Newsline: Legislators Tell Berkeley College Students to Continue Improving New York


Legislators Tell Berkeley College Students
to Continue Improving New York

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Photo Caption: (Above) New York State Assemblymember Marcos A. Crespo (standing, third from left) meets with Berkeley College students and administrators in New York City. (Below) New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald (center) visits Berkeley College in White Plains.

Berkeley Newsline BuchwaldNew York State Assemblymember Marcos A. Crespo was one of several legislators who recently visited Berkeley College to learn about its commitment to student success. 

In November, the Assemblymember met with Berkeley College students to hear their concerns and learn about their path to higher education. 

Lakeyia Dickerson, a Berkeley College student who lives in the Bronx within Assemblyman Crespo's legislative district, said she is confident in her career as a student, but often thinks about her future after college. Ms. Dickerson, who is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications, is regularly named to the President's and Dean's lists for her high academic achievement. 

Assemblymember Crespo told the students about his own path to higher education and public service, encouraging them to seek internships and mentorship as the keys to success. He also asked College officials to continue their efforts to connect with small businesses in New York. 

In January, the College welcomed New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald, who met with Berkeley College President Michael J. Smith and students at the Berkeley College campus in White Plains. 

“I’m really honored to have Berkeley College in my Assembly District,” he said. 

During the discussion, student Jamoy Smikle of Mount Vernon, NY, who will graduate in April with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management, asked the Assemblyman how he chose a career in politics. 

“A desire to be involved and to give back to my community,” Assemblyman Buchwald said. 

Students shared their aspirations for the future and discussed the College’s volunteer initiatives in White Plains. The College has partnered with Lifting Up Westchester, a nonprofit that provides shelter and support to residents in need in Westchester County. 

“Continue what you’re doing to make White Plains and Westchester County a better place,” the Assemblyman said.  

Other New York legislative visitors included Council member Laurie Cumbo in November; Assemblymember Dan Quart and Joseph Garba, Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, in December; and Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Chair, Higher Education Committee; Senator George Latimer, and Council member Jumaane Williams in January.

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