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Meet the Baruch BMI Advisory Board

Dr. Angela Anselmo

Angela Anselmo

Angela Anselmo is the Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program. In keeping with the SEEK mission statement, Dr. Anselmo believe that hard-working students who want to succeed should be given the academic and counseling support they need to accomplish their goals.  She firmly believes it is the job of the SEEK staff to serve its students. While recognizing the temptation for the counselors to friend their students, she believes that the students need skilled professionals who are knowledgeable about Baruch and who will guide. They have plenty of friends—they never enough support and encouragement as they strive to realize their dreams. She acknowledges that the staff has to be tough at times as they help students move from point “A” to point “B.”

Dr. Anselmo takes her responsibilities as a Baruch faculty member very seriously. Over the course of her career, she has been part of many divisional, college and university committees. These include the department’s P&B; the Faculty Senate’s Educational Policy Committee, as well as the University Council of Special Program Directors. She currently serves as the Director of the Black Male Initiative and she is the creator of the Percy E. Sutton Urban Male Leadership Academy. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service.

She has two Masters degrees, the first in the area of Guidance and Counseling from the Consortium for Bilingual Counselor Education (a Consortium of colleges involving CUNY and the University of Puerto Rico) and the second in Psychology from Yeshiva University. She has a combined Doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Linguistics (Bilingual Developmental Psychology). She attended the New Seminary in New York City where she was ordained as an Inter-faith minister. She is also a certified happiness coach.

Dr. Anselmo enjoys lecturing and doing workshops in the areas of spirituality, metaphysics, meditation and cultural diversity. In  2005, having wrestled with questions of identity throughout her life, she co-authored a book with her sister, Dr. Alma Rubal-Lopez, entitled, On Becoming Nuyoricans. Part autobiography, part reflection on culture and pedagogy, the book was a defining moment in her intellectual and personal odyssey.

Rebecca Quainoo

Rebecca Quainoo

Rebecca Quainoo, MSW, is the Associate Director of the BMI program at Baruch College. In this role, Rebecca is dedicated to supporting Black and Latino males by addressing social and academic inequalities and providing opportunities for them to succeed. She is also committed to increasing enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students from underrepresented populations.

As a SEEK counselor, Rebecca provides academic and personal counseling. She is committed to the field of higher education and is very passionate about empowering and motivating students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Rebecca also enjoys helping students to identify and ignite their academic, social and professional passions.

Rebecca has earned her Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from S.U.N.Y Albany and has dedicated 10 years to providing a range of preventive clinical and case management services to families in the Northeast Bronx.

Rebecca is also the founder and faculty advisor of a newly developed club called Women Empowered for Success, W.E.S at Baruch College. The vision for WES is for women to challenge themselves to address the many obstacles they encounter on a daily basis. WES also aims to empower the whole aspect of a woman by helping them to gain confidence and to work towards becoming the best version of themselves, while allowing their light to shine.

Kristy Clementina Perez

Kristy Perez

Kristy Clementina Perez is the Deputy Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College. She is responsible for providing academic, personal and professional counseling. Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for the Percy E. Sutton SEEK’s Urban Male Leadership Academy Program, which serves to develop and promote the academic excellence, social consciousness and leadership skills of Black and Latino male college SEEK students.

Ms. Perez is interested in co-creating transformative, holistic and life-affirming educational experiences with her students. She considers herself a social justice educator and actively works with students in defining their passions and voicing their points-of-views. She teaches a 2-credit leadership course, facilitates diversity workshops and is certified in Reuven Bar-On Emotional Intelligence EQ-I (Emotional Quotient Inventory).

Prior to coming to Baruch College, Ms. Perez served as a high school English teacher at her alma mater of Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey for several years. She earned a BA in English from Douglass College at Rutgers University and a MSW with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning & Development from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Ms. Perez is also a poet, writer and community organizer. She is passionate about social justice issues and provides workshops on self-healing techniques for women of color throughout New York. She is proud of her Dominican culture and is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

James Bravo

James BravoJames Bravo is a recent graduate from Baruch College/CUNY with a BA in Psychology. He is part of the first graduating class of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program. During his time at Baruch College he became Co-founder of the UMLA Advisory Board, which gives Undergrad UMLA students a chance togive back and help the program continue to grow inside and out of Baruch College. He served as Vice-President for the UMLA Advisory Board for the 2011-2012 academic year. He was fortunate enough to show others the growth and success of the UMLA by presenting at countless conferences such as “Sharing What Works” and “Focusing on Access and Opportunity” Tri-State conference of 2013 on Special Programs as a main presenter alongside Ms. Kristy Perez, Director of the UMLA Program, and three other UMLA Brothers. Throughout his time as an undergrad he has aided in the interview processes for perspective incoming UMLA students and has served as an UMLA Advisory Board Advisor. He has brought some insights as Chair of Marketing for the Dominican Club named ASEDOM (Asociacion Estudantil Dominicana). Post-graduation he has become the Program Coordinator for the UMLA Scholars Program, a Black Male Initiative project at Baruch College, with a mission to expand awareness of the UMLA Program within Baruch and CUNY wide.

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson's employment career has involved public, private and proprietary higher education institutions (Baruch College, College of New Rochelle and School of Visual) as a Financial Aid Administration, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services and Loan Director, respectively. Additionally, his career expanded into the private sector, as Sales Executive and Director for companies such as Sallie Mae, Nelnet, Manpower and NexGen Marketing. He is the recipient of several sales achievement awards in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The awards were in recognition of exceeding company target sales goals and increasing market share. His current position is Financial Aid Advisor spearheading the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program.

Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler

Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler

Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler is in the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch. Her research and teaching focuses on international migration and race/ethnicity. Dr. Treitler teaches courses with titles like "The Evolution and Expression of Racism," "Race and Global Inequality," "Migration and Diasporas," and "Art of the Other." (Her classes are easy to pass if you keep up with the readings, easy to fail if you don't; and she is totally intolerant of cheating and plagiarism.) Her newest book The Ethnic Project; Transforming Racial Fictions into Ethnic Factions (Stanford, 2013) is an selected ethnic history of the United States theorizing that what we claim to know about ethnic groups depends on how we racialize them, and that ethnic groups themselves help create that mythology to improve their racial image. Dr. Treitler is also a visual artist.

Dr. Arthur Lewin

Dr. Arthur Lewin

Dr. Arthur Lewin is a member of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has been at the college since 1979. The courses he has taught include Black Americans and the Mass Media, Black Economic Development Since 1860, The Black Family and Africa After Independence. His scholarly works include "Towards A Grand Theory of Black Studies," and his popular publications include the book Africa Is Not A Country: It's A Continent! This summer he will be teaching The Black Male Initiative summer course for high school students for the third year in a row. He is very much interested in the success of the Black Male Initiative Program and the overall success of the mission of the City University of New York of which the BMI is a vital component.


Monica Dean

Monica Dean is the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. Ms. Dean has over 20 years of professional business experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors including six years as a senior manager of a national not-for-profit recognized for developing innovative theories and practices on inner city business development, and six years as a consultant with the firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Ms. Dean holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and has a number of publications and workshops to her credit. She has served as a panelist at several major business conferences and has spoken on urban business issues before various academic and business groups nationwide.