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Baruch College Student Wins Grand PRize in CUNY Art Contest

CUNY-wide Student Challenge Focused on Campus Diversity


New York, NY - May 31, 2017 Liana Tenorio (’17), a Business Communications student of Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, won the grand prize in the CUNY-wide “Strength in Us” art challenge.

The contest, an initiative of CUNY’s Campus Climate Task Force, encouraged students to submit artwork that depicted the importance of a just, diverse, and inclusive campus climate. Students were also tasked with idealizing a future of what it would be like if CUNY became the global leader in furthering active and respectful inquiries; or in ways that students could advance educational opportunities at CUNY for students from around the world.

In considering the creative form for her contest submission, Tenorio opted to produce a video that showcased students who immigrated to New York.Her project, “Only One,” highlights their thoughts on what diversity means to them in their educations and lives. See her “Only One” project here.

While making the video, Tenoria found that although the students came from different backgrounds, they held a common belief. All agreed that diversity contributes to being a better student, as you can learn from one another’s cultures and experiences.

For Tenorio, diversity also holds a specific meaning. “There should be no divisions, no space for hate or discrimination,” she explained, “We all bring different backgrounds and cultures to our shared spaces and, in the end, we can always find connections with others.”

The “Strength in Us” art challenge received 49 submissions and 575 votes were cast to choose a winner. According to CUNY, the wide range in submissions is a testament to students’ artistic talent and reflective of their concepts of diversity among the colleges.

See all the winners here.


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