BVirtual BEP 2020 Team

Community Building Liaison


 Akeem Samuels

Akeem Samuels

 
Degree:
Master of Social Work

Interests/Hobbies:
Watching Netflix Shows, Biking, Traveling, Connecting with friends

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
EOP Academic Counselor, Coordinator of BEP Community Building

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
-Dr. Seuss

Message To Summer Program Participants:
Despite the circumstances that we're facing, I challenge you to fully take advantage of this opportunity and continue to be optimistic. Energy is contagious, so I also encourage you to stay strong and keep a positive energy. We're excited to welcome you into the EOP family.

Community Building Team Leaders


Anne C Saint Juste

(Community Building Director)

Anne Saint Juste 

Degree:
Culinary Arts Management

Interests/Hobbies:
Volleyball, Singing, Church, Working Out, Cooking

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Resident Hall Director (Endicott Hall)

Favorite Quote:
Bible Verses

Message To Summer Program Participants:
I am excited to be working with you all this summer!

Princess Odus

(Team Graduate Assistant)
Princess Odus

Degree:
Student Affairs Administration

Interests/Hobbies:
Anime, Traveling, Music, Cooking

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Assistant Resident Coordinator

Favorite Quote:
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”
- Emperor from Mulan

Message To Summer Program Participants:
Throughout everything that is happening, just remember that YOU are scholars. YOU have made it this far and YOU will continue to keep moving forward in order to achieve your dreams. No one and NOTHING can stop your passion and drive to making you a better someone. We are here for you, we will support you, and we will always be there to remind you of your strength as a person and a student. Welcome to BEP 2020!!!

Peer Counselors


Leilani Aviles
Leilani Aviles

Major:
Political Science

Interests/Hobbies:
Nature Walks, Volleyball, Music, Arts 'n' Crafts, and Journaling

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
RA and Student Assistant in Mountainview

Favorite Quote:
"If it is to be, it is up to me"
- Dennis Hernandez

Message To Summer Program Participants:
You are worth it! Keep that resilience and determination because it is why you have come so far! Hard times are discouraging, but the results of your hard work is amazing.

Dede Bavon

Dede Bavon 

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Interests/Hobbies:
Swimming, Outdoor Life

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Works at Sodexo

Favorite Quote:
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Message To Summer Program Participants:
You are here because you deserve to be here, do not allow anyone to make you doubt your place.

Nehemie Eloiseau

Nehemie Eloiseau 

Major:
Political Science, with a minor in Sociology

Interests/Hobbies:
Basketball, Music, Singing, Binge Watching TV, Reading, Writing, Community Work

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, Residential Assistant

Favorite Quote:
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
- Maya Angelou

Message To Summer Program Participants:
College is just one of the many starting points you will have in your life. You will make mistakes, it is inevitable. Don't let them deter you from trying new things.

Precious Heyward-Blanding

Precious Heyward-Blanding 

Major:
Human Development and Africana Studies

Interests/Hobbies:
Singing, Stepping, Activism (something new) Deep Conversations

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
X-fact'r Step Team and Resident Assistant

Favorite Quote:
"It seems like blessings keep falling in my lap"
- Chance the Rapper

Message To Summer Program Participants:
Yes, college is scary but you will make it through. You have been prepared for this, you deserve to be here, you have earned the right to be here, so come let your light shine!

Hellen Huang

Hellen Huang 

Major:
Economics

Interests/Hobbies:
I like to volunteer, Watch Netflix, Hanging out with my friends, Try new things, Organizing

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
BU Student Ambassador, Mentor of BGCM (Boys and Girls Club Mentor)

Favorite Quote:
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
- Dolly Parton

Message To Summer Program Participants:
I'm wishing you the best of luck throughout your four weeks of BEP. It may seem heavy and hard but always remember that if those before you can achieve, then so can you. Don't give, you got this!

Alyssa Quaglia

Alyssa Quaglia 

Major:
Psychology

Interests/Hobbies:
Painting, Baking, Going to concerts, Love watching adult cartoons like Rick and Morty

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Teaching Assistant for Astronomy, Member of Student Association Programming Broad (SAPB)

Favorite Quote:
“It only makes us more beautiful to see the beauty in other people”
- Iskra Lawrence

Message To Summer Program Participants:
Be open to trying new things, and getting outside your comfort zone. This is a place where you get to decide who you want to become, take advantage of your freedom and put yourself first.

Michael Ramos-Jimenez

Michael Ramos-Jimenez 

Major:
Psychology

Interests/Hobbies:
Anime, Weightlifting, Reading, Working out, Listening to music

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Resident Assistant, Intern for Men Of Color Scholastic Society

Favorite Quote:
“You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun.”
- Kal El

Message To Summer Program Participants:
Know that you will find your place and college is the perfect place to do this.

Baiyina Richardson

Baiyina Richardson 

Major:
Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Korean Language Studies

Interests/Hobbies:
Drawing, Reading, Playing Video Games, Korean Studies, Casual Studying, Alternative Music + K-pop

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Vice President of K-Pop Club, Tinted Fashion, Korean Language Association

Favorite Quote:
"Being different isn't a bad thing. It means you're brave enough to be yourself"
- Luna Lovegood 

Message to BEP 2020 participants:
Honestly, you can do it. This is your chance to prove it to yourself, and everyone else just how incredible you are. There will be hardships, but take a breather and get back up. Do not stop trying because once you do, you lose.

Cierra Spain

Cierra Spain 

Major:
Human Development with a minor in Education

Interests/Hobbies:
Watching anime, Playing video games, Reading books, Listening to music

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Academic Coach, BEP 19 Study Hall Facilitator, Intern for J.U.M.P.

Favorite Quote:
"I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
- Michael Phelps

Message To Summer Program Participants:
There will be nights when you may feel like it's all too overwhelming and have feelings of self-doubt. Though, each and every one of you were selected for a reason, and you ALL can do it. See you soon!

Joel Velasco

Joel Velasco 

Major:
Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS)

Interests/Hobbies:
Photography, Soccer & Basketball, Sneakers, Music, Mentorship

Civic Engagement/Campus Involvement:
Academic Coach and Tutor for EOP, Treasurer for Bert Mitchell Minority Management Organization (NABA Chapter), EY Campus Ambassador, Photo Editor for PRISM Magazine; TINTED Fashion Magazine; and the Student Association (SA)

Favorite Quote:
"Dedication sees dreams come true."

Message To Summer Program Participants:
BEP is a great opportunity to not only get acclimated to Binghamton and the academics, but also to learn and grow as an individual. Don’t be afraid to come to any of us for help, we are here to help! Take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it!