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The Binghamton University Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support, and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be admitted. Offered primarily to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify, academically and economically, for the program. Note: You cannot apply for both EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.

Support Services

Educational Opportunity Program students receive support services, such as academic, career, and personal counseling; tutoring and supplemental instruction. As part of a student's overall financial aid package, the Educational Opportunity Program provides financial assistance for non-tuition related expenses (e.g. books).

 

The EOP office is located in University Union Room 256 (just above the BU Market Place).

 

EOP Staff

EOP Director

Vanessa N. Young

Vanessa assists the director with the planning and operations of the EOP office. She is the liaison to the School of Management, where she advises students interested in management and accounting majors. Vanessa is also the liaison to the Graduate Admissions office and Harpur Advising Pre-Law program. Here she assists students in their decisions to go on to graduate school at Binghamton or to apply to a law school. Vanessa is an alumna of both Binghamton University and EOP. She serves on the Michael V. Boyd Scholarship Committee, the Jerry E. Cunningham Award Committee, the Binghamton University Foundation Awards and Who's Who Selection Committees. She is a member of Student Affairs Administrator in Higher Education/ National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and College Student Educators International (ACPA). Vanessa established the Binghamton University Gamma Delta Chapter, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. She has also served as the Staff Advisor to the Binghamton Gospel Choir.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and African American Studies and a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel administration from Indiana University.

 

 


Academic Counselors

 


 Senior Academic Counselor

Joanna Cardona

Joanna assists the director with the coordination of the Campus Robeson EOP Tutorial Center.  Here students can receive free tutoring services in many courses.  Joanna is an alumna of Binghamton University and EOP.  She is the Staff Advisor to Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, who established the Anders Uwadinobi Scholarship, and she is on the Dell Valle Latina/o Memorial Award Selection Committee. Joanna is also the liaison to the Career Development Center, and she help to found and is the Staff Advisor to P.U.L.S.E (Powerful United Ladies Striving for Excellence). Joanna has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Social Science, Human Development.

 


 Senior Academic Counselor

Erik M Colon

Erik, a native from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is the liaison to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he advises students interested in majors such as Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He assists the director with the coordination of Academic Services during the Binghamton Enrichment Summer Program. Erik is an alumnus of Binghamton University and EOP. Erik is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA). He presently serves as the New York State Representative for Region 1 and is the Region 1 Registration Co-Chair for the Regional Conference. Erik has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Science with a Concentration in Student Affairs and Diversity.

Erik loves spending his free time with his four year old Biscon Frise, Elliot . He loves being involved in community services projects, traveling, technology gadgets, jigsaw puzzles and dancing.

 


 Senior Academic Counselor

Karima Legette

Karima Legette assist the EOP director with the coordination, logistics and planning of the pre-freshmen summer program entitled, Binghamton Enrichment Summer Program or BEP. Karima is the Liaison to the School of Community and Public Affairs where she advises students interested or majoring in Human Development. Karima serves on the Advisory Board of the BU McNair Scholars Program, where she worked prior as the Associate Director.

Ms. Legette is an alumna of Binghamton University and EOP. Karima has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography, and a MA in Geography, Urban and Retail Planning. Her research interest include migration, place utility, student identity and leadership development.

 


 Senior Academic EOP Advisor

Yulanda Whyte-Johnson

Yulanda is the Liaison to the Admissions Office, the Financial Aid & Student Services Office, the Alumni & Parent Office, OIR and the Harpur College Advising Office. She assists the director with the coordination of the EOP Recognition Ceremony, Homecoming events, reports and other fiscal responsibilities. Yulanda is an alumna of SUNY Oneonta, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in English and Marriage & Family Therapy respectively. Yulanda is a member of The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

 


 Senior Academic Counselor

Westley A. Van Dunk

Westley is an alumnus of Binghamton University and EOP. He assists the director with the coordination of Counseling Services. Wes is the Liaison to the Decker School of Nursing where he advises students interested in getting a degree in Nursing. He is also on the Jerry E. Cunningham Award Committee. Westley has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology.

 


Administrative Assistant to the EOP Director

Jill Murphy

Jill is the assistant to Randall Edouard and assists him with many office functions. Jill assists the director, assistant director, and the counselors with administrative aspects of the Binghamton Enrichment Program and fiscal planning for EOP.

 


Administrative Support to the Counselors

Chris Lee

Assist the EOP Counselors in all aspects of work that is needed to efficiently run EOP. Chris works on reports, rosters and uses her exceptional creative talents to help promote various events held by the EOP office. Administrative support to EOP Counselors

 

Allied Staff


Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions Office

JohnsonKatie Kane

Liaison to the EOP office. Responsible for EOP admissions.

 

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Last Updated: 8/10/14