Feb 25 2013
Pictured, left to right: Martha Depumarejo, Misael Pena, Jose Melendez, Anna Rosado, Elizabeth Sanchez, Amy Class (Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo), Ashliane Riollano, and Ronny Perez
More than 4,600 students from across New York State rely on HEOP mentoring, tutoring, and financial aid each year and graduate at rates above the national average for all students. With families continuing to face economic stress, the need for students to lobby for funding is especially important. HEOP students participated in this year’s Student Advocacy Day and not only represented the program but also the 1,533 NYIT students who received funds from the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) in the fall semester.
On Feb. 12, NYIT students joined more than 1,000 high school and college students, faculty, and staff from more than 60 colleges, universities, and supporting organizations in Albany. NYIT participants attended 11 advocacy seminars and met with elected officials to discuss funding for TAP and HEOP. Students expressed their gratitude for the HEOP program and encouraged legislators to continue to be supporters of independent higher education. Throughout the day, students referred to HEOP as being their home away from home and a part of their extended family.
During the Student and Alumni Speak Out event, two HEOP students told their story of how HEOP and NYIT gave them an opportunity to pursue their education. Jaishel Linch Bennett, a sophomore majoring in behavioral sciences/social work, and Kai Reynolds, a sophomore majoring in fine arts/computer graphics participated in this part of the program.
Mark your calendar for next year’s Student Lobby Day on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. HEOP offers a special thank you to John Agnelli, dean of campus life; Megan Livingston, director of student activities and leadership development; Jeremy Ducos, assistant director; and Michael Schneider, director of counseling and wellness, for their time and efforts in planning and participating in Student Advocacy Day!