Baruch Students Serve as Student Ambassadors at the 39th Annual Legislative Conference of the ABPRAL

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This year 12 students from Baruch College’s undergraduate student government participated in the 39th Annual Legislative Conference of the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian Legislators (ABPRAL) in Albany from February 12th to 14th. ABPRAL is an organization dedicated to empowering and revitalizing people and communities, specifically African American, Latino, and Asian Americans.

The conference theme this year was “Many Cultures, One People, and One Destiny.” Civic, business, and legislative leaders throughout New York State attended the conference along with interim Baruch College president Stan Altman and vice president for student development of enrollment, Dr. Ben Corpus.

“The Baruch students who joined the conference were terrific ambassadors for Baruch College and advocated for the college’s capital and state budget priorities -- in particular for funding for the Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue,” said Eric Lugo, director of government and community relations at Baruch College. A booth, set up in the Empire State Plaza Conference room to display a video on the need for construction on the Field building, was staffed by Huthaifa Kareem, from the Office of Student Development at Baruch College, along with Baruch College students.

On Saturday ABPRAL Chairman and Assembly Member N. Nick Perry and State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson served as hosts of a CUNY Legislative luncheon along with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. There, CUNY had a chance to showcase some examples of student success stories from the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus CUNY Scholars program. The seven-year-old program has had many success stories when it comes to graduates launching their careers in their respective areas of study. One featured CUNY Scholars graduate, Diana Charlene Richardson, is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Public Administration at Baruch College.

Also at the event were Assemblyman Carl Heastie, MBA ’07, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, BBA ’78, Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson, MPA ’09, along with other members of the city and state legislature.

The Baruch students who served as ambassadors during this three-day event included Abid Anwar (’11), Sal Chiarelli (’10), Kirill Gourov (’13), Ben Guttman (’11), Tanvir Hossain (’10), Chamandeep Kaur (’11), Zainab Khan (’13), Iliyan Manolov (’11), Santiago Mueckay (’13), Daniel Rincon (’11), Armaan Torabi (’10), and Ryan Wiley (’10). These students were chosen as a result of their leadership roles in Baruch College’s undergraduate student government and their strong commitment to service.