Leadership Team

The institute is lead by graduate students at the City College of New York who are elected each year to serve on the executive board and are supported by other student directors and several advisers. The 2015-2016 Leadership Team is as follows:

Executive Board

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President: Maria Vint

Maria is a graduate student in the Language and Literacy M.A. program.  She completed her B.A. in English Language Arts and Spanish Language and Literature from CUNY Hunter College.  While there, Maria led the reactivation process for the college’s Chapter Xi of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, being elected as President.  She received her A.A. in Communications from SUNY Nassau Community College where she received recognition of the Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  Her experience as an educator lies in instructing English as a second language to working adults, remedial reading and writing with CUNY Start at LaGuardia Community College, and while studying in Spain, conducting English conversational workshops with adults and teaching English as a foreign language to second-graders.  She currently tutors high school Spanish while a full-time student.  Maria’s interest in the field comes from her own transforming experience of receiving a college education and through volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!, and hopes to one day achieve her PhD to continue assisting other in finding their unique identities via a college education.  During the 2014-2015 academic year she served as the secretary of IE21CL.




Vice President: Erick Martinez

Treasurer: Ivan Lerner

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Secretary: Kevin Kudic

 Administrative Support Team


Executive Director: Joel M. Thomas

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Barbara Gleason