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 hold 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.

Dominique Winters, CUNY Office Assistant

Dominique Winters is a John Jay College of Criminal Justice alum and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration. Mrs. Winters transferred from York College in Jamaica, Queens to work with the Urban Male Leadership program at Lehman College as a CUNY Office Assistant.  In addition to working at York, she has worked at Bronx Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Mrs. Winters is passionate about working to support African American and Latino males, as well as all other students, pursue a higher education. When you call or visit the Urban Male Leadership office you will most often be greeted by Mrs. Winters who is more than willing to assist faculty, staff and students.

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 altonso currently in the Army reserves. Mr. Harp has worked with numerous church programs in helping inner city youth focus on a positive route in life to include working and more importantly pursue higher education. He is very passionate and genuine in working with minority youth as he relates to them and is a key component in our program. As the Outreach and Diversity Recruiter Euston is very dedicated into bring new college students into our program ensuring these young men are groomed into future leaders and graduate on time.

Nathaniel C. Gasque, Mentorship Coordinator

Nathaniel C. Gasque graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lehman College in 2012 with departmental honors for Business Administration. He is also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. Over the past 4 years, Mr. Gasque has held several prominent positions at Lehman College including Program Coordinator of Community Engagement and New Student Programs as well as Supervisor of the Transfer Coaching Program. He is also an original member of the Society of Urban Male Leaders, which was the very first line inducted into the Urban Male Leadership Program. As Mentorship Coordinator of the UMLP Circle of Support Mentorship program, Mr. Gasque is dedicated to working with the young men and women of Lehman College and assisting them on the path to success.

Rodney Dotson, Academic Intervention and Success (AIS) Coordinator

Rodney Dotson holds degrees in chemical engineering and engineering-economic systems from University of Tennessee and Stanford University and now currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lehman College. Mr. Dotson has worked in engineering practice in imaging systems manufacturing and product development, information and technology management, and education and human resource training. Mr. Dotson also holds teacher education certifications in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Career and Technology, and Engineering Technology. Mr. Dotson has been an avid contributor to research and practice in the field of supplementary education – the “little extras” that happen outside the classroom that make the teaching and learning enterprise most effective in the classroom. The Lehman College Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) provides a great many of these “little extras.”
Mr. Dotson is guided by the belief that the development of academic talent is best approached through ongoing development, advisement, coaching, modeling, and mentoring. These lifelong skills are important professionally, academically, and socially. As such, AIS support services will be the implemented in a way that models best practices in supplementary education and professional development. Our aim is that all students will improve their academic achievement through striving for academic mastery, understanding, and proficiency in all of their courses. Mr. Dotson also believes that educational enrichments, personal development, and professional development outside of the classroom are crucial in producing positive academic outcomes.

A life member and senior member of American Institute for Chemical Engineering (AIChE), Mr. Dotson has served as AIChE Chair of Minority Affairs Committee, Chair of Committee for National K-12 Programs, as a member of Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC), and as AIChE’s liaison to American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES). Mr. Dotson served for four years as National Chair for AAES K-12 Committee – a professional committee that provided coordination for outreach among the major national and international organizations of engineering professionals. Mr. Dotson has served as an instructor at the university level. Mr. Dotson also holds pre-college instructional certifications in the areas of science, career and technical education, engineering technology, and mathematics.

Mozelle Goodwin, CMP, Data Coordinator

MOZELLE GOODWIN, CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) has over 15 years’ experience in strategic global meeting/event programming and account management, as well as focus group/roundtable facilitation with a specialization in the healthcare industry. Ms. Goodwin’s experience in strategic meetings management ensures all activities adhere to program/project “branding”. A member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for 17 years, she has served on her local MPI Chapter’s board for 8 of the past 10 years, and is the first African American to serve as Chapter President (2013/2014) in their 25 year history. Mozelle earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and completed a certificate program at New York University in Sports, Entertainment and Events Marketing.

Ms. Goodwin originally served as the UMLP Program Coordinator from 2008 to 2011, assisting the Director in the implementation of many popular programs such as the Annual CUNitY Educational Summit still being offered today. Since 2011, she has served as the Program Data Coordinator, working with the Lehman College Office of Institutional Research and Department of Assessment and Planning to analyze and compare the UMLP cohort to comparable Lehman at-large students, depicting program effectiveness and progress.

David Tavarez, Program 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.


Last modified: Aug 20, 2014