Diversity Projects Development Fund

The Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management established the Diversity Projects Development Fund to support scholarly research projects and other educational activities for or about populations that are traditionally under-represented within higher education. The purpose of the Fund is to assist in the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities which promote diversity, multiculturalism, affirmative action, and non-discrimination on the basis of the following categories: race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, veteran or marital status. Projects that are sustainable, replicable, or with potential for University-wide impact are particularly encouraged.

We are pleased to announce the following recipients of the Diversity Projects Development Fund for 2011-2012:
Ray Allen, Professor of Conservatory Music, Brooklyn College
Jeffrey Taylor, Professor of Conservatory Music, Brooklyn College
Project:  “Two-day residency and pre-concert lecture by Latin jazz expert Arturo O'Farrill, including performance by Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble”

Tony Allicino, Director, Programs for Deaf Adults, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College
Project:  "9th Annual LaGuardia/CUNY Celebrates Deaf History, Culture, and Language"

Sheldon Applewhite, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Human Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Project:  "An Examination of the Socio-Cultural, Psychosocial, and Relationship Factors that Influence Resilience to HIV Risk among Black Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Couples"

Sau-Fong Au, Director, Women’s Center, Brooklyn College
Ellen Goldner, Director, Women’s Center, College of Staten Island
Project:  "Assessing Women's Centers Services and Linking Them to Student Success"

George Brandon, Associate Medical Professor, Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Collaborators: Executive Committee of the Black Studies Program- Venus Green, History and Black Studies, Aisha Samad-Mattias, Anthropology and Black Studies
Gordon Thompson, Director, CCNY Black Studies Program
Project:  “Promoting awareness and discussion of key African and African diasporic cultural institutions, forms, and expressions”

John Buoncora, Instructor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Queensborough Community College
Stuart Asser, Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Queensborough Community College
Hamid Namdar, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Queensborough Community College
Belle Birchfield, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Queensborough Community College
Marvin Gayle, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Queensborough Community College
Collaborators: Danny Mangra, Assistant Professor, Jeffrey L. Schwartz, Instructor, Vincent Stigliano, Associate Professor
Project: “Robotics project involving women and minority students in the design and building of robots.”

Dale Byam, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Brooklyn College
Project: “Exploring race through plays”

Lei Cai, Assistant Professor, Advertising Design & Graphic Arts Department, New York City College of Technology
Project:  “Raising awareness of the cultural and historical underpinnings of Chinese written characters”
    
Jacoby Adeshei Carter, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, John Jay College
Project: “Explaining and interpreting Alain L. Locke's work in the larger contemporary philosophical context”

Jie Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, College of Staten Island
Project:  "Health Care Expenditures and Utilizations among Asian Americans"

Juan J. Delacruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Lehman College
Project:  “Examining the effects of incarceration and U.S. drug policy on the HIV epidemic for Blacks and Hispanics in NYC.”

Jeannette Espinoza, Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Paralegal Studies, New York City College of Technology
Project:  “Access to Legal Assistance (ALA) Pilot Program, pairing Hispanic students in NYCCT's Law and Paralegal Studies program with Hispanic community members needing legal assistance”

Mario Gonzalez-Corzo, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Lehman College
Dene Hurley, Associate Professor, Department of Business, Lehman College
Project:  “Examining the trends and characteristics of African American, compared against Hispanic, populations and businesses in the Bronx.”
Jennifer Hayashida, Director, Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College
Project:  "Making Asian America Visible" 3-part series of events, educating the campus about Asian American contributions in public policy, popular culture, and the arts.”

Mandë Holford, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Hunter College
Project:  “RAISE-W (Resource Assisted Initiatives in Science Empowerment for Women)”

Samuel D. Johnson, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Baruch College
Project:  “Supporting professional development and cultural competence within the Mental Health Counseling Training Programs of the City University of New York”

Xiaohai Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Engineering Technology, New York City College of Technology
Project:  "Aerial Robotics: An Open Extra‐curriculum Project for Raising Student Potentials in Technology"

Andrea McArdle, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
Cynthia Soohoo, Director, International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, Department of Clinical Faculty, CUNY School of Law
Project:  “Recent developments in international women¹s human rights law”

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College
Project:  "Beyond the Numbers:  Realizing Institutional Transformation through Women's Leadership.  A Training Programme for Commonwealth Parliamentarians, National Women's Machineries Staff and Ministers"

Robert Oliva, Director, Magner Center for Career Development and Internships, Brooklyn College
Suzanne Grossman, Career Education and Training Coordinator, Magner Center for Career Development and Internships, Brooklyn College
Project:  "Out in the Workplace"

Maria E. Perez y Gonzalez, Chairperson, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College
Project:  “Promoting and engaging student interest in multicultural studies, research projects, lectures/workshops and events”

Rossen Petkov, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Lehman College
Project:  “Self-funded investment in human development and class segregation reduction for Roma population in Eastern Europe from US perspective.”

Jessica Rothman, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College
Project:  “Providing research opportunities for minorities in Biological Anthropology”

Evan Senreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Lehman College
Project:  "The Needs of LGBT Latino and Black Clients in Substance Abuse Treatment"

Lili Shi, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and Performing Arts, Kingsborough Community College
Project:  “Examining Brooklyn's Chinatown and Chinese mothers’ acculturation experiences”

Graciela Elizalde Utnick, Director, Roberta S. Matthews Center for Teaching, Brooklyn College
Project:  “Increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills around diversity issues for faculty and Directors of the CUNY Centers for Teaching.”

Barbara Winslow, Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education, School of education
Project:  “Be a Catalyst for Change:  Shirley Chisholm's Lifelong Legacy”

Antony Wong, Program Coordinator, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, Queens College
Project:  "Asian American Communities:  East Coast-West Coast Comparative"