Guttman’s Women of GRIT Holds 4th Annual Meet and Greet Event with Mentors



February 26, 2019 | Career Development, Student Engagement

From left to right: Ms. Celia Lloyd, Djenabou Barry
From left to right: Ms. Celia Lloyd, Djenabou Barry

At the 4th Annual Meet and Greet Event with Mentors, the accomplished and dedicated mentors of Guttman’s Women of Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, and Talent (GRIT) were formally introduced to their student mentees for the first time. In a warm welcome, President Scott Evenbeck thanked the mentors for their service and investment in Guttman’s Women of GRIT. Students in the mentoring program participate in monthly workshops designed to foster a sense of community and leadership through promoting academic, personal, and professional success. This links our promising young female and male scholars to a vital support network, which reinforces the validation and inspiration they experience through mentorship.

This year’s mentors epitomize the values at the heart of the program – Academic Excellence, Personal Development, Professionalism, Community Service and Leadership. They represent an impressive variety of institutions and fields from human resources to information technology. Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Services, and Licensed Speech Language Pathologist Denise Cruz and Nathalia Fonseca, Clinical Supervisor and Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, are colleagues at Marymount Manhattan College. Kim M. Ferguson is Human Resources Benefits Officer at The City College of New York, CUNY, where Celia Lloyd is Assistant Vice President for Academic Momentum and Student Success. Also from within CUNY are: Guttman’s Human Services Field Assistant Malinda Eberly, Application Developer Suma Gopal, and Campus Security Director Anastasia Koutsidis; CUNY Workforce Development Manager Stephanie Jasmin; and Baruch College CAPS Program Lecturer Sabrina Kizzie, who is also a Speaker and the Creator of Sales Engineer Kevin Romero works at the cybersecurity firm Forcepoint; former teacher and librarian Elisa Oviedo is the Instructional Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education division of the NYC Department of Education; and Lusheena Warner is the Chief of Staff for the Center for NYC Neighborhoods.

The Women of GRIT at Guttman was co-founded by Dr. Tracy Daraviras, Associate Professor of English, and Ms. Victoria Romero, Associate Director of Student Support and Academic Advising. They are joined in the leadership team by Co-Coordinator Ms. Patricia Jean, Senior Career Advisor at the Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement (OPCE), and Executive Board member Dr. Nicola Blake, Dean of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of English.