Life Lessons from a Former BCC Student Activist
Guillermo Ali Perez is an alumnus of Bronx Community College. He served as president of the Student Government Association during his tenure at BCC, where he earned an associate degree in Paralegal Studies.
After his graduation, he became actively involved in the community, establishing an office for immigrants facing housing, immigration and education issues. He helped over 5,000 people become American citizens, assisting them with applications and teaching the American history and U.S. government classes required to pass the test. From 1994 to 1999, he partnered with the CUNY Citizenship Program to coordinate services to applicants. In addition, he has served on his school district board and has taught basic English and GED classes at various community and non-profit organizations.
In line with his passion to serve, he joined the International Association of Lions Clubs as founding president of the New York Barahona Lions Club in 1999, becoming Governor for District 20-R2, which includes 50 clubs serving the areas of The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Lower Westchester. Under his leadership, clubs in the District served almost 30,000 people, relieving hunger, protecting the environment,and providing services to young people and the visually handicapped, as well as boosting membership. He is a frequent speaker at leadership forums for a range of organizations, including the United Nations.
Most recently, Mr. Perez received a bachelor's degree in theology and is pursuing a doctorate in the field. He currently serves as Senior Manager for Bronx Parents Housing. To continue to expand his efforts on behalf of his community, he is now campaigning to be the New York State Assembly member from District #71. Mr. Perez's wealth of experience and networking skills and his unique story of how he acquired them will inspire our BCC freshman to be more than just students — but rather with a purpose.