About the OSA

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

Harry Mars

Dr. Harry Mars

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

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

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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Isa Mitchell

Isa Mitchell

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

Brooklyn, NY

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”- S/em>” ~Shirley Chisolm

What I Love About My Job:
Being able to share my traumas and experiences with students and to know that it helps them through their educational journey is the most amazing aspect of being a higher educator. To know that my trials and tribulations resonate with them and to help guide our next generation of leaders is my purpose in life. I truly enjoy being able to watch our students grow from the moment they walk into our doors to when it is time to hand them their diplomas. I am who I am because of the great leaders in my life who are my mentors and my job is to follow suit and to continue giving back to our campus community. As a New Yorker, we take on many roles within our society and I am grateful that my position allows me to help students alleviate the stressful process of navigating through college.

Geraldine Velasquez Marin

Geraldine Velasquez Marin

College Assistant
email: gvelasquezmarin@bmcc.cuny.edu

Jamaica, Queens

“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.