Nidzaida Garcia is the Associate Director of the Student Academic Consulting Center and Immersion Programs at Baruch College. In this role, she is committed to serving undergraduate students in their endeavors to succeed both academically and in their chosen careers paths. Nidzaida accomplishes this by developing and implementing a variety of programs to offer the highest quality of student support services. She has been an active member of the Baruch community for over 10 years and extends her relationship beyond S.A.C.C. to working with academic departments and administrative units to foster a transformative learning experience for Baruch College students. Nidzaida earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University.
PJ is the Program Assistant for BMI @Baruch. PJ received his B.S. degree, CUNY, with dual interdisciplinary concentrations in Business Management for Performing Arts, Baruch College, and Classical Performing Arts, Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College.
At Queens College he was the Networking & Recruitment Aide in Academic Advising for the CUNY BMI Program: Project ExCEL, while also serving as the Lead Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Additionally, PJ participated in CUNY Service Corps where he worked in the Office of Collaborative Programs for College Now as a Program Assistant at Baruch College.
PJ was the Assistant Theatre Manager of the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL, where he also taught a course on the convergence of Business and Performing Arts in the Community Education Department.
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.
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.
Alexandra Lozada has been at Baruch since 2012 and currently serves as Director for Enrollment Marketing and Communications. Alex has more than 18 years of experience in higher education administration. She plays an integral role in creating and implementing marketing strategies in our recruitment and enrollment initiatives. Part of the work is dedicated to creating networks and making connections to improve the pipeline of Black and Latino students in to higher education. Additionally, she is involved in implementing retention based strategies to close the performance and graduation gap for Black and Latino college students. Prior to coming to Baruch College, Alex worked in College Advancement at the University of Miami. Alex is the daughter of Colombian immigrants. She was born in New York City and at a young age moved to Michigan. She holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from New York University. Alex is the founder and President of the Latino Alumni of Michigan State University and is an engaged parent advocate in NYC District 1.
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.
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.
Natalie Pinela has served as a higher education professional for over 13 years at her alma mater, Baruch College. Natalie’s seeking of equitable and impactful initiatives motivated her advancement toward become a CliftonStrengths Certified Coach as of March 2018. Introducing strengths-based development to over 200 staff and students since then, Natalie is committed to equity, inclusion and social justice while helping individuals discover and embrace their self-capital. She understands that ever-evolving dynamics of the diverse learners and values the cultural wealth around her. A Brooklyn native, she enjoys visiting Coney Island every chance she gets with her husband and kids and is a compulsive window shopper.
Kamal is a bronx native with roots in Ghana and Jamaica. He is a graduate student at Baruch studying international affairs with a concentration in International Non-Profits in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. He also graduated from Hunter, Hostos College and is a CUNY BA Alumni. He is also a community activist and promotes a holistic approach to education.