The Harman-NYRB Publishing Pipeline

A string of alumni who worked as assistants for the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program and/or who interned at The New York Review of Books are launching careers in the publishing industry.

Baruch alumna Ashley Candelario, a former NYRB intern, recently got a job at HarperOne Group (HarperCollins Español, HarperVia, Amistad, HarperOne) in the publicity department. Alumna Nikkia Rivera, who does publicity for Flatiron Books, was a Harman program assistant. Katherine Hernandez, who works at Simon & Schuster, was also a Harman assistant.

The pathway to the publishing industry “seems to be a lovely pattern for former Harman assistants,” said Professor Bridgett Davis (Journalism), former director of the Harman Program.

Student Sable Gravesandy and Baruch alumna Anacaona Rodriguez Martinez, who are both interning at The New York Review of Books, recently earned a double byline in NYRB for an interview with Ed Park, a novelist, journalist, former executive editor at Penguin Press, and founding editor of The Believer magazine.

New York Review of Books article bylined by a Baruch student and alumna
Double-bylined article in New York Review of Books by Baruch student and alumna

“Our Harman interns are doing us proud over there,” said Harman Program director Esther Allen, who coordinates the NYRB internships for Baruch students.

Rodriguez is studying for her master’s at CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Candelario decided to pursue a career in publishing after her stint at NYRB. The internship provided “the skill set and experience that made me confident in pursuing other internships, and eventually, my current role” at HarperCollins, she said.

She double-majored in English and journalism, with a minor in translation studies, and said her “wonderful professors … offered adequate space for me to further cultivate my love for literature and storytelling, across language and form.” She looks back on Baruch as a “place where I felt welcomed, encouraged, and understood, which meant more to me than I can describe during what felt like constant turbulence in my personal life.”

We Can’t Stop Loving This Photo

Cast of the student show And Then There Was Us pose with Baruch Pres David Wu
And Then There Was Us cast  and crew with Baruch President David Wu

We can’t stop loving this photo of the cast and crew of And Then There Was Us posing with Baruch President S. David Wu after last night’s performance.

NYC is back, baby, and live theater at Baruch is part of it! Just wow.

The show at Mason Hall is sold out but sources tell us if you get to the box office at 7:15 pm, you just might score standby tickets.

Immigrant, Feminist, Union Leader, Latina Muslim … and an Inspiring Speaker

This text is reprinted from a Twitter thread by Professor Els de Graauw about an inspiring speaker she hosted in a recent class: 

“In my ‘Immigrant Cities’ course, I have amazing students. Behind them stand amazing parents. The mother of my student Marc serves on the leadership team of @unitehere100, and she visited our class today. Sussie Lozada is the union’s Secretary-Treasurer.

“… @unitehere100 represents ~18K food service & restaurant workers  NY/NJ, nearly all immigrants and many women of color. Sussie’s an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, a feminist, a single mother, and Latina Muslim; she has fought for social justice since she was a teen.

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Sussie Lozada, right, speaking to a Baruch Zoom class about her union work

“…In an hour-long conversation, Sussie shared with us the work that the union does, what motivates her in her work, and the importance of community organizing around issues affecting workers, immigrants, and women.

“…Sussie also encouraged my students to get involved with the community, and she welcomed them to apply for a communications internship with her union. Sussie really inspired us all, and my students asked such thoughtful questions. It was a good day!”

Live Theater Returns to Baruch!

Exciting news: Live theater is back at Baruch College with the production of And Then There Was Us.
And Then There Was Us in neon lettering

It’s a new student-written musical developed by Tony Award- and two-time Obie Award-winning playwright/songwriter Stew (Passing Strange).

This will be the first live-audience theater event at Baruch College since March 2020, when colleges across the country and around the world switched to distance-learning models amid the Covid 19 pandemic.

And Then There Was Us presents a series of original musical vignettes and songs that explore the bounds of love, death, friendship, tragedy, and coming-of-age in New York City. Directed by faculty member Christopher Scott, the production features the writing of Baruch undergraduates Kenneth Fremer, Sable Gravesandy, Ursula Hansberry, Inga Keselman, Nicole Nelson, Brittany Williams, and the talented community of actors and crew members at Baruch.

Unfortunately the show, which runs November 16-20, is already sold out, so we can’t invite you to buy tickets, but you can read more about it here, and we hope that more performances will be coming soon to our campus!

DEI in Communications: ‘There’s No Real Roadmap’

Students pursuing master’s degrees in corporate communication heard from three alumni in a panel organized by Professor Caryn Medved for her “Introduction to Corporate Communication” course. The theme was “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities for Communication Professionals.”

The alumni were Mary Anne Ravenel, diversity business partner at Facebook; Sabina Mehmood, product manager, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index; and Meeckel Beecher, global head of DEI at Shutterstock. They were joined by Carmella Glover, DEI director for the Arthur Page Society and president of the Diversity Action Alliance.

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DEI in communications speakers

Glover’s organization would like to see the communication industry “as diverse as the United States is by 2025.” That will require a major acceleration in progress, but she said it’s become easier to get organizations to sign on to DEI goals in the wake of the racial reckoning that followed George Floyd’s murder.

But because DEI is a relatively new area, “there’s no real roadmap” for achieving goals, Ravenel said. The speakers agreed that simply collecting data and being transparent about demographics is a key starting point for any organization–though that’s often easier pledged than done. But you can’t identify gaps or track progress without detailed information on a company’s makeup and how it changes over time.

The speakers noted that improving DEI isn’t just about recruitment and hiring. It also involves an unflinching examination of track records and policies in areas like promotion, salaries, and retention. At the same time, “DEI is not just HR,” as Beecher put it. Depending on the company, DEI principles may also need to be applied to areas like product development, marketing, and how customers are cultivated.