Transfer Sessions

Conference Opening: President Anthony E. Munroe

Anthony E. Munroe was appointed as BMCC’s 11th President and began his leadership role on September 1, 2020. A nationally recognized executive with more than 30 years experience leading education and health-care organizations, Dr. Munroe has since 2017 been president of Essex County College, one of the most diverse colleges in New Jersey and a national leader in boosting the social mobility of its graduates. He was previously president of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system.
A first-generation U.S. citizen who grew up in the Bronx and attended New York City public schools, Dr. Munroe holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College with a concentration in health education.
His extensive experience includes serving as associate vice president of health systems affairs at Ross University School of Medicine in New Jersey and as president of Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. He was also executive director of Family Health Services in the New York City Department of Health, overseeing an agency with a $200 million budget and more than 100 service sites.
Dr. Munroe is an international expert on cultural competency and disparities in health care and was named one of the top 25 minority health care executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and on the Commission on Student Success with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He was recently named a winner of the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Paragon Award for New Presidents, which recognizes college presidents who have shown strong support for student success at their schools.

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Friday: 9:30am–9:45am

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Cohort Programs: CUNY EDGE – Empowering Students to Excel During the Pandemic: Guidance with Transfer Process and Well Being

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many unforeseen challenges that has affected higher education, its processes, and most important its students. Specifically, students that plan on graduating in the 2020 spring semester and transfer in the fall semester are some of the most affected. This session plans on exploring how advisors can advise students throughout the transfer process. Advisors will explore the new challenges that this pandemic has created for the transfer process including college open house presentations, transportation and virtual or on-campus classes to name a few. Additionally, advisors will explore how to empower students to complete graduation and follow though with the transfer process even in the midst of an uncertain future.


  • Okyeraa Ohene-Asah
  • Andy Piña
  • Marlena Santiago
  • Roseanny C. De La Cruz

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Friday: 9:45am – 10:30am

Cohort Programs: BMCC Learning Academy – The Long Game: Implementing Interactive, Twelve-Week Transfer Advisement Seminars

Panelists from the BMCC Learning Academy will summarize their work developing and teaching two different twelve-week, transfer-focused success seminars: Transfer Exploration, which covers transfer research, defining a “best fit” college, and navigating college applications; and Graduate Advantage, which is for students in their last semester at BMCC and covers more complicated transfer research, self-advocacy, help-seeking, and connecting to campus. The online panel will feature a student who has taken the Learning Academy’s transfer seminars.


  • Sara Crosby
  • James Nadeau
  • Cindy Louissaint

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Friday: 9:45am – 10:30am

Cohort Programs: College Discovery

This session will provide a brief overview of the College Discovery Program across CUNY. One of the primary benefits for CD students is that they can transfer their benefits into their selected four-year college within CUNY, SUNY, and Private colleges. We will share our model and the intended design to provide a seamless transition for our students, with a full package of support at their senior college.


  • Pedro Perez, BMCC, College Discovery Director
  • Kristy Perez, Baruch College, SEEK Director

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Friday: 9:45am – 10:30am

Pedro Perez
Kristy Perez

CUNY Transfer Panel

BMCC has a strong relationship and many articulation agreements with its CUNY partners: Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and New York City College of Technology. All three are important transfer destinations for BMCC students. Representatives from each college will highlight their most competitive programs and address all of your transfer related questions.


  • Larry Bosket, Assistant Director of Admissions, Brooklyn College
  • Anne Lanza, Admissions Counselor, Hunter College
  • Chastity Norman, Transfer Specialist, New York City College of Technology
  • Catherine Zonsky, Associate Director of Academic Advising Center, Queens College

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Friday: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Larry Bosket
Anne Lanza
Chastity Norman
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Catherine Zonsky

Breakout Sessions: Law with Rick Naughton

The Importance of Early Pre-law Advisement for Transfer Students

Transfer students are usually at a huge disadvantage if they intend to go to law school right after college. That's because many of them will be taking the LSAT by the end of their first year at the senior college and applying to law school just a few months later. Without proper pre-law advisement over their first few years in college, these transfer students lack the necessary preparation they need to gain admission to law school. As a result, it is critical that all BMCC students interested in attending law school have solid pre-law advisement right now. If you want to learn how to better advise and support these pre-law students, this session is right for you.

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Friday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions: Fashion with Juantiesha Christian

F.A.S.T. Focus on Fashion:
An Advisor’s Guide to Fashion and Art Schools for Transfer

New York City is the hub of the fashion industry in the United States and home to some of the most notable fashion schools in North America. In the competitive field of fashion, it important for individuals to cultivate a sense of uniqueness and creativity, along with a Bachelor’s degree. As academic advisors, it is important that we can use our knowledge of the local and global fashion industries, associated careers and educational options to help usher BMCC students into the next phase in their educational career. In this session, advisors will get a better understanding of six Fashion Schools in the area, their niche and the transfer requirements, so we can effectively guide our students into a school that fits their needs.  We will also address the most suitable BMCC programs and courses for transferring into a fashion program, portfolio guidance and courses that will help create it, career information and unique jobs, as well as transfer scholarships and other funding opportunities.

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Friday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions: UMLA with Ashtian Holmes

Integrating Culture and the Whole Person for Transfer 

BMCC’s UMLA program is one of the premiere programs in all of CUNY and a model for mentoring, advocacy and providing resources not only for academic, but personal and professional growth. One may develop an articulation agreement with academics in mind, however we also need to address the transfer process from a cultural perspective. Students sometimes have issues transferring not only due to academic issues but issues with adjusting to the culture of the institution and navigating through an unfamiliar process with little hands-on guidance. UMLA will share strategies it has used to support students’ transfer both within and outside of CUNY. This is a session not to be missed.
Friday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Counseling Open Forum: Caring for the Caregiver

The idea of self-care has become familiar in the field of higher education, both pre- and post-COVID. We all know its importance, but as advisors, we’re also aware that it’s much easier to tell others how to care for themselves than it is to take our own advice. Why is engaging in self-care so difficult? This workshop will explore barriers to self-care that we all face. We’ll tap into the collective wisdom of the group participants and leaders to identify strategies and celebrate successes in overcoming barriers to self-care as we continue to support students through this unprecedented time.
Neda Hajizadeh is the Director of Counseling at BMCC. She received her doctorate from Fordham University and has dedicated most of her career to mental health in higher education. Before joining us at BMCC she was the Director of Counseling and Wellness at Marymount Manhattan College, Global Wellness Coordinator at NYU Madrid, and Staff Psychologist at NYU New York. Dr. Hajizadeh is especially interested in minority mental health, the immigrant experience, and the stress of acculturation.
Friday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Neda Hajizadeh
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Conference Opening: Interim President Karrin Wilks

Karrin E. Wilks, Interim President, joined BMCC in June 2014, as Senior Vice President and Provost, after having served for over 25 years in public higher education administration with extensive experience developing and evaluating policy and programs aimed at improving student success, particularly for underserved populations. Areas of special interest and expertise include strategic planning, program design and implementation, college readiness and developmental education, evidence-based retention and success strategies, leadership development, and improving teaching and learning across disciplines.

Prior to joining BMCC, Wilks, Ed.D., served as the Senior Vice President and Interim Provost for Medgar Evers College and before that as the University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs.

Prior to joining CUNY, Wilks served in several leadership positions in the Vermont State Colleges system, including as the Senior Vice President and the Vice President for Academic and Strategic Planning. She taught writing and humanities courses at the Community College of Vermont and served on the faculty of the Vermont Leadership Institute for many years.

Wilks has an Ed.D. in policy and leadership development and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. in history/creative writing from Middlebury College. Wilks was a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

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Thursday: 10:00am – 10:20am

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy Hall

Timothy L. Hall became the 12th president of Mercy College in May 2014. Under his leadership, first-time, full-time freshmen retention improved nearly 10%, the College was recognized by the White House as a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education,” and launched an ambitious program to further enhance student success through innovative practices like cohort scheduling, course redesign and guided pathways to success. In March 2019, President Hall led Mercy College into an agreement with the College of New Rochelle (CNR), which faced closure in August 2020 due to financial hardship. Mercy created a seamless pathway for students to continue their education uninterrupted, accommodated almost every degree program, retained half of the former CNR faculty and leased three of their five campuses. Additionally, under Hall’s leadership, Mercy fully renovated its Manhattan Campus in the heart of Herald Square, now called MercyManhattan, increasing the campus to 95,000 square feet of collaborative, state-of-the-art spaces, with a dorm opening in fall 2020.

President’ Hall’s other professional roles include professor of law and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Mississippi, visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, litigation attorney in private practice and as a judicial clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Hall received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Houston, followed by two years of graduate work in religious studies at Rice University, before receiving his juris doctorate from the University of Texas Law School.

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Thursday: 10:20am – 11:20am

SUNY Transfer Panel

SUNY Transfer Panel

SUNY colleges are often a transfer destination for many students at BMCC. Representatives from Binghamton University, FIT, and SUNY Purchase will discuss admission requirements, general education requirements, and programs offered at their respective colleges. There will be ample time to address all of your transfer related questions. 


  • Jenae Norris, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment, Binghamton University
  • Vernon Goodman-Keating, Assistant Director of Admissions, FIT
  • Samantha Fishman, Admissions Advisor, SUNY Purchase


Thursday: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Jenae Norris
Vernon Goodman-Keating
Samantha Fishman

Navigating Transfer Culture Shock, Strategies to Support Students Through Transition

Transfer Shock refers to the academic and social disorientation experienced by students following a transfer from one institution to another. In this process, students must learn to navigate a new institution and acclimate to its environment. During this interactive presentation, you will learn about students’ perspectives about their transfer experiences. We will then discuss strategies advisors and higher education professionals can implement to help students successfully navigate their transition.

Sarah Rolerkite has been working in higher ed for 10 years. She is an instructor in the department of human development at Washington State University Vancouver. Sarah is the lead advisor in the department, oversees the HD internship program and teaches undergraduate courses. Before coming to WSUV, Sarah worked for Duke University and Clark College. She enjoys designing courses for students that are engaging and develops their critical thinking skills.
Adriana Thomas works at Washington State University Vancouver as a Graduate Academic Coordinator and at Clark College as an Affiliate Instructor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling from Central Connecticut State University.
Thursday: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Sarah Rolerkite
Adriana Thomas