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College Delegation Attends 44th Annual
Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Association Conference

College Delegation Attends 44th Annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Association Conference

Speaker Carl E. Heastie MBA ('07) and City Council Member Vanessa Gibson MPA ('09) Greet Baruch College's delegation at the Annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators Conference in Albany, New York on February 14, 2015

NEW YORK, NY-February 13, 2015 - A delegation of 22 Baruch College students and staff attended the Annual Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. conference at the state capitol from February 13-16. The conference’s theme this year was “United We Stand” and Baruch’s delegation was a living embodiment of that theme.

The conference was attended by a mix of students from differing class years and majors or minors at the College. The student delegation also represented the diversity of ethnicities found at Baruch College. Noting the importance of attending the conference, Undergraduate Student President Connor Levens stated, “The NYSABPRL Caucus hints at a larger message to the Baruch College community which is far greater than talking with legislators and thanking them for their support across C.U.N.Y. This Caucus sheds light on the topic of diversity across the entire State of New York....”

Included in the weekend’s itinerary were visits with alumni legislators including Speaker Carl E. Heastie MBA ’07 and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow BBA ’78. The students also met with State Senator Bill Perkins, a member of the Committee on Higher Education, in the State Senate. During their walk through the capitol complex they also had an opportunity to meet Baruch alumna and New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson MPA ’09.

The Baruch delegation attended the conference’s Labor Luncheon and had a tour of the State Capitol building including a tour of the Hall of Governor’s. At the hall of Governor’s they were addressed by Gregory O. Smiley, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a former employee in the Governor’s Office. Mr. Smiley provided them a glimpse of the roles and duties he has had throughout his career.

The association’s annual gathering attracts thousands of civic, business, and non-profit leaders and lobbyists throughout the state. The non-partisan event’s goal is “raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African-American, Hispanic, and other minority youth." The conference’s highlights include seminars on policy issues of the day, a career and business expo and craft exhibition, and a gala banquet that raises money for scholarships, among other events.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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