First generation family conversing


First-Gen Students: Finding Mentors and Building Academic & Professional Relationships

November 10, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In celebration of National First-Generation College Day, panelists from New York Tech alumni, faculty, and Career Success and Experiential Education will share tips on how to network and develop relationships with faculty and employers to boost professional development and expand career opportunities.


  • Samantha Mon, Assistant Director, Career Success, New York Tech
  • Brent Owens, Director, Pipeline Programs and Regional Recruitment, NYITCOM at Arkansas
  • Niharika Nath, Ph.D., Professor, Biological and Chemical Sciences, NYIT College of Arts and Sciences
  • Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Chair, Architecture, NYIT School of Architecture and Design
  • Veneta Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Management
  • Zamiur Rahman, Medical Student, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


This event is sponsored by the First-Generation Student Task Force.