Ron Makawa is a 25-year-old English literature major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He immigrated to the United States from Uganda in 1991. In 2008, he was an intern at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. It was during his internship that he realized his passion for the law and its ability to be used to improve society. He is a transfer student from Montgomery College (also in Maryland) where he was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and participated in the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program. Ron is looking forward to going to law school after his time at City College. As a lawyer, Ron would like to work on issues of social justice. Ron’s story was recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Felix Anthony Navarro Jr. is a 19-year-old pre-law major. He is a member of the Men’s Basketball team at City College and a manager of the school’s radio station. One of Felix’s recent papers titled “Going Against the Tide: A Social Experiment” was published in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Graduate Student News journal. Felix is currently on the Dean’s List and is also a member of the College’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Daniel Nitecki, 24, was born in Haifa, Israel. He is a junior and is currently completing his BA / MA in economics. Daniel volunteers with NYPIRG in their small claims court program. He is currently on the Dean’s List and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In Israel, Daniel volunteered as a Hebrew tutor to immigrants from Africa and coordinated activities to help his students acclimate to Israeli culture. Daniel enjoys playing basketball in his spare time.
Christopher Perez is a management and administration major. He recently participated in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s (CLEO) summer program for sophomores. He is on the Dean’s List and was accepted to the CCNY’s Sonic Arts Program, a highly competitive music and audio technology program. Christopher plans to pursue a career in public policy and social entrepreneurship.
Joy Aliyah Pittman is a 27-year-old native New Yorker. She is a transfer student from Kingsborough Community College. Joy is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is currently pursuing a combined BA/MA in Economics. She intends to focus her background in law and economics on a career with the International Monetary Fund, and aims to be influential in the area of economic reform for countries in crisis. On a more local scale, Joy also plans to set up a network of professionals from various fields that will offer free counseling and restructuring resources for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She hopes to be the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.
Gareth Rhodes is a dual major in political science and economics and is a member of the City College Honors Program. Until recently, Gareth was a news editor for the City College newsletter, The Campus. He is co-head delegate in the City College Model United Nations Program. In 2008, Gareth interned for Congressman Charles B. Rangel, was a conference assistant with the Howard Gilman Foundation and worked as a counselor at a summer camp that serves disadvantaged youth from New York City. Through these experiences, Gareth has cultivated an interest in the social and public policies that affect the lives of ordinary people. His professors describe him as an exceptional student with remarkable enthusiasm and a leader among his peers. He intends to go to law school to prepare for a career in public service.
Cornelious Robinson, a 25-year-old student from Atlanta, Georgia, is a recent transfer from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) where he was on the Dean’s List. At BMCC, Cornelius served as a mentor in the Black Honors Society. Prior to his college career, Cornelius worked at high profile restaurants in Atlanta. He received accolades in the local media for his charismatic and customer driven service. He hopes to become a public interest lawyer.
Robert Sanderman is a political science major. He was awarded the Koch Scholarship for Public Service in high school and has completed over 200 hours of community service. In addition to his volunteer work with New York Cares, he has interned with Council Member Leroy Comrie of Queens. Currently, Robert is a Rosenberg/Humphrey Fellow in Public Policy at CCNY and is interning with a Washington, DC non-profit that works to end homelessness. Robert is passionate about the issues of homelessness and hunger and hopes to use law school as a means to create effective policy concerning poverty issues.
Selicia Smith is a dual major in political science and public relations. She recently emigrated from Trinidad. Selicia has won several scholarships for her outstanding academic achievements including The Women’s League of Science and Medicine Scholarship. For the past two years, Selicia has been working as an Aquatic Specialist for the City of New York Parks and Recreation’s Citywide Aquatics Division. She is described as an energetic, patient and creative coach who puts the “fun in fundamentals.” This makes Selicia the favored swim teacher of pre-schoolers and young children, although she is equally effective at teaching teenagers and adults.
Taylor Smith is a political science major. She is a member of the Manhattan Young Democrats where she is actively involved in the committees on housing/poverty and health. She also volunteers with NARAL and Housing Works. Taylor is described by her professors as a “truly independent and remarkably curious thinker.” Taylor is originally from Kansas.