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Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs
Location: Old Gym, Room 302
Phone: 347-577-4020
Fax: 718-960-8243

Meet the Staff

Amanda Dubois-Mwake, Director

Amanda Dubois-Mwake is the Director of the Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs. She has a B.A. from Bridgewater State College in her home state of Massachusetts and an M.A. in higher education administration from New York University, where she previously worked as a community development educator in residential education. She is a researcher and educator in the area of the sophomore experience and has over ten years of experience in higher education programs.

Dubois-Mwake has served as an intern with the National Orientation Directors Association and worked on orientation and welcome programs at four different colleges and universities over the past decade. She recognizes the need for a strong orientation program to shape students' experience and to aid in the retention of the second-year population. Her motto is "Inspire, Higher"— if you get excited or passionate about something and exhibit that to others, often you will inspire someone else to do the same.

E-mail: amanda.dubois@lehman.cuny.edu

Amy Olsen, Associate Director, CUNY Service Corps Manager

Amy Olsen is the CUNY Service Corps Manager for Lehman College. She has a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University, where she previously worked as an Assistant Community Development Educator in the department of Residential Education. Amy also served as a Hall Director at Cornell University and the School of Visual Arts.

Email: amy.olsen@lehman.cuny.edu

Denny Santos, Assistant Director

Denny earned his BA in Sociology from Purchase College in 2004 and earned M. Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2006. Denny worked in Residence Life for the past 10 years working for several institutions in the Tri-state area.

Denny is a Manhattan native and a die-hard Mets fan.

Email: denny.santos@lehman.cuny.edu

Jenny Landsman, Assistant Director of Operations

Jenny Landsman is the Assistant Director of Operations. With over 5 years of experience working with students in the non-profit sector and higher education, she enjoys learning about students' diverse experiences and helping them reach their academic and professional goals. She first joined Lehman College as an Office Administrator after working as an Admissions Administrator for the SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center. She has a BBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Lehman College and is currently pursuing an MS in I/O Psychology at Baruch College.

Email: jenny.landsman@lehman.cuny.edu

Fatou Diaw, CUNY CAP/Graduate Assistant

Fatou Fifi Diaw is originally from Senegal. She arrived in the United States in 2008 with no English . She got her High School diploma from Manhattan Comprehensive Night And Day High School, graduated from Lehman College in 2015 with a Bachelor in Political Science and a Minor in African-American studies. She was one of the first graduates of the CUNY Service Corps Program and served as Student Services Officer in the Lehman College Student Government Association. Fatou has a degree in Human Rights from Universidad Bolivariana in Chile and is now pursuing a Master degree in Public Administration at Baruch College concentrating in Public Management. Fatou is the CUNY CAP Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Engagement and New Students Programs and the Lehman L.I.F.E. Coordinator. She is very committed to public service and has spent half of her career on volunteering and giving back. She is very dedicated to making a difference in her community and around the world. Fatou’s motto is “Lead, Inspire and Serve”.

Email: fatou.diaw@lehman.cuny.edu

Patricia Mendez, College Assistant

Patricia Mendez is a recent graduate of Lehman College, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. Before beginning a master’s program in Community Health Education, Patricia will be working part-time in our office to learn about community outreach and education. Patricia is passionate about the issues affecting disenfranchised communities and working to eliminate socio-economic disparities. Her ultimate goal is to open a non-profit community center that will provide a range of services to less fortunate individuals and communities.

Email: patricia.mendez2@lc.cuny.edu

Delasia Rice, College Assistant

Delasia Rice is a recent graduate of the College at Brockport, SUNY where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was very involved during her time in undergraduate which motivated her to choose a career in Student Affairs. Before beginning a Masters program in Student Affairs, Delasia will be taking a year off and working in the Community Engagement office to learn about another sector of Student Affairs. Her ultimate career goal is to earn her doctorate degree and become Vice President of Student Affairs at a university.

Peer Educators

Kadijatu Bah

Kadijatu is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in both Public Health and Speech Pathology/Audiology. As a former Orientation Workshop Leader and CUNY Service Corps member, Kadijatu has always loved the mission the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs stood for. As a Peer Educator, she hopes to improve the foundational skills that are essential in servicing others. In the future, Kadijatu hopes to merge her passion for education and health to help rebuild underprivileged communities throughout the United States and the communities back in her parents native country Guinea.

Email: kadijatu.bah@lc.cuny.edu

Kevin Jairam

Kevin is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. As a Peer Educator in the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs he wants to help the community and will take the time to pursue any opportunity he gets to give back.

Email: kevin.jairam@lc.cuny.edu

Justina Kasteri

Justina is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology and hopes to graduate with summa cum laude. As a pre-med student, she is studying to apply to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. For her, being a Peer Educator for the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs is an incredible opportunity to support important causes and events within Lehman College and outside the campus. Justina values the importance of health and education. She has volunteered at B’N Fit Annual Power Walk, New Student Orientation, and Lehman Food Bank. During her journey as a Peer Educator she aspires to be helpful, to get involved and to make a difference in the community and other’s life.

Email: justina.kasteri@lc.cuny.edu

Taina Paniagua

Taina is a senior who is majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. Her career goal is to become a Social Worker. Taina transferred to Lehman College in Fall 2015, and although her time at Lehman has been short, she already feels as though the Lehman community has given her so much. Taina is an alumni member of the CUNY Service Corps 2016-2017 cohort where she initially began her affiliation with the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs. As a Peer Educator, she hopes to continue providing for the Lehman and Bronx community, and hopes to obtain new experiences, skills, and memories that will remain with her as she embarks on a new chapter in her life after Lehman.

Email: taina.paniagua@lc.cuny.edu