• Multicultural Exchange

    Multicultural Exchange, within the Office of Campus Life at LaGuardia, consists of two peer mentoring programs:

    • Black Male Empowerment Cooperative (BMEC) is a project of the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), whose mission is to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, in particular African, African-American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males.
    • CREAR Futuros (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) is an initiative of Hispanic Federation and CUNY that is specifically focused on actions that support college access, retention and graduation rates for Latino students in New York.

    Strong evidence has shown that peer-mentored students — who received social and academic support, encouragement and guidance with college choices — notably had more degree completions and professional career achievements when compared to non-mentored students.

  • Multicultural Exchange - Peer Mentor
  • Our Mentors

    • Confident guides, academic resources, coaches, role models and friends
    • Entrusted with facilitating the care, support and learning of new and continuing students
    • Knowledgeable about campus resources, policies and culture
    • Willing to share information, experiences and accomplishments in a non-competitive way
    • Open, understanding and approachable

  • Meet our Team

  • Rachel_Romain

    Rachel Romain

    Student Life Manager

       Room M-115C

  • Valeria Recalde

    ME Program Assistant

       Room M-114

  • Peer Mentors

    Sabel Vega-Castillo
    CREAR Peer Mentor
    Stephanie Tapia
    CREAR Peer Mentor
    Catherine Cortes
    CREAR Peer Mentor
    Cristobal Corzantes
    CREAR Peer Mentor
    Brenda Contreras
    CREAR Peer Mentor
    Hassan Phillips
    BMEC Peer Mentor
    Briana Lawrence
    BMEC Peer Mentor
    Alymia Timeria Smith
    BMEC Peer Mentor

  • Contact Us

    BMEC Office

    Rachel Romain
    Student Life Manager 
    M-Building, M-115C


    Please refer to the Campus Services page for current hours.
    CREAR Futuros Office

    Valeria Recalde
    Program Assistant 
    M-Building, M-114

    Please refer to the Campus Services page for current hours.