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Assistant Professor Regina A. Bernard-Carreno Selected Among "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" by



NEW YORK, NY-March 24, 2015 - Regina A. Bernard-Carreno, Ph.D., of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, was recently selected among NerdScholar’s “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire.”

As Assistant Professor in The Department of Black and Latino Studies, Bernard-Carreno was among the 40 professors who were selected nationally for their ability to “...leave impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us.”

Bernard-Carreno holds a deep interest in feminism and women’s studies and looks for ways to incorporate the subject matter into her classes. Bernard-Carreno published her first book, Black and Brown Waves: The Cultural Politics of Young Women of Color and Feminism, which she says was inspired by her students.

Bernard-Carreno has become well-known around Baruch for her nontraditional style of teaching. In past years, as part of their course work, her students organized the production and screening of their very own documentary film. Required to go out and film women and men all over New York City, the students asked them the question, “Are you a feminist?” The result was quite successful, with around 110 people attending the film’s premiere.

Students in Dr. Bernard-Carreno’s classes have also been required to take on volunteer assignments that last throughout the semester. In November 2014, students enrolled in Dr. Bernard's “Evolution and Expressions of Racisim” BLS 1003 course, spent hours assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and care packages as part of their “November Project” to feed some of New York City’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

A Hell’s Kitchen native, Bernard-Carreno received her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, a second master’s from the CUNY Graduate Center (the first was from Columbia University), and a Ph.D. in Urban Education, also from the Graduate Center. She has taught graduate-level courses at Hunter College’s School of Education as well as courses at Boricua College.

NerdScholar is a financial literacy website that empowers students to make smart financial choices. The website walks students through the process of choosing a best-fit college, applying for financial aid, taking out student loans, paying back those loans, and landing a job. The NerdScholar FAFSA Guide, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides students with a step-by-step tutorial to use while applying for federal financial aid.

Methodology: These 40 inspirational professors were nominated based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, desire to interact with students outside of class and collaborate on research projects. Nominations were collected through student and faculty recommendations, articles such as the Princeton Review’s Best Professors list and other pieces highlighting universities with outstanding professors, supplemented by crowd-sourced review sites such as and

In 2014, Gilad Harel, Adjunct Professor in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences was recognized among “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 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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