Multicultural Exchange

Contact Us

BMEC Office
Room: M-Building, M-114
Phone: (718) 730-7610

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 7:15 p.m. 

CREAR Futuros Office
Room: M-Building, M-114
Phone: (718) 730-5192

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 7:15 p.m. 

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Multicultural Exchange, within the Office of Campus Life at LaGuardia, consists of two peer mentoring programs:

  • Black Male Empowerment Cooperative (BMEC) is a project of the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), whose mission is to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, in particular African, African-American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males.
  • CREAR Futuros (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) is an initiative of Hispanic Federation and CUNY that is specifically focused on actions that support college access, retention and graduation rates for Latino students in New York.

Strong evidence has shown that peer-mentored students — who received social and academic support, encouragement and guidance with college choices — notably had more degree completions and professional career achievements when compared to non-mentored students.

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Our Mentors

  • Confident guides, academic resources, coaches, role models and friends
  • Entrusted with facilitating the care, support and learning of new and continuing students
  • Knowledgeable about campus resources, policies and culture
  • Willing to share information, experiences and accomplishments in a non-competitive way
  • Open, understanding and approachable

Meet our Team

Rachel Romain

Rachel Romain
Student Life Manager
Room M-115C
(718) 482-5727

Valeria Recalde
ME Program Assistant
Room M-114
(718) 730-7742

Peer Mentors

Cristobal Corzantes
CREAR Peer Mentor

Brenda Contreras
CREAR Peer Mentor

Stephanie Ramirez-Mejia
CREAR Peer Mentor

Alondra Barrales
CREAR Peer Mentor

Alymia Timeria Smith
BMEC Peer Mentor

Xian (Eric) Liu
BMEC Peer Mentor

Tyshawn Washington
BMEC Peer Mentor

Tyler Butler
BMEC Peer Mentor