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Students of Excellence

Beverly Emers Beverly Emers

KALIEF BROWDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

After being incarcerated, I now realize that education is indispensable. I live in a neighborhood where adolescents and young adults – primarily men of color – are routinely incarcerated or killed at a young age. I vow to prevent this from happening to my son who is now 13 years old. That is why I want to ensure that he receives a quality education and is engaged in activities that would encourage his positive development. I did not want my experience of being incarcerated to be his, and I want him to make better choices than I made.

I needed to lead by example and enrolled in college preparatory classes at the Bronx Economic Opportunity Center (EOC). Eventually, I was able to enroll in Bronx Community College. Attending BCC has opened my mind to so many things and has given me an appetite for knowledge. As I reflect on my life, I believe my destiny is to advocate, assist, comfort, fight for, engage, motivate, encourage and unconditionally love those in my community.

Attending BCC has been a journey of self-discovery. I have a stronger sense of self and purpose. I know that my life's experience will help me serve others. My major is Liberal Arts in Human Services, however I've decided to enroll in extra classes dealing with advocacy, urban studies, community organization and criminal justice. Besides having a financial need, I will benefit from guidance and mentoring.

The Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship will make it possible for me to obtain the credentials and support I need to pursue my career path. In 2015, I was nominated to be the Bronx Borough President's appointee to District 12's Community Education Council but was denied that opportunity due my criminal history. This shouldn't have happened. I've worked hard to transform my life and continue to do so, while helping others. I plan to use education as a weapon against discrimination and injustice.

My goal is to continue my pursuit of higher education after graduating from BCC, while continuing to work with Bronx residents to transform their lives. I can't say what my job title will be, but I do know that I will commit myself to helping others change their lives for the better.

I did not have the opportunity to meet Kalief. However, I have been told by those who worked with him at BCC that he had a spirit of humility and generosity. I will honor him by being aware of those around me who might need my support, while using my experience to inspire and lift up others and confront systemic injustices.


Strategic Priorities

Bronx Community College will enlist private and corporate support to raise $15 million by 2015 to address six strategic priorities:

Students—Recruit, Retain, Graduate

In addition to resources for scholarships that must be made available to deserving students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, the College must also expand its comprehensive network of support, advisement and remediation to increase students’ odds for success.

Faculty—Recruit, Retain, Inspire

The College must continue to invest in securing and supporting its greatest asset: its faculty. They are committed to innovation in teaching and are dedicated to the needs of individual students. Resources are needed to provide opportunities for professional development both external and in-house, and release time for special projects and research.

Facilities—Restore, Maintain, Build

Implementation of BCC’s Master Plan is critical to ensuring that BCC’s 45-acre, 100-plus year old campus continues as an exemplar of preservation and innovation. The plan calls for restoration of BCC’s beloved historic buildings, expansion of teaching and learning facilities, and general campus infrastructure.

Centers—Sustain, Expand, Globalize

Several centers expand the scope of the BCC curriculum and enrich BCC. The Center for Sustainable Energy, Center for Tolerance and Understanding, Center for Teaching Excellence, and National Center for Educational Alliances provide unique resources to encourage BCC students to “think locally and act globally.” BCC must strengthen and expand the work of these centers that, by their mission, help to fashion globally aware, responsible citizens.

Community—Reach Out, Collaborate, Enrich

BCC provides educational and enrichment experiences to our community through Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED courses, and through college prep, building trades, and continuing career education. In addition, BCC encourages community service locally, nationally, and internationally for its students and faculty.

Annual Fund—Nurture, Grow, Prosper

The BCC Green and Gold Annual Fund provides unrestricted resources to supplement tuition and tax levy revenues. Donations are used where they are most needed, including student scholarships, faculty development, student services, technology advancement, and facilities maintenance.

 

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