• Alicia Garza - Keynote Speaker

    Alicia Garza

    Keynote Speaker

    Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States.
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  • Remy Patrick Lavilla - Class Representative

    Remy Patrick Lavilla

    Class Representative

    On campus and beyond, Lavilla has made a name for himself as a President’s Society ambassador, a graphic designer for the Honors Program, a Phi Theta Kappa member, and as a College Assistant in the President’s Office; all while consistently making the Dean’s List with a 3.91 GPA.

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  • Lorelei Salas - Alumni Representative

    Lorelei Salas

    Alumni Representative

    Lorelei Salas was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in May 2016. She is an accomplished labor law advocate who has been committed to fighting inequality throughout her career. As commissioner of DCA, Salas will lead the City's newly established Office of Labor Policy and Standards, which includes paid sick leave, commuter benefits, and future efforts to protect New York City workers.
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  • Gail Mellow - President of LaGuardia 
    Dr. Gail O. Mellow

    Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000.A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a recognized leader among community colleges for launching programs and teaching methods that have become pilots for the nation.
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    Paul Arcario - Provost and Senior Vice President
    Paul Arcario

    Dr. Paul Arcario is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. As the chief academic officer for the College, Dr. Arcario supervises the creation, development and assessment of over 50 academic programs and majors.

    He is responsible for the recruitment, hiring and personnel management of more than 300 full-time faculty, 700 part-time faculty and over 100 professional and clerical staff. Dr. Arcario oversees faculty development programs, monitors the promotion and tenure process, and administers a divisional budget in excess of $40 million.

    Dr. Arcario serve as dean of the Division of Academic Affairs, having overall responsibility for divisional initiatives such as outcomes assessment and strategic planning as well as providing guidance for program development, electronic portfolios, advisement, faculty development, and first-year experience programs.

    A prolific grant writer, Dr. Arcario has obtained nearly $15 million in grants for the academic division. He has also taught in the Education and Language Acquisition Department at LaGuardia.

    He has a long-standing interest in technology-based pedagogy, having conducted workshops in teaching ESL with video and other media for the ESL master’s degree program at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as having produced educational videos for teaching ESL, including the first American English-language teaching video broadcast in the People’s Republic of China.

    He has authored language textbooks as well as articles on LaGuardia’s ePortfolio, First-Year Experience, and online advising programs. Dr Arcario’s work with first-year programs and learning communities led to him being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Advocate by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2007. Dr. Arcario’s MEd and doctorate in TESOL are from Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a BA and MA from New York University.

    Barry Schwartz - Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
    Barry F. Schwartz, A.B., J.D.,

    was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York, effective October 5, 2016. Mr. Schwartz was appointed by Governor Cuomo as a member of the Board on May 6, 2014 to a term that ends June 2020.

    Since 2007, Mr. Schwartz has been Executive Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. From 1993 until 2007, Mr. Schwartz was the firm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

    Mr. Schwartz is Trustee Emeritus and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Kenyon College and formerly a member of Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors. Mr. Schwartz has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (“AGB”). Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center At The World Trade Center.

    Mr. Schwartz received his A.B., cum laude, from Kenyon College in 1970 and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.

    Mr. Schwartz serves as Chair of the Board’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs and its Subcommittee on Investment, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

    Andrea Shapiro - Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate
    Andrea Shapiro Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development

    Andrea Shapiro Davis is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gift Development at the City University of New York (CUNY).  She has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including 11 years working for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she served as Special Advisor to the Mayor, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Appointments and Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues.  Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration she was the Director of Development and External Relations at the CUNY School of Law.  She also spent four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County and was an attorney in private practice.  Ms. Davis is also the founder of the Women’s City Network.  She is a graduate of Queens College and Hofstra University School of Law, and is the proud mother of twin boys.