An integral part of a Marymount Manhattan College education is hands-on career and professional development. The Higher Education Opportunity Program is no exception, with several new paid internship positions and leadership opportunities available within the Department.
HEOP Leadership Council
The HEOP Leadership Council, founded by HEOP Director Harmony Cross, is a newly created group of HEOP interns who have been appointed by the Director to lead specific projects. The purpose of the Leadership Council is to provide intentional professional development opportunities for students to gain practical experience and transferrable skills, to encourage career-readiness.
The 2019-2020 Council (from left to right)
- Christine Mitchell ’20 – Special Projects and Events Manager
- Zaheraa Ramsahoye ’23 – Community Service and External Partnership Manager
- Melanie Bermudez ’23 – Recruitment and Administrative Manager
- Jerandy Beato ’22 – Special Projects and Events Manager
- Fahima Degia ’21 – Public Relations and Marketing Manager
HEOP Young Men’s Initiative (YMI)
The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) was formed by former HEOP Counselor Keith Windsor to assist with recruitment for the Program. HEOP has since expanded the mission to include retention and graduation of the self-identified men of HEOP. The YMI cohort meets on a regular basis to discuss various topics, which are led by Michael Salmon, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the Center for Academic Excellence.
Current Young Men’s Initiative Members
- Emmanuel ’21
- Grant Gomez ’23
- Zoh Gouin ’20
- Cesar Pinos ’23
- Franklyn Rodriguez ’23
- Roberto Sanchez ’23
- Jayzean Santillana ’21
- Jose Tavares ’22
- Junior Tucker ’23
The HEOP Office Manager and Intern
The HEOP Office Manager and Intern position was created to allow interested students to learn basic managerial, operational and programmatic skills, while also collaborating with other HEOP para-professional staff members on specific projects.
The HEOP Work-Study and Research Assistant
The HEOP Work-Study and Research Assistant position is not new to the HEOP Department but has been integrated into the new HEOP Para-Professional Staff cohort to receive the same training and professional development as other staff members. The WS/RA student works on tasks including reaching out to HEOP alumni and others as assigned.