A group of 26 NYIT students joined more than 1,000 high school and college students, faculty and staff for the annual Student Advocacy Day on Feb. 12 in Albany, N.Y. Participants represented more than 60 colleges, universities and other organizations. Student Advocacy Day is organized by the the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities.
NYIT students attended 11 advocacy seminars and met with an equal number of elected officials to discuss funding for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Pictured (left to right) are NYIT students Martha Depumarejo; Misael Pena; Jose Melendez; Anna Rosado; Elizabeth Sanchez; Amy Class, legislative director for Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo; Ashliane Riollano; and Ronny Perez.
During a Student and Alumni Speak Out event, two HEOP students told a crowd about how NYIT's program is giving them an opportunity to pursue their education. They included Jaishel Linch Bennett, a sophomore majoring in behavioral sciences/social work, and Kai Reynolds, a sophomore majoring in fine arts/computer graphics.