Student Recognition

We are proud to recognize the extraordinary achievements of our HEOP students, who not only shape the Program, but impact the entire College community through their dedication, activism, and leadership.

HEOP Student Leaders


Aisatou Ishimori

Aisatou Ishimori ’23
Aisatou is a proud Jeannette K. Watson Fellow. Through this program, Aisatou will participate in professional development opportunities, mentoring and summer internships in NYC and overseas.


Fahima Degia '21Fahima Degia ’21
Through MMC’s United Nations Program, Fahima is working as the Communications intern with the NGO Scalabrini Immigration Migration Network (SIMN). She works closely with the Communications Director to make brochures and content calendars. Fahima enjoys assisting with SIMN’s social media, marketing, communication portfolios and reports.

Marilyn Gonzalez '21

Marilyn Gonzalez ’21
Marilyn has worked several years with The Public Theater in collaboration with The Hunts Point Alliance for Children. As Assistant Director and Community Coordinator, she has helped the South Bronx community become more engaged with the arts. Despite the pandemic, the Shakespeare Ensemble will perform a digital version of the play, Midsummer’s Night Dream. 

Amy Fernandez '23Amy Fernandez Orellana ’23
As a Research Assistant, Amy will work closely with Dr. Lundquist, Assistant Professor of Biology and other interns to gather data and conduct research about the ecological impacts of urbanization. 

Christine MitchellChristine Mitchell ’20
HEOP Special Projects & Events Manager/Intern Christine Mitchell receives the 4th Annual HEOP Eilene Berstch Award and a Silver M Award at the 2020 Leadership Award, hosted by Student Development and Activities.


Stephanie GalvezStephanie Galvez ’23
HEOP Alumni Relations Manager/Intern, Stephanie Galvez receives MMC’s First Year Outstanding Leader Award at the 2020 Leadership Awards, hosted by Student Development and Activities. 


Jennifer Acevedo ’19
Jennifer was the recipient of the 2018 HEOP Student Spotlight of the Year. This recognition is owed to her hard work and dedication in creating meaningful change during her time at MMC.


Emely Sandoval ’19
In 2019, Emely received the Eilene Bertsch Award, created to honor MMC’s HEOP founder. The award is given to a senior who embodies the program’s mission of demonstrating potential for academic success and contributing as a leader to the MMC community. 


Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Dean’s List Students!
Jerandy Beato, Janet Castillo, Diana Camilo, Fahima Degia, Marilyn Gonzalez, Darlene Castillo, Amy Fernandez Orellana, Molly Ramsaran, Ibrahim Bah, Anaya Bond, Aisatou Ishimori, Aolani Kendall, Persis Quaicoe, Luznery Martinez, Sierra Orosco, Carmen Luna, Jayzean Santillana, Evelyn Mares.