Summer 2016


Table of Contents


The story, so far

In honor of the College of Community and Public Affairs’ (CCPA) 10-year anniversary, members of the CCPA family reflect on its beginnings and look toward the future.

Re-examining Freedom

Alana Gunn, assistant professor of social work, partners with community agencies that support formerly incarcerated individuals.

Beyond the burqa

Lubna Chaudhry, chair and associate professor of human development, studies mainstream misconceptions of Islamic women by conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan.

What do you get from a college education?

MPA alumni find their place as leaders in the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Emergency Management; and the Center for Learning and Teaching.

Alumni serve as campus leaders

MPA alumni find their place as leaders in the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Emergency Management; and the Center for Learning and Teaching.


Nadine Mastroleo, assistant professor in the PhD program, creates interactive training videos to help treat and address alcohol abuse.

Filling a Generation Gap

Youjung Lee, assistant professor of social work, introduces themed "camps" geared toward multigenerational families in Binghamton schools

George Homsy doesn’t just study sustainability; he lives a sustainable life. From his apartment in downtown Binghamton, he can easily walk to his job, gym, entertainment and good eats, leaving a smaller footprint on the planet.

Built to Last

George Homsy, Assistant Professor in CCPA, promotes sustainability in downtown Binghamton

David Campbell, chair and associate professor of public administration


David Campbell, Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration, teaches how to use social media to advance professional and philanthropic goals

Myra Sabir, assistant professor of human development, leads a group of men through a Lifewriting workshop at the YMCA in downtown Binghamton.

Wet Writing

Myra Sabir, assistant professor of human development, introduces Lifewriting as a means to confront unresolved personal experiences

“I always wanted to be a person who can be an agent of change ... (CCPA) is giving me the skills that I need.” –Tanairy Carbo

Tanairy Carbo: Agent of change

Tanairy Carbo is pursuing an MSW in CCPA in order to become an agent of positive change

Robert Cohen ’12, MPA ’14, works with teams from NYC Emergency Management and other city agencies to identify what went well and what didn’t go as well as they had hoped in the city’s emergency responses and drills.

In case of emergency

MPA alumni pursue careers in emergency services

“The point of my research is to be able to have these voices from usually marginalized places heard. I want their stories to be told.”
–Dina Maramba

More than a checkbox

Dina Maramba, associate professor of student affairs administration, is studying the effects of using Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) as one category in higher education applications

Interdisciplinary research

Key differences between multi- and inter-disciplinary research often go undefined

Jordan Musante, left, Lisbeth Pereyra and Arthur Seltenreich prepare food for residents at Whitney Place, a supportive residence for homeless men operated by the nonprofit organization Rescue Mission.

Residents wanted: Must love service!

Service-focused learning community teaches undergraduates the value of civic engagement

Chelsea Reome '13 is expanding her professional toolkit in a year-long service opportunity.

You serve, you learn

CCPA graduates sharpen skills in year-long service positions

Laura Bronstein, Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs.

Meet the dean

Bronstein leads through collaboration

Anna Kristina Madrazo, left, Nayemai-Isis McIntosh Green and Promise Zone After School Coordinator and doctoral candidate Judy AuPont, MSW '13, are working to improve academic achievement at Binghamton High School in an after-school program called BHS D.R.E.A.M.

Making the grade

Promise Zone program to improve quality of education for Binghamton-area children

Robert Palmer

Historically black colleges: Offering support, fostering success

Student affairs professor highlights challenges black males face in higher education in two new books

Nicole Zulu '14 and Harlee Pratt '14 enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca site in the Cusco Region of Peru.

Have friend, will travel

International programs bring students closer together

Cynthia Nuara

Demystifying the Peace Corps

Alumna Skypes with students on volunteer program


Go with the flow

Why we named our magazine Confluence