordable housing; raise the minimum wage and to strengthen the state’s wage and hour laws to provide essential protections for hardworking New Yorkers. As chair of the Harlem Community Development Corporation (CDC), Assemblymember Wright has leveraged limited resources to make a substantial, tangible impact on economic development in Harlem, developing and renovating properties to create affordable housing, grow small businesses, increase services for children and seniors and expand cultural venues.

Metropolitan College of New York was founded by Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist who established the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated adult learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

 

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10 November

MCNY President Vinton Thompson Discusses Development of Ideas to Expand Access to Study Abroad for Minority Serving Institutions

Eleven presidents from some of the country’s best minority-serving institutions (MSI) gathered on November 4 at CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin for the inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions.

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York

“MCNY has been a pioneer in adapting short-term international study to the circumstances of working, adult students.  Our MBA students experience the global market place directly in excises in London and Continental Europe.  Students in Emergency and Disaster Management have done on-the-ground consultations in places as far flung as Turkey, Chile, Israel and Spain.  We are committed to working with other Minority Serving Institutions to broaden international study opportunities for our students and diversify the student contingent America sends abroad.”

Developed in collaboration with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the full-day leadership workshop was designed to prompt conversation around the importance of exposing students from MSIs to international education opportunities.

According to a 2014 report by the Institute of International Education, less than 10% of undergraduates study abroad before graduating. Of that already small portion, only 7.6% are Hispanic, 7.3% are Asian, and 5.3% are African-American. CIEE is committed to increasing access to study abroad by traditionally underrepresented student groups, and the Leadership Workshop represents an important step in this effort.

Attendees of the workshop included:

  • Joseph I. Castro, California State University, Fresno
  • Wayne Frederick, Howard University
  • Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Willie Larkin, Grambling State University
  • Elmira Mangum, Florida A&M University
  • Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College
  • Vinton Thompson, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Henry N. Tisdale, Claflin University
  • David Wilson, Morgan State University
  • George Wright, Prairie View A&M University

The workshop featured a panel discussion around Putting Study Abroad into Action moderated by Marybeth Gasman, director of the Penn Center for MSIs, that offered the presidents concrete ideas on overcoming the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to expand access to study abroad to students at their institutions.

Panelists included Andrew Gordon, founder and president of Diversity Abroad; Beth Donaldson, vice president of Global Enrollment Management at CIEE; Aaron Bruce, chief diversity officer at San Diego State University; Joti Sekhon, Winston-Salem State University; and Dr. Keshia Abraham, interim dean of Arts & Sciences at Florida Memorial University.

“The importance of study abroad for every student today is well established, yet we know that many institutions are finding it difficult to create a robust set of international programs for students and faculty. We heard from all of our member schools that the importance of having support from top university leaders cannot be overstated,” explained James P. Pellow, president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “With the Penn Center for MSIs being the leader in championing high-quality programs for Minority Serving Institutions, this partnership to sponsor the first Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions is an important contribution to the field and to shaping the lives of many students from MSIs.”

Presidents of Minority Serving Colleges, Berlin, Germany, November 4, 2015, at President’s Workshop sponsored by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and CIEE

MIS Presaidents Study Abroad Berlin 2015Back row – Left to right:  Joseph Castro, California State University, Fresno; Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX); George Wright, Prairie View A&M University; Wayne Frederick, Howard University; David Wilson, Morgan State University; Henry Tisdale, Claflin University

Front row – Left to right:  Vinton Thompson, Metropolitan University of New York; Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton; Elmira Mangum, Florida A&M University; Willie Larkin, Grambling State University

Contact:

Tina Georgiou – Public Relations, Metropolitan College of New York

646-648-0694 |

 Kathleen Goodwin – Executive Director, Marketing Communications, CIEE

207-553-4238

Paola ‘Lola’ Esmieu – Assistant Director for Programming, CMSI

215-746-3845 |

About Metropolitan College of New York – Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, for over 50 years, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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6 November

NYS Senator Kevin S. Parker & Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright are Featured Speakers for MCNY Urban Dialogues Nov 10, 2105

Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

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New York, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of Urban Dialogueentitled “Challenges and Issues Facing the New York City Community” featuring New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker and New York State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright who will share their thoughts on and responses to such issues as:

-Affordable housing

-Community policing and mass incarceration

-Gang violence

-Job creation in local communities

Urban Dialogues will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the MCNY Conference Center, Manhattan Campus, 431 Canal Street, NY, NY.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP registration page.

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Urban Dialogues is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

State Senator Kevin S. Parker

Kevin S. Parker was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2002. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Senator Parker represents the diverse 21st Senatorial District which includes: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope. The five-term Senator is Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy & Telecommunications, and the Committee on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, and former Chairman of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology. He is also Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans, a founding member of the New York Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a member of the Bi-Partisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus, and a member of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright

Keith L.T. Wright was first elected to the 70th Assembly District in 1992. Since then, he has earned a reputation for getting results for his constituents and for improving the quality of life for New Yorkers. Over the years, he has chaired several standing committees in the Assembly among them; election law, social services, labor and his current chairmanship, of the housing committee. He is a true champion for civil rights and social justice having also sponsored key legislation including bills to: create affordable housing; raise the minimum wage and to strengthen the state’s wage and hour laws to provide essential protections for hardworking New Yorkers. As chair of the Harlem Community Development Corporation (CDC), Assemblyman Wright has leveraged limited resources to make a substantial, tangible impact on economic development in Harlem, developing and renovating properties to create affordable housing, grow small businesses, increase services for children and seniors and expand cultural venues.

Metropolitan College of New York was founded by Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist who established the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated adult learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

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21 October

Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Talks Leadership & Equality

MCNY ALUMNUS, BRAIN SILVA FEATURED SPEAKER IN FALL 2015 LEADERSHIP LUNCH

October 21, 2015Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) is excited to announce the Fall 2015 Leadership Lunches Discussion featuring Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) this Monday, October 26th at the Bronx MCNY Extension at 12:50pm and Tuesday, October 27th at the Manhattan Campus starting at 12:30pm sponsored by FreshDirect.

The dynamic discussion will be moderated by Professor Natasha Johnson, J.D. and will focus on what it takes to be a leader in the face of organized opposition and how to “stay the course” in civil rights struggles with dignity and determination.

Areas of focus include:

  • Grassroots coalition-building
  • Shifts in local and national public discourse on marriage equality “Staying the course” in extended civil rights struggles
  • Engagement with opposition

Where & When:

Bronx: Monday, Oct 26 12:50-1:50pm

Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center, 529 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

Manhattan: Tuesday, Oct 27 12:30-1:30pm

Metropolitan College of New York Manhattan Campus, 431 Canal Street, 12th floor, NY, NY 10013

RSVP here to join us!  This event is open to the public.

About Speaker & Moderator

Brian Silva, Executive Director MEUSA

Brian Silva, Executive Director MEUSA

Brian Silva, MPA – Executive Director, Marriage Equality USA and MCNY Master in Public Affair and Administration Emergency and Disaster Management alumnus.

A passionate leader with a core commitment to diversity and the value of each individual, Brian has a steadfast dedication to LGBTQ equality, to non-profit work, and to collaboration with other organizations. Brian Silva and Marriage Equality USA were instrumental in the growing support for marriage equality and the decision made by the Supreme Court on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). His success comes with a balance vision, strategy and tactics while supporting the volunteers that truly work for the cause. Silva brings his experience of leading large volunteer-driven organizations to the table when discussing the planning it takes to change policy. He has spearheaded, lead and organized efforts such as the International Association of Emergency Managers – Student Council, a global organization comprised of 1400 members, plus chapters. Prior to stepping into his current position with MEUSA, Silva served as Marriage Equality New York first at the Chapter Leadership level and later as Executive Director. Hailing originally from Northern California, Brian currently lives in New York City. He has been fortunate to visit and work in many places including Northern Ireland, South Africa, Mexico, Vietnam, and Laos.

Natasha Johnson, J.D. Director of Academic Programs and an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan College’s Bronx Extension Center

Natasha Johnson, J.D.
Director of Academic Programs and an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan College’s Bronx Extension Center

Natasha R. Johnson, J.D. — Director of Academic Programs and an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan College’s Bronx Extension Center, Founder and Executive Director of Globalizing Gender, an international non-profit organization working to create a more ‘Gender Just’ world through education, advocacy, and reformation.  Dr. Natasha Johnson is an activist, advocate, educator, and lecturer having previously served as an Anti-Trafficking Legal Specialist developing the capacity of the South Pacific to respond to trafficking and drafting reform legislation in the Solomon Islands.  She has also served as an international gender consultant including her time in Haiti addressing voting access/mapping issues.  Natasha also served as the Director of Education developing comprehensive curricula and working to serve homeless, foster care, and at risk LGBTQI youth and as legislative counsel to both the Immigration and Civil Rights Committees of NY City Council.  As an attorney she created the only holistic legal services program- still to date-in NYC for continental African survivors of domestic violence.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, for over 50 years, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

About the MCNY Office of Academic Support’s Mentor Program

MCNY Leadership Week is sponsored by the Office of Academic Support’s Mentor Program. The Mentor Program pairs students with strong peer and alumni leaders to promote scholarship, academic engagement and development of personal management skills. MCNY Leadership Week is an opportunity for the entire campus community to reflect on founding principles of social justice and advocacy, and collectively add value to MCNY’s legacy.

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7 October

Metropolitan College of New York Hosts Leadership Breakfast as part of YOUniversity Bound’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship

New York, NY/October 7, 2015 — On October 30, 2015, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will host a Leadership Breakfast as part of YOUniversity Bound’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship: The Business of Schools Conference at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, New York.

The conference will bring together a community of experts from corporate, K-12 and higher education for the purpose of improving The Business of Schools. Panelists will discuss a range of issues impacting education today and into the future. As part of this influential conference, Metropolitan College of New York will host a leadership breakfast recognizing individuals who have contributed significantly to the field of education in the greater New York City area. Honorees will include:

  •  Dr. Louis Camilien, Chief of Gynecology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Methodist Hospital. He is also a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Weill Cornell Medical College.
  • Jean Duchatellier, President of The 1906 Project, Inc., a community based organization which awards four year scholarships to deserving students as well as partners/collaborates with other organizations that are also committed to advancing development programs for youth and adults in Queens, NY
  • Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and Strawberry One-Act Festival. The Riant Theatre has a strong youth mentoring program, which provides internships for teenagers interested in the arts.

The breakfast will raise awareness and funds for The Dr. Melvin Isadore Douglass Scholarship for Urban Education. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students going into MCNY’s Masters of Science in Education is a one-year intensive program that certifies teachers for positions in New York City schools in grades K-6 in both childhood and special education. It is the first at MCNY dedicated to students in the Masters of Science in Education program, and the first fund established by an African American man at the College.

Tickets and journal ads can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/1KYrJrZ. Contributions to the The Dr. Melvin Isadore Douglass Scholarship for Urban Education can also be made through the same website.

About YOUniversity Bound

YOUniversity Bound is a privately owned company with a public mission. It was created out of the need to improve K-12 academic performance, increase high school graduation rates and encourage higher education. Since college is the prerequisite for a better life, YOUniversity Bound serves as a conduit to getting students to college by advancing preparedness and increase financial possibilities. To learn more about YOUniversity Bound or register for the conference, visit: www.youniversitybound.com.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, for over 50 years, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

Contact: Beth Dunphe – Metropolitan College of New York –

 

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30 June

MCNY New MBA in Health Services & Risk Management Prepares Adult Learners for Fastest Growing Industry in US

New York, NY/ Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — The METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (MCNY) School for Business is proud to announce the launch of a new Master’s degree in the field of Health Services. On June 5th, the New York State Education Department approved the College’s newest degree program, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Services and Risk Management.

The one-year accelerated MBA program will develop effective business professionals equipped to lead in a changing national and global healthcare business environment. Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2015 registration.

“The MBA in Health Services and Risk Management aims to prepare adult learners as leaders of the largest and fastest growing industry in the US – healthcare,” said Dr. Mohammad I. Bajwa, Professor and Program Director of Healthcare Management for the MCNY School for Business.

In the Health Services and Risk Management degree program, students will be preparing for a career focused on the business operations and management of healthcare organizations with emphasis on health services management, healthcare policy and law, healthcare technology management, healthcare quality management, healthcare data analytics, and healthcare project management.

Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School for Business explains, “Employment within the healthcare industry continues to demonstrate consistent and sustained growth, where all projections point to an increase in the demand for professional managers. This program will prepare competent, educated, and trained professionals to fill these areas of need within the industry.”

The new program is part of exciting changes at MCNY as the college prepares for future growth. “The development of this innovative program comes as MCNY is building new campuses in the Financial District and in the Bronx.  It reflects the vibrant growth of the College and our commitment to serving growing areas of New York’s economy,” says Dr. Vinton Thompson, President, MCNY.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, for over 50 years, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

 

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14 April

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James is Featured Guest Speaker for MCNY Urban Dialogues April 14, 2015

New York, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of “Urban Dialogues”, featuring Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York.

Letita James

Letitia James, Public Advocate of New York City

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York is the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. In fall 2014, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades.

As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.

As Chair to the Council’s Sanitation Committee, in 2010 James pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. This legislative package represented the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.

James is a graduate of CUNY’s Lehman College and Howard University Law School, and can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary, “Battle for Brooklyn”. She has worked with the New York State Legislature, and has served as a former public defender, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and New York City Council Member.

Letitia James will address the college’s community on Tuesday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the conference center on the 11th floor.  Seating will be limited.  Please RSVP.

As noted on the college’s website, “Urban Dialogues” is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

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8 April

Metropolitan College of New York and School’s Out New York City Team Up to Teach Teens About Film Industry

New York, NY, April 3, 2015 — The METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK School for Business Media Management MBA Program is proud to announce its collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to provide training, as part of the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival (April 9-10, 2015), to School’s Out New York City (SONYC) middle school participants. The training will assist young people in developing and producing their inaugural SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival.

Every year, graduate students organizing the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival invite and highlight the work of New York City youth who are using film and other visual media to address today’s social issues.  This year, the MCNY Media Management MBA Program added an educational component to the Festival by working with the SONYC program to provide two intensive five-day workshops on the fundamentals of film creation and the process of developing their own event – The SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival.

The SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival will be a one-day event celebrating the creative efforts of SONYC participants.  Modeled on the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival, it will provide a platform for student filmmakers to express themselves on today’s social, community and other issues ‘through the lens’ of young filmmakers.  Participants will work actively with industry professionals and DYCD staff in judging and screening the films in competition.

“We are excited to welcome youth from around the City to MCNY, where the Media Management MBA faculty, students and alumni involved in producing our own Annual Short Film Festival will provide comprehensive training on all aspects of making a short film including conceptualizing the idea, set and camera work, lighting, sound and editing,” said Program Director Kristie Velasco. “It is inspiring to see our students and alumni nurturing the next generation of film and content creators.  This is a true manifestation of this year’s festival theme of Converging Futures. We look forward to working with DYCD and SONYC to train their young participants and develop a process for them to launch a film festival that is as successful as our own.”

“As the agency overseeing the largest expansion of afterschool for middle school students in the City’s history, we recognize the strong role creative arts programming plays in engaging, active learning,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong. “SONYC, the Summer Youth Employment Program and other DYCD‑funded initiatives are exposing our youth to career and educational opportunities at our City’s cultural institutions. We are excited that young people will learn filmmaking skills through this collaboration with Metropolitan College of New York, and look forward to seeing their finished works at the REEL eXposure Film Festival.”

In the Media Management MBA Program, the goal is to provide students with all of the necessary business competencies, skills and knowledge of an MBA while never losing sight of their responsibilities as members of the larger society.  In prior years, the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival has highlighted media work done by students from the Children’s Aid Society, Girls for Gender Equity and the Urban Actors Academy.

The MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival will take place on April 9 and 10 from 6-9:30 pm at 431 Canal Street, New York.  Additional information about the festival, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival. Tickets for both nights can be obtained at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/mcny-school-for-business-media-management-mba-program-7990335544?s=34512629.

ABOUT MCNY

Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented, media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends. For more information about MCNY or the MBA  Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1-800-33-THINK.

ABOUT SONYC

SONYC is part of DYCD’s Comprehensive Afterschool System of NYC (COMPASS NYC).  SONYC serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. The City itself becomes a classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting. Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week. Through its network of providers, COMPASS offers high quality programs that offer a strong balance of academics, recreation, enrichment and cultural activities to support and strengthen the overall development of youth.

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CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco (917) 719-0293 or

Yexenia (Jessie) Markland | Manager of Partnerships & Special Initiatives

COMPREHENSIVE AFTERSCHOOL SYSTEM OF NYC (COMPASS-NYC)

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24 March

Filmmaker/Educator/Media Advocate Beni Matias, Actor/Producer Ron Simons, and Filmmaker/Former BET Exec Ralph Scott to Join Film Festival Panel Discussion on April 9

New York, NY – March 23, 2015 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Bienvenida “Beni” Matias, Ron Simons and Ralph Scott, will join the Panel Discussion for the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival on April 9, in the school’s Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

Bienvenida Matias

Bienvenida Matias

Bienvendia “Beni” Matias is a founding member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) serving as its first national coordinator and conference organizer, and recently completed a two year plus stint as NALIP’s acting executive director. She was director of production at the Independent Television Service, executive director of the Association of Hispanic Arts and AIVF, publisher of The Independent magazine, and executive-in-charge of production at WNYC-TV.

Ron Simons

Ron Simons

Ron Simons is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Ron is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer and actor. He leads the SimonSays Entertainment strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects including the critically acclaimed films Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all premiered at Sundance). His first documentary 25 to Life premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), A Streetcar Named Desire (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award).

Ralph Scott

Ralph Scott

For more than 20 years, Ralph Scott has been instrumental in the promotion and exhibition of non-stereotypical African American images. As an independent film maker or promoter, Program Director of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, or as an executive at BET or Centric Television, he has made it his mission to promote and support filmmakers that have a non “Hollywood” approach to Black life on film.

With the theme of “Converging Futures”, the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continues to grow and expand into divergent media fields as content and technology converge. The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

“Our Media Management MBA students are busy reviewing the almost 1000 films submitted to the competition from around the globe, and are working to identify the film finalists to be screened and judged on April 10th during the Festival,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Director of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY. “We are especially excited that almost a dozen graduates from around the world, including alumni who helped found the film festival, are actively assisting our current students in the initial review of the films in competition. It is this extended Media Management MBA community, encouraged and cultivated by MCNY and the School for Business, that strengthens our program while it helps provide our students with a growing network of media managers who can support their entry into the media industries.”

“The panel of experts assembled for this year’s Panel Discussion is a remarkable grouping of professionals with insightful knowledge of the media industry,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President and Dean, School for Business. “They bring their years of experience, professional linkages, expertise, and unique perspective to what promises to be a wonderful discussion of the business and future of the film industry in light of convergence.”

Beni Matias has produced and directed documentaries independently, for public television and nonprofits. Her documentary film El Corazón de Loisaida (The Heart of Loisaida), produced and directed with Marci Reaven, was recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their major film preservation initiative, “Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers.” She is currently producer/director of the documentary Coquito! (funded by the Latino Public Broadcasting) with producers Tami Gold and Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez. As a consultant, she works with filmmakers developing all aspects of documentary production.

As an actor, Ron Simons has appeared on stage, in film and television. He and fellow cast members won the London Stage Award for Acting Excellence for the play Boy Steals Train that he co-developed.  His film and television credits include Blue Caprice, Night Catches Us, 27 Dresses, Mystery Team, Phoebe in Wonderland, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns and Nowhere Man. Ron is a recipient of the Heritage Award from Columbia College’s Black Alumni Council, IFP Cannes’ Producer’s Network Fellow and a Sundance Producers’ Summit Fellow. He holds a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Ralph Scott was one of the founding executives of Centric Television and was Executive Producer of Lens on Talent and Scene Stealers for BET. He is also currently Chairman of the Student Digital Arts and Cinema Committee and Co-Founder of Visual AIDS: A Cinematic Look at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. A graduate of West Virginia State College, Ralph began his film career alongside Haile Gerima at Howard University on his world-renowned film Sankofa, and then on Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. His varied industry experience includes work on Motown 40, the NAACP Image Awards and at the William Morris Agency.

The MCNY Annual Short Film Festival is free and open to the public. Additional information about the festival, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival. Tickets for both nights are available free to the public on Evenbrite.com.

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco (917) 719-0293 or

ABOUT MCNY MBA in Media Management 

Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented, media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends. For more information about the school or the Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1-800-33-THINK.

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16 March

YOUniversity Bound Founders Fund Raise for Metropolitan College of New York

Phenomenal Women: (left to right) 1. Rachel Oden, 2. Gladys Andrews, 3. Francesca Ciolino-Volano, 4. Deplesha McGruder, 5. Mariah Bullock, 6. Shanna Graham, 7. Dr. Marva Gumbs-Picou, 8. Danna Wood Webb, 9. Cheryl Wills, 10. Cynthia Gresham, 11. Hon. Kathie Davidson, 12. Marilyn Ward Ford, 13. Melanie Schnoll-Begun, 14. Anna Velez

Phenomenal Women: (left to right)
1. Rachel Oden, 2. Gladys Andrews, 3. Francesca Ciolino-Volano, 4. Deplesha McGruder, 5. Mariah Bullock, 6. Shanna Graham, 7. Dr. Marva Gumbs-Picou, 8. Danna Wood Webb, 9. Cheryl Wills, 10. Cynthia Gresham, 11. Hon. Kathie Davidson, 12. Marilyn Ward Ford, 13. Melanie Schnoll-Begun, 14. Anna Velez

New York, NY/March 16, 2015 —  On March 14, 2015, the “Phenomenal Women of Power” breakfast was held at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). The breakfast came as a result of Dr. Melvin Douglass and Dr. Gay Bullock wanting to bring together the collective strength and ingenuity of women for greater educational, economic and social impact.  The choice to have the event at MCNY was spurred by the work of its founder, Audrey Cohen. Cohen developed an educational institution that provided black women from impoverished communities with a way to be gainfully employed in health-care and human services for the purpose of improving their communities. The- breakfast celebrated phenomenal women who have shaped modern life and provoked dialogue that inspired action.

At the breakfast, Dr. Vinton Thompson, president of MCNY; Mrs. Wendy Cohen, Vice Chair Person of Board of Trustees and daughter of late Audrey Cohen; Dr. Melvin Douglass, Trustee; Ms. Beth Dunphe, MCNY Chief Development Officer, gave the welcome. After breakfast, the guests moved to a nearby room for an open discussion in which honorees led the dialogue and provided insightful perspectives on the principal issue: To what extent does gender play in accessing the American dream? Dr. Gay Bullock served as the moderator.

The first panel of phenomenal women discussed “Is it a myth or reality that women have to think and behave like men to be successful in corporate? What does the behavior of corporate success look like?” The discussion was led by HONOREES: Wendy Cohen, Vice President and Director of Wealth Advisory Marketing for Morgan Stanley; Melanie Schnoll Begun, Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Philanthropy Management group at Morgan Stanley, Marilyn Ford,  Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, Racquel Oden, Head of Advisor Strategy and Development for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Depelsha McGruder, Senior Vice President for Centric, BET.

The second panel of phenomenal women discussed “Are girls being steered away from math and science towards disciplines that require nurturing because of a belief that women are natural born nurturers? How do we get more girls involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and dispel this idea if it limits options?” The panel discussion was led by HONOREES: Cheryl Wills , New York 1 Reporter, Marva Gumbs Picou, NYC principal, Gladys Andrews, an Educational Consultant for Bridges Data and Professional Development, Inc., Francesca Ciolino-Volano, Adjunct Professor in the Basic Education Department at Nassau Community College and Adjunct Lecturer and College Supervisor of Student Teachers at Queens College, and Anna Velez, former High School Guidance Counselor. The youth perspective was provided by RISING STARS: Mariah Bullock, a graduate of Howard University and Shanna Graham, a graduate of Penn State University.

The third panel of phenomenal women discussed“Do women have the power to change the direction of government, not just the face? What should we expect from a woman leader like president?”The discussion was led by honorees: Judge Kathie Davidson , first African American woman elected to a county-wide judgeship in Westchester County and the third elected to Family Court in the State of New York; Dana Webb, former Associate Dean of School of Social Work at Columbia University. Cynthia Gresham, Director of Rehabilitation at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans, Queens.  

The discussions were lively and provocative. The honorees received awards from MCNY President Thompson, Trustees Wendy Cohen and Melvin Douglass.

Dr. Douglass and Dr. Bullock have partnered with Metropolitan College of New York to raise awareness and funds for The Dr. Melvin Isadore Douglass Scholarship for Urban Education. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students going into MCNY’s Masters of Science in Education is a one-year intensive program that certifies teachers for positions in New York City schools in grades K-6 in both childhood and special education. It is the first at MCNY dedicated to students in the Masters of Science in Education program, and the first fund established by an African American man at the College.

Their work in the field of education extends beyond MCNY. Dr. Melvin Douglass and Dr. Gay Bullock established YOUniversity Bound to make college a viable option for all students. Dr. Douglass and Dr. Bullock believe unpreparedness and financial limitations are the two biggest obstacles to students getting a higher education. Since college is the prerequisite for a better life, YOUniversity Bound serves as a conduit to getting students to college by advancing preparedness and increase financial possibilities.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square/ SoHo at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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