Message from our Manager
Tammie Cinder Velasquez, Manager
Hello WRC Community!
My name is Tammie Velasquez, I am so excited to join the BMCC Panther family as the manger for the Women’s Resource Center! For the past 26 years the WRC has provided amazing programs, services, mentorship, and support. I see this as an exciting time to continue honoring the roots and history of the center, while also revamping it by creating new programs, events, and initiatives.
I am very passionate about social justice, especially racial justice and gender equity. I am especially interested in intersectional feminism, women’s empowerment, LGBTQ+ identities, the experience and success of women of color and storytelling.
I received my B.A. in Gender Ethnicity & Multicultural Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and my Masters in Post-secondary Administration & Student Affairs from the University of Southern California (USC). Before BMCC, I worked in Student Engagement at Columbia University, and as a Senior Coordinator of the Gender Equity Center and Latinx Community Programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
What else? I am a California chica born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I grew up the oldest of 3 children with proud Mexican roots, and I am a first generation college student. I moved to New York in 2016 and didn’t know a single person, it was very scary but exciting at the same time! I am a self-proclaimed foodie and love to cook and eat all day every day. Brunch, dancing, swimming, traveling, journaling, reading and all things self-care are some of my favorite things. I believe intersectionality is key, I see the arts as a platform for social change, empowerment, community, and development.
You will find I have a cozy office with an open door policy, I invite you to stop by anytime. I look forward to meeting you, connecting, exchanging stories, and finding ways to support you throughout your journey at BMCC and beyond.
Victoria Apostol-Marius, Program Coordinator
Victoria is the Program Coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center. She joined the WRC team in April 2017. Victoria graduated from the Central European University, Hungary in 2014, where she earned her second Masters of Arts specializing in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights. She also received a Masters in Policies, Gender and Minorities from the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania.
Victoria has a rich background in social justice and she is the co-founder of the Group of Feminist Initiatives from Moldova. She is a former Open Society Justice Initiative Fellow and regularly publishes on www.Platzforma.md and http://feminism.md/ on topics related to gender equality, reproductive and sexual rights, feminism and activism in Eastern Europe. Victoria is originally from Republic of Moldova and moved to New York City in 2016.
Michelene Mallard-Billy, Office Assistant
Michelene is the CUNY office assistant within the Women’s Resource Center. Originally a native New Yorker, she is an alumna of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she received her BA in Communications, specializing in journalism.
Michelene is a freelance blogger in cinematography and photography and is looking to obtain her Masters in Film Studies. Although one of her main focuses is documenting NYC’s urban music and culture scene, she is passionate about documenting the lives of women in the same genre. Through the eyes of the lens, she hopes to capture the vulnerability as well as the strength of all women who persevere.
Varsha Jagjit, College Assistant
Varsha is an alumna of BMCC and City College of New York. Recently, she earned her Master’s in Social Work at Hunter Silberman School of Social Work. Her association with BMCC began in 2013, where she attended classes and worked with Student Affairs in the Welcome Ambassador Program.
In 2015, Varsha was hired as a college assistant for the Women’s Resource Center, where she’s grown more confident about herself, feels more empowered and understands the meaning of self-love and self-care. Varsha aspires to help young women like herself to feel more confident about their abilities and their bodies. Her goal in life is to use her voice and her knowledge as a social worker to advocate for individuals to have access to resources regardless of their race, ethnicity, and gender identity or immigrant status.
Janice Oritz-Gonzalez, College Assistant
Janice is an office assistant with the Women’s Resource Center. She is a mother of five children and graduated from the career development program at Grace Institute. She is also actively involved with Milagros Day Worldwide, an organization that raises funds to support and empower survivors of domestic violence and survivor’s childhood trauma.
This past year Janice served as the president of the Parent Teachers Association at her children’s school and became a Beach Body Coach in 2017. As part of the WRC, Janice is able to support students as well as showcase her creative skills and leadership abilities.
CUNY CAP Graduate Assistant
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CUNY CAP Graduate Assistant
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