Meet the Team

College & Career Lab (CCL), was founded at NYU in 2018 by NYU’s Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, Charlton McIlwain, and Raghu Sundaram, Dean at NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Recognizing the college and career disconnect and equity gap low income students of color face CCL was designed to be a ‘try on’ of academic majors and careers while gaining the access and tools needed to be post-secondary ready.

Mickey Bronstein

Program Coordinator

Mickey Bronstein is a Program Coordinator and Grant Writer at College & Career Lab, where she develops curriculum and coordinates various aspects of the project, along with identifying and writing grants for CCL. Mickey is deeply committed to educational equity and ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, have access to educational and career opportunities. She has an MA in International Education from NYU Steinhardt: School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng

Research Director

Dr. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is an Associate Professor of International Education and a sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth. His interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. As such, his research examines the social relationships in the lives of minority and immigrant adolescents in the US, gender and ethnic differences in education in China, and cultural and social capital transfers between adolescents in the US. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Social Forces, and Social Science Research.

Rufus E. Jones, Jr.

co-founder and President of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation

Rufus is co-founder and President of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation where he established the James Weldon Johnson Literary Foundation Legacy Award for performing arts, fine arts and historic preservation. Like Johnson’s proficiency in a range of fields, Rufus has held roles as an educator, entrepreneur, musician, songwriter, and Wall Street trader. Rufus has over twenty years of experience on Wall Street as a Senior Equity Trader at Watermill Institutional Trading. Prior to his transition to Wall Street, Rufus worked as an educator and administrator at The Latin School of Chicago and The Dalton School of New York, where he was a Dean of Students, History Teacher, Coach, Coordinator of Corporate and Foundation Giving and Manager of Grants and Special Projects.

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost of Faculty Engagement & Development

Dr. Charlton McIlwain is the Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, which oversees faculty diversity, at New York University and is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU where he has been on faculty for 17 years. At NYU, Charlton has spearheaded the creation of multiple middle school and high school programs including CCL and NYU’s Connect Program as well as graduate, post doctorate, and faculty programs aimed at increasing diversity in academia. Dr. McIlwain centers his research on Black political media and representation as discussed in his current book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter.

Alexandria Martinez Meier

Director

Alexandria is the Program Director for the College & Career Lab and directs the strategic vision, operations, and development of the program. Alexandria develops Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Initiatives for NYU Steinhardt’s Media, Culture, and Communication Masters program and in conjunction with Dr. McIlwain. The programs she manages are aimed at closing the equity gap to degrees and professional outcomes for historically underrepresented populations. She completed her MA in International Education at NYU Steinhardt: School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Alessandra Rangel

Program Coordinator

Alessandra Rangel is a Program Coordinator at College & Career Lab where she supports the coordination and implementation of summer and yearlong programming, including processes related to communications, admissions, and program development. Alessandra is passionate about equity and education policy, especially concerning improving access to opportunity in education. She has an MPA in Public Policy from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Mickey Bronstein

Program Coordinator

Mickey Bronstein is a Program Coordinator and Grant Writer at College & Career Lab, where she develops curriculum and coordinates various aspects of the project, along with identifying and writing grants for CCL. Mickey is deeply committed to educational equity and ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, have access to educational and career opportunities. She has an MA in International Education from NYU Steinhardt: School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng

Research Director

Dr. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is an Associate Professor of International Education and a sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth. His interests include comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity (with a focus on China and the US), immigrant adaptation, and social capital within the school and educational context. As such, his research examines the social relationships in the lives of minority and immigrant adolescents in the US, gender and ethnic differences in education in China, and cultural and social capital transfers between adolescents in the US. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Social Forces, and Social Science Research.

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost of Faculty Engagement & Development

Dr. Charlton McIlwain is the Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, which oversees faculty diversity, at New York University and is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU where he has been on faculty for 17 years. At NYU, Charlton has spearheaded the creation of multiple middle school and high school programs including CCL and NYU’s Connect Program as well as graduate, post doctorate, and faculty programs aimed at increasing diversity in academia. Dr. McIlwain centers his research on Black political media and representation as discussed in his current book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter.

Alexandria Martinez Meier

Director

Alexandria is the Program Director for the College & Career Lab and directs the strategic vision, operations, and development of the program. Alexandria develops Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Initiatives for NYU Steinhardt’s Media, Culture, and Communication Masters program and in conjunction with Dr. McIlwain. The programs she manages are aimed at closing the equity gap to degrees and professional outcomes for historically underrepresented populations. She completed her MA in International Education at NYU Steinhardt: School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Alessandra Rangel

Program Coordinator

Alessandra Rangel is a Program Coordinator at College & Career Lab where she supports the coordination and implementation of summer and yearlong programming, including processes related to communications, admissions, and program development. Alessandra is passionate about equity and education policy, especially concerning improving access to opportunity in education. She has an MPA in Public Policy from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Advisory Board

Additional advisory board members to be announced through Summer 2021.

Rufus E. Jones, Jr.

co-founder and President of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation

Rufus is co-founder and President of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation where he established the James Weldon Johnson Literary Foundation Legacy Award for performing arts, fine arts and historic preservation. Like Johnson’s proficiency in a range of fields, Rufus has held roles as an educator, entrepreneur, musician, songwriter, and Wall Street trader. Rufus has over twenty years of experience on Wall Street as a Senior Equity Trader at Watermill Institutional Trading. Prior to his transition to Wall Street, Rufus worked as an educator and administrator at The Latin School of Chicago and The Dalton School of New York, where he was a Dean of Students, History Teacher, Coach, Coordinator of Corporate and Foundation Giving and Manager of Grants and Special Projects.

Partnering with College & Career Lab

We are always looking to expand experiential learning opportunities, mentors, and collaborative partnerships!

Interested in voluntering for our program?

We want to expand the number of individuals our students interact with and value each narrative showing students that often pathways are not linear, and that many interests can intersect to become a gratifying career.

If your organization, or someone you know would be a great collaborative partner for CCL, contact us at collegecareerlab@nyu.edu

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