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Baruch College Recognizes Leaders at Community Reception, December 3

   ScottStringer         Melissa Mark-Viverito         AlejandraOCeja

Hon. Scott M. Stringer
Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
Alejandra O. Ceja

New York, NY - November 21, 2013-Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein and Baruch College will be honoring three community leaders for their support of the college and the City University of New York at its annual Community Reception scheduled Tuesday, December 3, on the Baruch campus.

This year’s honorees are the Hon. Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President and Comptroller-Elect; Baruch alumna Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Member (District #8); and alumna Alejandra O. Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence.


WHAT: Baruch College Community Reception

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2012

WHERE: Baruch College, Information and Technology Building, Rackow Room 750

151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor

MEDIA RSVP: Manny Romero at (646) 660-6141 or at


Distinguished Leader Award Honoree:

Scott M. Stringer, a native New Yorker, is the 26th Manhattan Borough President. Since taking office at the start of 2006, he has dedicated himself to making Manhattan more affordable, livable and breathable, preserving the sense of neighborhood for the 1.6 million residents of what is best known as a world capital of culture and commerce.

Stringer has authored a number of ground-breaking policy reports on issues of importance to every New Yorker, including parental involvement in our public schools, nursing home emergency preparedness, transportation, paid leave for employees, school overcrowding, and wasteful tax breaks for fast food restaurant and gas stations.

Prior to being elected borough president, Stringer served for thirteen years in the State Assembly, where he authored legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, led the successful fight to end “empty-seat voting” in Albany, and voted against every attempt to weaken rent regulations.

Distinguished Alumna Award Honoree:

Melissa Mark-Viverito, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was elected to the City Council in January 2006 to serve as Council Member for the 8th Council District. Mark-Viverito is the first Puerto Rican woman and Latina elected to represent her district. She has sponsored several local laws to address tenant harassment, increase safety and transparency in our public parks, and improve safety at construction sites. In the fall of 2009, Mark-Viverito was elected to a second term as Council Member for District 8. She currently serves as Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee as well as Co-Chair of the NYC Council Progressive Caucus and Co-Vice Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

Prior to her election to the City Council, Mark-Viverito worked for the 1199 SEIU New York’s Health Care Union, as well as several community organizations and political campaigns. Mark-Viverito attended Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City where she earned her B.A. majoring in Political Science in 1991. She was selected to attend the National Urban Fellows Program and earned her Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1995.

Education Advocate of the Year Award Honoree:

Alejandra Ceja was appointed by the White House on May 6, 2013, to serve President Barack Obama and the secretary of education as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In her role, Ceja works closely with the Latino community and the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to implement the goals and deliverables under Executive Order 13555, by which President Obama renewed the initiative, and better align the work of the initiative with the Department’s cradle-to-career agenda.

A native of Huntington Park, Calif., Ceja holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, at the City University of New York. She is a graduate of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Fellowship, the Presidential Management Fellows program, the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the National Urban Fellows program.


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. 4 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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