In addition to our Gala as a vital fundraising component for the Lehman L.I.F.E. Alternative Break Program, we will honor the following outstanding members of our community who make an enormous difference locally and globally.
Rima Brusi, PH.D - Anthropologist - Writer - Advocate
Dr. Rima Brusi is an anthropologist, writer, advocate and educator. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in cultural anthropology from Cornell University, where she was a Ford Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She has served as Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico; was the founder, director and principal investigator of UPR’s Center for University Access, an outreach, research and advocacy initiative that increases college-going rates for low-income students and that today has expanded to six campuses in the system; worked as an applied anthropologist and writer at The Education Trust in Washington D.C., where she advocated for, wrote and carried out research on low-income students and students of color in K-12 and higher education in the United States; and was an advisor and writer for educational topics for Univision Communications.
The main focus of Dr. Brusi’s work over the last decade has been to understand and address the relationship among social inequality, geography, and access to educational opportunity and to higher education. In her various roles, she has carried out focused, mixed-methods research in Puerto Rico, California and Florida, and she has brokered, nurtured and strengthened relationships between the organizations she has worked for and other stakeholders, including K-12 schools, philanthropic foundations, community groups, the National PTA, college campuses and the media. Her research, writing, teaching, outreach and advocacy work is the basis for numerous products, including books, reports, articles, opinion columns, essays, workshops, and participation in radio and television shows. She also writes literary non-fiction that is informed by the anthropological method and the sociological imagination.
Currently, Dr.Brusi collaborates with a number of non-profit and educational organizations, including Lehman College, and is the writer-in-residence at the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies. Her current writing, research, and advocacy work focuses on educational and social justice in Puerto Rico and New York City. She shares five kids and a dog with her husband, José Luis Cruz, and they currently live in the Bronx, where she continues to write and advocate for social and educational justice.
William Jimenez, MD - Physician, Westmed Medical Group - Lehman Alumnus
Dr. Jimenez joined Westmed Medical Group in August 2015. Dr. Jimenez is board certified in internal medicine. He received a bachelor of science degree from CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College. He was then awarded his medical degree from SUNY at Upstate School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, where he was distinguished as an outstanding resident. Before coming to Westmed, Dr. Jimenez was in private practice in internal medicine in New York City.
In addition to his formal medical training at Montefiore, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Jimenez, a Bronx resident serves as a member of the Lehman College Pre-Health Advisory Committee. He serves as a volunteer on the resident physician staff for the Metropolitan Opera House as well as Lincoln Center. After Hurricane Maria, Dr. Jimenez was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his volunteer work in Puerto Rico. In 1993, he traveled to Brazil to provide healthcare to the indigenous people of the Amazon region.
Clarence Stanley, Jr. - Executive Director: Small Business Development Center at Lehman College
Clarence was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 1947 his family moved to New York City where he spent his early childhood in the melting pot of New York City, 52nd Street and 10th Avenue - “Hell’s Kitchen”. In 1954 the family moved to East Elmhurst Queens. Clarence was active in sports, particularly baseball and track. He graduated from Newtown High School and NYC Community College. He joined the United States Army in 1959 and served as a Specialist 4th Class - Radio Teletype Operator.
In 1962 he married Minnie Smith, from Beckley, West Virginia. They had two children, Stephanie and Clarence, III. Clarence’s children and grandson, Malcolm all went through the New Rochelle school system. Stephanie graduated from New Rochelle High School and Iona College - she is a Technology Applications Specialist for Ricoh USA, Inc., Stephanie is also the President and founder of Merit Management Group, Inc., which is a sports agency that represents professional female basketball players worldwide. Clarence III lives in New Rochelle. Malcolm graduated from SUNY Binghamton and is employed as a store manager for Sherman Williams Corporation in Pennsylvania.
While living in Queens in the 1960’s Clarence was active in community affairs and politics. He helped found the Elmcor Youth and Adult program and worked on several democratic political campaigns. During this period he received his BBA degree from Baruch College and his MBA from Long Island University.
In 1978 Clarence moved his family to the Maplewood Park section of New Rochelle.
Clarence’s community activism continued in New Rochelle as he helped form the Maplewood Park Neighborhood Association in the North End of New Rochelle. In 1978 he became District Leader for the Democratic party. He has served on several boards including the Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, the Mt. Vernon Day Care Center, the Renaissance Project in New Rochelle, the Yonkers Educational Opportunity Center, Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, the New Rochelle Day Care Center and the New York Hispanic Cosmetology & Beauty Chamber of Commerce. Board member Bronx Overall Development Corporation.
During his professional career Clarence worked at the Bank of New York as a Trust Administrator, Mobil Oil as a field accountant, Merrill Lynch as a Registered Rep and Citibank, for 27 years, as a branch manager and loan officer. While at Citibank, as a branch manager, he made the President’s club four times. He presently works at Lehman College as Director of the Small Business Development Center and is adjunct professor at Lehman College, Mercy College and St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.
Clarence, a life-long Democrat, presently sits on the New Rochelle Board of Assessment Review. His wife Minnie retired from the Journal News as Director of Employee Relations in 2011.