This year Seton Hall became a member of Minority Access, Inc., which is an organization that highlights the academic and social contributions of minorities across the country. By establishing successful programs and initiatives to improve the diversity in higher education, and the professional and managerial employment of minorities, Minority Access has built a constituency of over 250 colleges and universities as diverse as the faces of America.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Minority Access National Role Models Conference assembles high achieving innovators, recruiters, researchers, faculty, administrators, students, mentors, and alumni, as well as institutions that have been exemplary in producing minority researchers and has established itself as one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. Seton Hall is very proud of its affiliation with Minority Access, Inc., and celebrates its 2017 undergraduate and graduate role models, Cassandra Germana and Raymond Richards.
Cassandra ("Cassie") Germana graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2010. After completing her degree, Cassandra pursued her passion for public service as an Assistant Program Director at a non-profit immigration center, before working as a Director of Constituent Services with the New York State Senate. Cassandra returned to her alma mater to pursue her Masters in Healthcare Administration. Since June 2016 Cassie has been a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Freshman Studies where she advises a specific cohort of first-year students (mostly Biology, Nursing, and Pre-Nursing), advises approximately 130 students.
Raymond Richard started his journey to become a Master of Science in Athletic Training in Fall 2014 and he has and will continue to leave an imprint at Seton Hall University. Ray has been involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus since his career started, but one of his most impressive accomplishments while still being a student would be becoming a Peer Adviser. Ray has always had a desire to help others and he knew being in the STEM field was what he was supposed to do. He is a constant role model for the incoming freshman class as well as everyone he meets.
When asked about their experiences at the conference and receiving their awards, Cassie said, "During the conference, there was a big push about diversity, about where universities and colleges are, and about how Seton Hall University is making an impact. People are certainly noticing. Another great aspect of the conference was that we got to meet people within the field of healthcare, which Ray and I are interested in." Ray liked the conference, what it stood for, and the message of being a role model. He said, "I like how they focus the message of the conference on being a role model whether it’s in education, in research, or in different aspects because people need many different role models to look up to."
Freshman Studies would like to congratulate Ray and Cassie for their support of the university community and its students. We are proud that they are a part of our department!