About the OSA

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

Harry Mars

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 depreciate 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.
~Frederick Douglass

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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Kayla Maryles

Assistant Director of Student Activities and Civic Involvement
email: kmaryles@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hometown:
Bayside, NY #Queens!

Quote:
Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.” ~Unknown.

What I Love About My Job:
This role combines my love for education, leadership and social justice. I love being part of something larger and I believe the work I do makes a difference to the students and community. It feels good to go home every day and feel like I contributed to something meaningful here.


Christina Waszak

Christina Waszak

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

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Quote:
Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” ~John C. Maxwell

What I Love About My Job:
Where do I begin? I work with BMCC students who want to learn about serving others, leading organizations, supervising staff and managing projects as best as they can. On a daily basis, I am a witness to their stories, personalities, triumphs, challenges, resilience, diversity and everything else that makes BMCC students special. I experience this alongside BMCC staff who are ambitious, innovative, unique people who look forward to seeing our students graduating!


 

Ytzel Flores Cristiansen

Ytzel Flores Cristiansen

College Assistant
email: yflorescristiansen@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hometown:
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Quote:
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~Wayne Dyer

What I Love About My Job:
I love interacting with students who are passionate about their interests and want to do more outside the classroom.  As a former club officer and student leader, I have first-hand knowledge of the importance of co-curricular experiences in college student’s life.  That’s why it makes me happy to now be on the side that creates those programs for them!


Rahim M. Siam

Rahim M. Siam

College Assistant
email: rsiam@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hometown:
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Quote:
“Ripeness is the first moment of decay and sweetness is the promise of corruption.” ~Dracula (2019)

What I Love About My Job:
I like the fact that my job gives me the liberty of me being myself and most importantly, “the people”. I am a people person and whether it’s about helping a student over something or strike up a quick conversation with a colleague.  I believe it’s not about what we know, but rather, who we know and the relationships we build with people goes a long way than one can imagine! So, I love the fact that people are welcoming in my job and the sense of respect they give me.  It assures me that allowance of me being myself around them and getting our work done as a team.


Geraldine Velasquez Marin

Geraldine Velasquez Marin

College Assistant
email: gvelasquezmarin@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hometown:
Jamaica, Queens

Quote:
“The minute it becomes about you, you have failed as a leader.” ~Unknown

What I Love About My Job:
I love seeing the transition of students growing into leaders and breaking out of their shells.