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The Office of Student Activities is located in room S-230 at 199 Chambers Street.


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Harry Mars

Director of Student Activities
email: hmars@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hometown:
Rosedale, Queens (5 mins from Long Island and 5 minutes from Brooklyn, practically inside JFK Airport) Went to Springfield Gardens High School

Quote:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation,
Are those who want the crops without plowing up the ground,
They want the rain, without the thunder and lightning,
They want the ocean, without the awful roar of its many waters.

Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did and it never will.
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and
You have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.
And these will continue, until they are resisted, with either words or blows or both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

What I Love About My Job:
I love seeing student balancing their schoolwork with activities outside of the classroom.
When they succeed in both, they place themselves in a better position to succeed beyond BMCC.
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Melissa Aponte

Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership
email: maponte@bmcc.cuny.edu

Areas I Oversee:
BMCC Academy of Leadership & Service: B.O.L.T., P.L.U.S., R.E.A.L

Hometown:
Bronx, NY

Quote:
“This above all else: To Thine Own Self Be True”

What I Love About My Job:
I love interacting with a diverse group of students, hearing their stories, and learning from them as they engage in extracurricular life at BMCC. I am honored to help students find their “leadership” voice and connect them to opportunities that enhance their experience at the college.



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Mariana Torres-Chapen

Assistant Director of Student Activities and Engagement
email: mchapen@bmcc.cuny.edu

Areas I Oversee:
Clubs & Organizations, Events On and Off Campus, Yearbook

Hometown:
Shirley, NY

Quote:
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

What I Love About My Job:
I love that my work with students is deeply rooted in my passion to help others by providing support, demonstrating kindness, and sharing knowledge. In my role, I hope to serve as a mentor for our students to gain a memorable college experience while helping them to exceed their own expectations.




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Nereida Montijo

Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Civic Responsibility
email: nmontijo@bmcc.cuny.edu

Areas I Oversee:
Co-Curricular Transcript, Community Service and Partnerships, Alternative Spring Break

Hometown:
Newark, NJ

Quote:
“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

What I Love About My Job:
The best part of my job is the daily interactions I have with students. I love not only developing relationships with students but seeing them grow, thrive and succeed.

Office of Student Activities (OSA)

199 Chambers Street, Room S-230
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8160
Email: osa@bmcc.cuny.edu


OSA Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (July 10 - Aug. 10)