News

Monday: Cheryl Wills

Cheryl Wills headshot.

Cheryl Wills is a veteran anchor for Spectrum News NYl – this year she is celebrating her 25th anniversary with the national news team. She is the primetime anchor for “NY1 Live at Ten” and she’s also the host of the public affairs talk show “In Focus with Cheryl Wills”. In 2018, Ms. Wills became the first African- American reporter in NY1’s history to win an Emmy Award.

The award-winning journalist is the author of three books and has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world. She was the first journalist invited to address the General Assembly of The United Nations about the impact of slavery on her family during the UN’s International Remembrance of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Monday: Dr. Napoleon Wells

Photo of Dr. Wells presenting a talk. His hands are open and a microphone is visible by his left ear.
Dr. Napoleon Wells

Monday’s plenary speaker for the conference will be Dr. Napoleon Wells, who is a clinical psychologist. Originally from the Bronx, NYC, having received his training and Ph.D. from Fordham University, he began his professional career as an posttraumatic stress disorder treatment specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, prior to his current role as a faculty member with the Department of Social Sciences at Claflin University.

Dr. Wells has worked extensively in the areas of emotional wellness, graduate school preparation, anxiety/stress management, and in psychologically conceptualizing and combating racism. He performed his TEDx Talk, The Cure for Racism in 2015 and has worked  with various McNair Scholars Programs, AEEE, Upward Bound programs and HipHopEd.


Sunday: Ramona Smith

Ramona Smith with her arms raised on a stage.
Ramona Smith

Ramona Smith is an international award-winning public speaker and the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking. She is a member of Toastmasters International. Smith is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She is a highly skilled public speaker with an interest in training and teaching.

Assistant Director needed for the Upward Bound Project at BMCC

The Assistant Director of the Upward Bound Program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will work closely with the director to ensure that program students gain a positive perspective about how to transition from high school to college. Also, will work directly with students and have the opportunity to influence their personal and academic growth through small group and one-on-one meetings as well as through the facilitation of workshops.

The full job description (posting BM-1901-002884) is available on the Research Foundation website’s careers page. Interested candidates should submit their application directly on the RFCUNY website.