The Black Male Initiative Advisory Board comprises senior members of the Baruch College community who are dedicated to providing vision, counsel, and advocacy for the student support programs that make up BMI at Baruch.
Mary Gorman currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives. Before that, she served as Chief of Staff to four Baruch College presidents since her arrival in 2001. Ms. Gorman chaired the College’s Auxiliary Enterprise Corporation Board of Directors for eight years, managed the process that produced Baruch’s current strategic plan, and participated in CUNY’s Executive Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining Baruch College, she worked at New York University in a variety of roles including executive associate to the dean of the College of Arts and Science; director of orientation and freshman programs; academic advisor; director of an undergraduate honors program; and special events manager. Before beginning her career in higher education administration, Gorman worked as a researcher for the New York City Board of Correction and a writer for NYC Mayor Ed Koch. She holds a BA in Sociology and Religious Studies from New York University, where she also pursued graduate studies in Medieval History; she is currently working towards a degree in higher education administration.
Director of Technology Support Services, Baruch Computing and Technology CenterEmail
HECTOR CORDERO GUZMAN
Professor of Sociology, Marxe School of Public and International AffairsEmail
Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán joined Baruch College in 2002 as the Chair of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department and is currently a Professor at the Austin Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Dr. Cordero-Guzman has published academic research and taught graduate courses on issues related to youth development and outcomes; education outcomes, processes and institutions; labor markets and employment; poverty and inequality; economic and community development; non-profit organizations and philanthropy; micro-finance and small business development; international migration; race and ethnic relations; and aspects related to education, health, labor, employment, welfare and social policy. His most recent book is Poverty in Puerto Rico: A Socio-Economic and Demographic Analysis with Raul Figueroa and Alberto Velazquez (309 pages). San Juan, PR: Inter-American University Press (2016). Over his career, Dr. Cordero-Guzman has collaborated and worked as a consultant to many government, research, and community-based organizations and worked as a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation. Dr. Cordero-Guzman has also served on the board of directors of several organizations including The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, The Economic Policy Institute, The Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), El Museo Del Barrio, and New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and was recently elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Cordero-Guzman received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology and Demography from The University of Chicago.
Robert B. Curry is the Director of Public Safety for Baruch College and is responsible for all aspects of law enforcement, safety, security and emergency preparedness for the Institution.
Chief Curry has served in law enforcement for more than 27 years. He was appointed as the Public Safety Director in January of 2020 and is credited with Co-Creating and transmuting two City University of New York campuses prior to his promotion.
From 1992 to June 2012, Chief Curry served with distinction at Hostos Community College where he Co-created a Public Safety Department that is well recognized for producing the largest most diverse leadership talent pool in the City University of New York. Robert Curry is a graduate of The City University of New York class of 1992 where he joined the University Public Safety Department as a sworn Peace Officer in the rank of Sergeant. His continuous service spans well over 27 years at various CUNY institutions.
He worked in patrol, field training and community policing while being assigned to Hostos Community College before being promoted to the Deputy Director in 2004. Robert transferred to The City College of New York where he also served as the Deputy Chief for 7 years.
Robert earned his Associates Degree in Public Administration from Hostos Community College in. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Lehman College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Queens College. He is also an FBI – LEEDA trilogy award recipient.
PAQUITA DAVIS FRIDAY
Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, Zicklin School of BusinessEmail
Interim Chair of Black and Latinx Studies, Weissman School of Arts and SciencesEmail
Shelly Eversley teaches literature, feminism, and African American Studies in the English Department and in the Black and Latino Studies Department. She is Interim Chair of the Black and Latino Studies Department and Provost Faculty Fellow. Alongside Cathy N. Davidson, she is Director of Innovative Pedagogy in the Program for Transformational Learning in the Humanities, part of a $10M initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has recently served as Academic Director of the City University of New York’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and is Founder of equalityarchive.com, an open educational resource on gender equality. She is the author of The “Real” Negro: The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth Century African American Literature (Routledge, 2004) as well as several scholarly essays on literature, race, and culture. She is editor of The Sexual Body and The 1970s, both special issues of WSQ, a journal by the Feminist Press. She is also editor of the book Black Art, Politics, and Aesthetics in 1960s African American Literature and Culture (forthcoming, Cambridge 2021), and is completing new book titled The Practice of Blackness: Cold War Surveillance, Censorship, and African American Literary Survival. She earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and her graduate degrees at The Johns Hopkins University.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Weissman School of Arts and SciencesEmail
Kenya Nyota Lee has more than eighteen years of experience in higher education administration. She currently holds the position of Chief of Staff at Baruch College in the capacity of advisor to senior leadership, policy making and execution, project leadership, strategic initiatives and planning; and actively advocates for a culture of engagement and recognition, leadership development, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Her professional experience also includes the magazine publishing and banking industries. She holds a BA in English from Queens College/CUNY, an MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University. Ms. Lee is the Regional Coordinator of the New York City Region for the ACE New York State Women’s Network, which facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education.
Professor of Black and Latino Studies, Weissman School of Arts and SciencesEmail
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Art serves as chief student affairs administrator at Baruch College. Before joining the College in 2014, he was Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at San José State University (SJSU). Prior to SJSU, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity and adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at Towson University, and before that, he held progressively responsible higher education leadership positions and adjunct faculty roles at George Mason University (GMU) and Georgia Southern University (GSU).
A staunch advocate for student-centered learning and engagement, Art is the recipient of several awards for enhancing the student experience and promoting inclusive excellence. He underwent specialized management training in leading transformation and change through the Management & Leadership in Education (MLE) Institute at Harvard University. Art completed PhD coursework in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at GMU, earned a MEd in Higher Education Student Development and BS in Communication Arts from GSU, and received an AAS in Mass Communication from the Barbados Community College.
Kristy Clementina Perez is the Director of a Higher Education Opportunity Program called the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College. She is also 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. Kristy possesses 19 years of professional experience in the field of urban education. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of her doctoral studies at Rutgers Graduate School of Education with a concentration of Education, Culture & Society. Ms. Perez also served as a high school English teacher and 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.
Deputy Director of Employer Relations and Diversity Initiatives, Starr Career Development CenterEmail
Deputy Director of Development/Chief Foundation Relations Officer, College AdvancementEmail
Mary Tufts is the Deputy Director of Development, Chief Foundation Relations Officer at Baruch College, where her fundraising supports student programs across campus. She previously served as Chief Development and Communications Officer at FPWA, an organization committed to advocating on behalf of economically disadvantaged New Yorkers, and as Director of Institutional Giving at A Better Chance, whose Leadership Program creates opportunities nationwide for students of color.
Mary’s background encompasses both grant seeking and grant making, giving her a unique perspective. In her role as Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at the Twenty-First Century Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to Black Community Change, Mary worked on national education initiatives for young Black men in seven US cities, and on rebuilding efforts in the Black community in New Orleans post-Katrina.
Mary has served as the New York State Representative to the national Grants Professional Association, working on regulatory and professional development issues for the grants profession in New York. Teaching has also played a big role in Mary’s work. She has taught at the New York Public Library, SAGE, NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy, the Foundation Center, and guest lectured at Baruch’s Marxe School. Mary has also served as a Management Assistance team volunteer for Robin Hood.