Since 2002, Monroe Community College has hosted the Dr. Alice Holloway Young Faculty Internship Program. This program provides opportunities to teach at MCC to persons from underrepresented populations. In 2014, the program was expanded to also include persons who were seeking experience in student services areas. Interns gain valuable experience through professional development, mentoring, and actual teaching or service. Since 2002, 111 persons have participated in the program. Data shows the success of this program: 69% of the participants were hired after the internship, 20% were hired full-time, and 32% are current employees.
For the current year, we congratulate three individuals selected for the program:
Angela Carter is an Alice Holloway Young intern and adjunct instructor in the Department of Education. Ms. Carter started her career as an admissions counselor for St. John Fisher College before shifting to K-12 education. She has worked in the Buffalo City School District and Rochester City School district as an English teacher, as well as the Destiny Christian School. She also has experience in pre-collegiate student support programs, having worked on a Talent Search grant and as a youth advocate for the Hillside Work-Scholarship program. Ms. Carter holds a Master’s Degree in Education from The College at Brockport.
Jamesha Wilson-Snider is an Alice Young Holloway intern and adjunct instructor in the Department of Education. Ms. Wilson-Snider is a graduate of the Rochester City School District, has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the social sciences at The College at Brockport, a Master of Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, focused on special education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from The College at Brockport, focused on school and district-wide administration. During her time at Roberts Wesleyan, Ms. Wilson-Snider participated in the Urban Teachers for Tomorrow program, designed to prepare future educators to address the specific needs of students in urban environments, particularly in underperforming schools. She put this training to use both as a special education teacher in John Marshall High School and currently as an administrator in the RCSD Central Office.
Rafael Ronen Akkauy, an Alice Holloway Young intern in the English/Philosophy Department, spent the formative years of his childhood growing up in Jerusalem, Israel, until he was four years old; in Buenos Aires, Argentina, until he was nine years old; and finally settled in the United States as his permanently adopted country. The language barriers resulting from being a Spanish speaker without any English language background resulted in some early academic struggles. Attending Monroe Community College and participating in its honors program was a transformative experience and provided Ronen with some of his earliest and most important mentors of his educational career. The trajectory started at MCC continued at Stony Brook University, where Ronen studied philosophy and physics, had the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in nuclear physics, and developed his writing skills in both the scientific and philosophical domains. He continued his education as a Master’s student in the English Department at the University at Buffalo, where he had a concentration in African American history and literature, and conducted his thesis on the concepts of social and collective identity, especially as they pertain to early historical developments in the United States. Teaching at MCC brings Ronen full circle, enabling him to contribute to student achievement in a school where he himself got his start. Ronen is also currently working on his certification to teach English as a second language at the Margaret Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, where he is focusing his studies on the experience of cultural disconnection that immigrants and refugees often experience when they relocate to a different country. In the future, he hopes to combine the insights from the disciplines of English and second language acquisition to suit the educational needs of increasingly diverse student populations in the United States.
Lloyd A. Holmes, Chief Diversity Officer, and Andrea C. Wade, Provost and Vice President, Academic Services
Lloyd A. Holmes, Chief Diversity Officer
Andrea C. Wade, Provost and Vice President, Academic Services