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Meet the Baruch BMI Advisory Board

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 company 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.

Joseph T. Wilson II

Joseph T. Wilson

Joseph T. Wilson II grew up in the rough neighborhood of East New York and he is a recent graduate of Baruch College; where he obtained a B.S. in Public Administration with a minor in Black Studies and Communications. During his tenure at Baruch he served as the President of the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. and has been interning at JPMorgan Chase & Co. for the past year as IB Analyst. Joseph intends on going to graduate school for his MBA. In keeping with NABA's motto "Lifting as we Climb" Joseph has started his own program called Inspirational Dreams, where he volunteers his time by speaking to 6th and 7th grade students at various schools about the importance of staying in school, setting goals for themselves, inspiring them to be better men and women and explaining how education will eventually lead them to success rather than being another statistic.

Joseph plays the cello, cooks, travels, listens to music and he is also a basic bachata and merengue dancer. He is also a Yankee, Eagles, Celtics fan and a Kobe hater for no reason. Joseph is excited to what the future holds not only for himself, but for his community and looks forward to continuing to make a larger impact on the African American community.

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.

Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Tony Davis, the Director of College Now and Collaborative Programs, is responsible for the overall development, administration, and assessment of the College's academic outreach programs for New York City public high school students. In addition, he oversees all collaborative academic programming between Baruch College and Baruch College Campus High School. Mr. Davis has 17 years of experience working with collaborative high schools—college initiatives with a special emphasis on working with low-income populations in urban schools. Over the past four years, Mr. Davis has brought strong leadership to the Baruch College Now program.

He sits on the Advisory Boards of the Union Square Business Academy at Washington Irving High School, Virtual Enterprises International, The National Academy of Finance,University Neighborhood High School and the East Harlem Tutorial Program.

As the second full-time professional dedicated to the development and growth of high school outreach programs at Baruch College, Mr. Davis has redesigned Baruch's College Now program and has focused on equal access to higher education, minority male recruitment and college readiness for the low income first generation population.

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.

Timothy J. London

Timothy J. London

Timothy J. London is the Assistant Project Director of CUNY Black Male Initiative at Baruch College, a University-wide program dedicated to increasing the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly African American and Latino males.

He spent most of his childhood growing up in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn and is a graduate of Baruch College; where he obtained a B.S. in Corporate Communications with a minor in Psychology. While studying at Baruch he was actively involved with a wide variety of clubs on campus and made certain he had a holistic college experience.

Timothy loves the arts, sports and anything that involves being in a fun environment. He is passionate about growth and development of the youth within the community and spends a lot of time building friendships and relationships with those who share his passion.