Meet the Baruch BMI Advisory Board
Kristy Clementina Perez
Kristy Clementina Perez is the Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College. She also served as the founding Director of the Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program, which serves to develop and promote the academic excellence, social consciousness and leadership skills of Black and Latino male college SEEK students at Baruch. Currently, Kristy is pursing her doctorate at Rutgers Graduate School of Education with a concentration of Education, Culture & Society. Her research interests include community organizing, urban education, students of color, anti-racist and anti-oppressive educational frameworks. Ms. Perez is passionate about 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 purpose and voicing their points-of-views. Prior to coming to Baruch College, Ms. Perez served as a high school English teacher for six years at her alma mater of Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey. 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.
Rebecca Quainoo, is the Assistant 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.
Availability: Friday's 10am to 11pm
Room: VC 2-238
Andrew Lawton is a Percy E. Sutton SEEK Counselor providing academic, personal and professional counseling for Baruch students. Additionally, he serves as the Program Director for the Percy E. Sutton SEEK’s Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program, which serves to develop and promote the academic excellence, social consciousness and leadership skills of Black and Latino male college SEEK students.
Andrew has worked in education and social services for over 15 years encompassing youth development, child welfare, outpatient mental health, anti-racism, community service, advocacy, and leadership development.
Andrew is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a BS in Television, Radio and Film Production. He also earned a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. Andrew continues to nurture his interests in art and media in his work with students.
Availability: Friday's 11am to 12pm
Room: VC 2-241
Ashley Okonkwo is the Coordinator of the BMI at Baruch, passionate about utilizing and developing resources to improve student retention and foster the academic and professional success of students now and beyond.
Ashley earned her Master’s degree in Africana Studies from SUNY University at Albany, where she also attended as an undergraduate major in Africana Studies. She cultivated her niche in higher education at SUNY as a Graduate Assistant; teaching African and African-American history. She gave the commencement speech for her graduating class. Ashley is also a university professor who is dedicated to scholarship surrounding social justice, cultural sensitivity and social awareness of marginalized peoples. As a dedicated educator and higher ed administrator, Ashley has served on community panels to push dialogue concerning inequities faced by minorities of color and delivered a lecture at SUNY titled ‘Justice and Jails- Women of Color and the War on Drugs,’ and continues to service historically disadvantaged communities through education and community.
Availability: Monday & Wednesday: 3pm to 5pm / Friday: 10am to 12pm
Room: VC 2-235
Ingrid Tineo is currently the Acting Deputy Director, Employer Relations & Diversity Recruitment Initiatives in the Starr Career Development Center at Baruch College.
In addition to providing comprehensive career services to a culturally diverse undergraduate student population of approximately 15,000, Ms. Tineo is responsible for cultivating relationships with employers in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors to increase the number of networking and employment opportunities available to students and alumni. She oversees the Employer Relations Team. This Team is responsible for hosting four major career fairs including Fall Career Day, Fall CPA Fair, Spring Job & Internship fair and the Spring Diversity Career Expo; managing the On-campus Recruitment Program and corporate presentations; maintaining the online job posting service for Baruch students; and partnering with employers to develop customized programs for their hiring needs including office visits, industry panel discussions, and guest speaking engagements with student groups.
Ingrid is passionate about and committed to meeting the unique needs of students, alumni, employers, colleagues, and other stakeholders. For six consecutive years, she proudly served as the Baruch Campus Liaison for America Needs You (a Fellowship program for underrepresented, underserved high-achieving students) and has successfully introduced Baruch SEEK students to this prestigious program. Ingrid is involved and works with different committees including the Campus Career Consortium, Advising Alliance, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Women’s Leadership Initiative, Black Male Initiative/UMLA Advisory Board, MNYCCPOA Nominations Committee and others. In 2016, Ingrid was a recipient of the Alva C. Cooper Third-Place Award for “Best Practices in Career Development” for her Diversity Pipeline Career Programs Panel & Networking Event. In 2008, Ingrid was one of six individuals who received the Baruch College President Excellence Award.
Prior to joining CUNY, Ingrid worked in Sales at PageAmerica, a telecommunications company. During her first year at PageAmerica, she received the PageMaster of the Year Award for outstanding sales performance. Before that, she worked in the Human Resources Department at Young & Rubicam, the advertising agency in NYC.
Ingrid is a graduate of Fordham University with a BS in Psychology and holds an MA in Counseling from New York University. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ingrid is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Delta, Beta Alpha Psi Alpha Gamma Chapter and Golden Key International Honor Society. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA). Ingrid sits on the Board of Directors for INROADS NY/NJ and earlier this year was appointed to Secretary.
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.
Rob Kunicki was born and raised in New York City to a native New Yorker and an Ecuadorian immigrant. A first-generation college student, Rob holds a BSEd in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John’s University as well as a MA in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. He has experience working in New Student Orientation, First Year Seminar Peer Mentoring, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Currently, Rob serves as the Assistant Director for Student Success, Assessment, & Enrollment Initiatives where he has been able to translate his experience in student life to his work with retention and graduation initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Strategic Academic Initiatives. As one of the program managers for Success Network, Rob is driven by his passions for education, exploring cultural identities, leadership development, and equal opportunity and access. He is a self-proclaimed data nerd who works diligently to support his Division to improve the student experience and meet strategic priorities.Rob Kunicki was born and raised in New York City to a native New Yorker and an Ecuadorian immigrant. A first-generation college student, Rob holds a BSEd in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John’s University as well as a MA in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. He has experience working in New Student Orientation, First Year Seminar Peer Mentoring, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Currently, Rob serves as the Assistant Director for Student Success, Assessment, & Enrollment Initiatives where he has been able to translate his experience in student life to his work with retention and graduation initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Strategic Academic Initiatives. As one of the program managers for Success Network, Rob is driven by his passions for education, exploring cultural identities, leadership development, and equal opportunity and access. He is a self-proclaimed data nerd who works diligently to support his Division to improve the student experience and meet strategic priorities.
Availability: Monday & Wednesday: 4pm to 6pm
Room: VC 2-225
Marisol Morales is the Technology Specialist for the SEEK Program at Baruch College. She also serves as Advisor for the Baruch Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and is Program Coordinator for Women Empowered for Success. In addition to working in Higher Education, Marisol has experience in the fields of Hospitality, Elementary Education, Web and Graphic Design, Business Development, Technology, and the Music Industry. Marisol holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from New York City College of Technology.