Panel of Greatness

We are all aware of African American role models such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – one of the most prominent leaders during the Civil Rights movement. Barack Obama- the current and first African American President of the United States. Jackie Robinson- The first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Rosa Parks– A civil rights activist, who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The aforementioned historical figures are role models to numerous people all over the world. However, this Wednesday’s Black Male Initiative meeting consisted of a panel of African American role models working right here under our own roof at Cuny Hunter College. BMI members had an amazing opportunity to hear the panel share some of their stories, and role models were growing up. So, it is my pleasure to list and sharing them for you.

Dean John T. Rose is the Hunter College Dean for Diversity and Compliance and Director of Black Male Initiative. Dean Rose has had a successful career in the private sector managing a wide variety of human resources and employee relations matters. Previously he was Vice President for Human Resources at ABC, and prior to that he held the same position at ESPN. From 1994 to 1999, he was the National Basketball Association’s Senior Vice President for Player Relations and Administration.

Dr. Maria Cantarella, author of I Can Finish College and Consultant to the Hunter College Black Male Initiative program. Dr. Cantarella was a corporate executive and Dean at Princeton University. She is the daughter of Whitney M. Young, Jr. former civil rights leader and President of the National Urban League. Dr. Cantarella has been responsible for academic advisement, career development, preparation for postgraduate fellowships, development of diversity programs, and strategies to generally enhance students’ academic experience and outcomes.

Michael Nisbett is the CUNYfirst Training Liaison and Technology Resource Center, Manager for Cuny Hunter College. Outside of Hunter College Mr. Nisbett is a mentor and community leader, involved in several youth development programs.

Professor Lee Johnson is a graduate of Cornell University and holds multiple academic degree including African Studies, and engineering.

Get involved and feel free to post a comment below with your personal African American role models . 

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