YWCA Brooklyn University is an all-day program offering college bound high school senior young women “the real” on all aspects of college life. The program launch is on March 25, 2017.

This workshop is designed to provide information that young women may not get from campus tours or college websites. Topics for discussion include: diversity on campus; resident life; time and money management; social groups; campus safety; and more. 

Admitted students will have the opportunity to socialize with and gain valuable information from young alumni from diverse institutions while forming meaningful relationships with other college bound peers. All participants will have applied to a four year institution and may or may not have already decided where they will enroll. 

UNIVERSITY SESSIONS: Student Faculty Members

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Taylor is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. She has served as an Associate in the White House as well as a Congressional staffer in the House of Representatives and a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education.

In 2015, she co-founded the Black Southern Experience Collective which provides networking opportunities for southern Black young professionals in Washington, DC.

Micaella Duncan, a Queens native, has gained a comprehensive knowledge of marketing, advertising, brand/artist management and event planning during her time studying at Howard University. While engaging in her studies, Micaella was able to intern at EventsDC, Bad Boy Entertainment/The Blue Flame Agency, Atlantic Records, Roc Nation Records where she worked under the direct supervision of Sean Combs, Sean Carter, Frank Ocean and more. It was Micaella’s passion for music that pushed her into the entertainment industry. However, during her time attending school and interning Micaella noticed the need for assisting other young intellectuals on ways to enter and maintain a successful career in the entertainment industry. Thus, she created “The Intern” Podcast where entertainment executives that have built the careers of some of the most notable artist come and speaks about their journey, and ways you can do the same. Micaella is currently working at The TEKNIQUE Agency as an Account Executive and Social Media Director while obtaining her Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications at Baruch College. Terry-Ann is a freshman at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently dorming at the CCNY Towers. Her major is biomedical education and she is studying to become a healthcare professional, specifically a doctor.

Her transition to college could not have been done without a huge support system (e.g. her personal Sophie Davis advisor, her mentor at Bottom Line, and the support she received from the YWCA Brooklyn Lead program).

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 Deja is a Jersey girl through and through. She grew up in the city of Trenton and went on to attend Rutgers University-Newark where she majored in Journalism & Media Studies. “The best thing about my college experience was the exposure I got to so many different cultures.” Currently Deja is a high school English teacher with an extensive background in media where’s she’s been featured in The Huffington Post. She has interned for Solange at Saint Heron, and worked for Madame Noire and Upscale Magazine. Sofia Mussa is a product of Brooklyn. She majored in Political Science at Brooklyn College, focusing on the politics of developing countries. After college she attended Georgetown University and received a Masters of Public Policy focusing on Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sofia has lived, traveled, and worked in Kenya and South Africa, focusing on education. She currently works for a b-Corp in Washington D.C. focusing on community development.




Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 6.34.34 PMKaren St. Hilaire

Karen St. Hilaire is an entrepreneur, lecturer, and motivational speaker. Karen is focused on cultivating her clients’ personal/professional brands and implementing them into their daily lives. Karen is a graduate from CUNY’s John Jay College and Hunter College. She resides in Brooklyn, NY. Karen is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Joseph’s High School in Brooklyn, NY and is a  member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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Renee Hastick-Motes, MPA

Renee Hastick-Motes is the Vice President of External Affairs for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.  In her role, Renee along with her team is responsible for Communications/Media, Marketing, Government/Community Relations and Advocacy. Renee has also served as the Associate Vice President of Community and Government Relations for one of New York City’s largest human service agencies.  Within her career, Renee has worked alongside elected officials highlighting community concerns and leading advisory teams that created comprehensive and effective community solutions around policy issues. She’s had the opportunity to work for the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President (under Marty Markowtiz Administration) as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Borough President and Policy Analyst covering such areas as  Disabilities, Caribbean Relations, Higher Education, Clergy and Community Board (16 & 18) Relations for the borough of Brooklyn. In addition, Renee is an Adjunct Professor at Medgar Evers College, School of Business in the Department of Public Administration, where she teaches courses on Administration of Global Institutions, understanding its functions and governance. Renee thrives on creating new avenues of collaborations, funding opportunities and building new partnerships/relationships between government, community leaders and the institutions she works with. She stresses the importance to many about the power that residents and community stakeholders have when it comes to securing a better quality of life. Renee earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Marketing from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a Master’s (with distinction) in Public Administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Renee resides in Levittown, NY with her husband and three beautifully amazing children.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 6.40.29 PMVictoria Nuñez

Victoria Nuñez is a Senior Assistant District Attorney, at the Kings District Attorney’s Office, in the Special Victims Bureau. She holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School (’03), and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida (’99). Victoria has focused her legal career in public service, working for service based organizations representing indigent communities both in Massachusetts and New York City, first as a public defender and later as a prosecutor. In 2009, Victoria began working at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, before leaving in 2013. After a short time in private practice, Victoria began working at Columbia University as a Title IX Investigator, investigating allegations of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence on campus. In addition to her investigative duties, Victoria worked on developing the University’s policy against Gender –Based Misconduct, its adherence to state law, and training students and faculty on the policy. Victoria returned to the District Attorney’s Office this past October and is thrilled to be part of the District Attorney’s Initiative against Campus Sexual Assault.

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Dr. Eddie Summers is the Vice President and Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Long Island University. Formerly, Dr. Summers served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN), Chief of Staff to the President of Union College, and Assistant to the President of Marist College. He is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy and is a prominent voice on matters impacting higher education and urban issues. He has written and publicly lectured on topics such as access to higher education, cost, affordability, management of higher education, developing sound community and government relations programs, and institutional effectiveness and management. He is also active in his academic discipline of public policy and conducts research on politics, community and economic development, housing policy, political processes, and democracy. Dr. Summers received a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. He holds a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School.

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