SUNY Student Leadership Academy 

Check out highlights of last year’s program

Student Leaders:

Shania Yearwood, University at Albany

Thalia Blankson, University at Albany

Joyce Akinmola, University at Albany

Deborah Oliveira, Alfred State College

Dylan Perlino, Alfred State College

Caitlyn Roden, SUNY Brockport

Taylor Inman, SUNY Brockport

Sadia Rifah, University at Buffalo

Leah Mariah Dsouza, University at Buffalo

Imani Ibrahim, Buffalo State College

Talia Peeler, Buffalo State College

Naomi Fata, Columbia-Greene Community College

Lauryn Gibbs, Cornell University

Alexandria Kirby-Williams, Cornell University

Chance Kelly, SUNY Empire State College

Aeon Blake, Farmingdale State College

Morgan Heller, Farmingdale State College

Nicole Gehan, Fashion Institute of Technology

Robin Lynch, Fashion Institute of Technology

Kai Blokhuis, Finger Lakes Community College

Me’ilani Nelson, Genesee Community College

Melisha Gatlin, SUNY Geneseo

Ngan Nguyen, Herkimer College

Maryam Masoud, Monroe Community College

Jennifer Russo, SUNY New Paltz

Kaitlyn Migliore, SUNY New Paltz

Jewel Joseph, SUNY Old Westbury

Teliah Doctor, SUNY Old Westbury

Evelynn Ashton-Grace Ritter, SUNY Oneonta

Cede Elizabeth Ramirez, Onondaga Community College

Si Po Ra, Onondaga Community College

Giovanni Harvey, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Gaby Sorto, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Blake Albano, SUNY Purchase College

Nayeli Frederick, SUNY Purchase College

Darius Parker, Rockland Community College

Gabriella Mayers, Stony Brook University

Anthony Machuca, Stony Brook University

Beatrice-Ann Amato, SUNY Ulster

Velisha Guillaume, Upstate Medical University

Samantha Alvarez, Westchester Community College

“This Student Leadership Academy was positive, because it allowed the continuous participation among the cohort in team-building activities and group discussions. Not only did we get to voice our opinions but also heard what others had to say.”

Aeon Blake

Farmingdale State College

“Because of this program, I feel equipped to be a leader in every space I find myself in and understand that I belong in the space that I occupy. It will also help me work with diverse peoples and populations. The speakers were inspiring and empowering, and I will take with me so many lessons learned.”

Caitlyn Roden

SUNY Brockport

“I thought that this program was positive because everyone in the cohort was respectful and contributed different perspectives. Although we come from different backgrounds, we were all able to come together to learn how to become a better leader. The resources we had access to in this program were exceptional. I personally enjoyed all of the guest speakers–they offered great advice!”

Samantha Alvarez

Westchester Community College