Urban Male Leadership Program

Meet the Staff

Michael A. Deas, L.M.S.W., Director

Mr. Deas was appointed Director of The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) at Lehman College in August of 2008. He continues to create an abundance of program awareness across the Lehman campus as well as other Black Male Initiative campuses. Always putting the needs of the student first, he has developed a program to strengthen academic skills, personal development and character enrichment.

Prior to Mr. Deas’ appointment as Director of the UMLP, he was the New York City Director of Social Work for the Administration for Children’s Services Juvenile Justice Initiative. He is an Adjunct Professor at Herbert H. Lehman College (African and African American Studies Department) and at The College of New Rochelle (Social Work Department). In 2006 he became the Recipient of the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award at Lehman College. Mr. Deas is a skilled orator, who has often delivered speeches at Lehman College’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy celebration.

Michael Deas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lehman College and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Mr. Deas has a long history working in public and private agencies providing support and services for children and families. Additionally, he serves as a motivational speaker, and is a U.S. Army Disabled Veteran.

David Tavarez, Data Coordinator

David Tavarez is a recent Lehman College graduate, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business & Human Resource Management in May 2014. While at Lehman he excelled both in and outside the classroom volunteering as an ambassador and a mentor for the Urban Male Leadership Program since 2010. David was a Lehman L.I.F.E. (Leaders Involved for Everyone) member performing community service in and outside of his local community, including Caimito, San Juan, Puerto Rico and El Progreso, Honduras. Mr. Tavarez remains an active part of his community, participating in Community Service programs such as The Bronx is Blooming, 2013 ING NYC Marathon & 2014 NYC Half Marathon Fluid Stations, and POTS (Part of the Solution).

Mr. Tavarez has received various awards, including The CUNY Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award for 2013-2014, Champion of Service Award for 2013-2014, Outstanding Leadership in Service by a Graduating Senior for 2013-2014 presented, The Urban Male Leader of the Year award in 2012 and Most Outstanding Workshop Leader for 2012-2013. Mr. Tavarez was also selected as one of five Lehman College recipients to receive the 2014 Bronx Dominican Day Parade Scholarship.

Euston Harp, Outreach and Diversity Recruiter

Euston Shawn Harp is a current Lehman College student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration. He is also currently in the Army reserves. Mr. Harp has worked with numerous church programs where he helped inner city youth focus on a positive route in life to include job preparation, working and more importantly pursuing higher education. Mr. Harp is a very passionate and genuine individual, and expresses such when working with minority youth in this key component in our program. As the Outreach and Diversity Recruiter Euston is very dedicated and enthusiastically brings new college students into the UMLP ensuring these young individuals are groomed to be future leaders and graduate on time.

Diana Figueroa, Program Coordinator

Diana Figueroa has eight years of experience working at the New York City Council. She served as City Hall Office Manager at the New York City Council, 12th District. Ms. Figueroa was responsible for the daily management of the City Hall Office and facilitating district budget funding requests. The position required her to interface with City Council Central Staff and provide technical assistance to community organizations on Council discretionary funding for youth, seniors, and cultural programs. Her attention to detail, technical, and interpersonal skills, and ability to handle multiple professional assignments and special projects greatly benefited the Council Office, its several highly visible activities, and over 150,000 district residents.

Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government in May 2004 and a Masters of Public Administration-Inspector General in May 2007, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Last modified: May 18, 2015