Diversifying CUNY’s Leadership: A CUNY-Harvard Consortium

The application period for the 2019-2020 cohort is now closed

(The application deadline was December 21, 2018)

Diversifying CUNY’s Leadership: A CUNY-Harvard Consortium is a professional development program for CUNY faculty and staff who are interested in a career in higher education leadership – with a particular emphasis on those interested in leadership positions within CUNY.  The program, which aims to cultivate a diverse group of future leaders, supports and celebrates CUNY’s commitment to a diverse community that is inclusive of all groups and individuals. The program is a partnership among CUNY, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Harvard Club of New York and is funded by a generous grant from the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and matching funds from CUNY.

Program participants

  • Attend leadership development training at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education during the summer (at no cost to the participant or his/her college)
  • Shadow a CUNY administrator who serves as a mentor during the academic year
  • Participate in cohort meetings with CUNY Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Presidents and others
  • Complete a project that addresses CUNY’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and benefits their college and their mentor’s college


For additional information, please see the 2019-20 application materials, which are available here.

The Inaugural 2018 – 2019 Program

There were 72 applicants for eight positions in the program

The 2018 – 2019 Inaugural Cohort

Dr. Stanley Bazile, Dean of Students, Lehman College

Mentor: Dr. David Gomez, President, Eugenia María de Hostos Community College

Dr. Derrick Brazill, Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences, Hunter College

Mentors: Dr. Susan Rotenberg, Interim Dean of Faculty, Division of Math and Natural Sciences, and Dr. Michael Wolfe, Dean of Faculty, Division of Social Sciences, Queens College

Dr. Dara Byrne, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Retention and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mentor: Dr. Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College

Jane Cho, Director of Administration, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Mentor: Dr. David Christy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Baruch College

Danielle Dimitrov, Esq., Interim Executive Director of Student Services, College of Staten Island

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Rosa, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, CUNY

Dr. Shelly Eversley, Associate Professor, English, Baruch College and Director of Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY

Mentor: Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Shu-Ping (Sandie) Han, Professor and Chair, Mathematics, New York City College of Technology

Mentor: Dr. Karrin Wilks, Interim President, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Dr. Ted Ingram, Professor of General Counseling, Bronx Community College

Mentor: Art King, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Baruch College

Mentor to the Inaugural Cohort

Dr. Claudia Schrader, President, Kingsborough Community College

MentorDr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez , President, Queens College

Questions?  Contact one of the program directors:

Dr. Arlene Torres, PI, Mellon Faculty Diversity and Career Enhancement Initiative, CUNY at Arlene.Torres@hunter.cuny.edu.

Dr. Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko, University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, at Annemarie.Nicols-Grinenko@cuny.edu or 646-664-8068.