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Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs
Location: Old Gym, Room 302
Phone: 347-577-4020
Fax: 718-960-8243

Meet the Staff

Amanda Dubois-Mwake, Director

Amanda Dubois-Mwake is the Director of the Office of Community Engagement & New Student Programs. She has a B.A. from Bridgewater State College in her home state of Massachusetts and an M.A. in higher education administration from New York University, where she previously worked as a community development educator in residential education. She is a researcher and educator in the area of the sophomore experience and has over ten years of experience in higher education programs.

Dubois-Mwake has served as an intern with the National Orientation Directors Association and worked on orientation and welcome programs at four different colleges and universities over the past decade. She recognizes the need for a strong orientation program to shape students' experience and to aid in the retention of the second-year population. Her motto is "Inspire, Higher"— if you get excited or passionate about something and exhibit that to others, often you will inspire someone else to do the same.


Amy Olsen, Associate Director, CUNY Service Corps Manager

Amy Olsen is the CUNY Service Corps Manager for Lehman College. She has a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University, where she previously worked as an Assistant Community Development Educator in the department of Residential Education. Amy also served as a Hall Director at Cornell University and the School of Visual Arts.


Denny Santos, Assistant Director

Denny earned his BA in Sociology from Purchase College in 2004 and earned M. Ed in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2006. Denny worked in Residence Life for the past 10 years working for several institutions in the Tri-state area.

Denny is a Manhattan native and a die-hard Mets fan.


Jenny Landsman, Assistant Director of Operations

Jenny Landsman is the Assistant Director of Operations. With over 5 years of experience working with students in the non-profit sector and higher education, she enjoys learning about students' diverse experiences and helping them reach their academic and professional goals. She first joined Lehman College as an Office Administrator after working as an Admissions Administrator for the SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center. She has a BBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Lehman College and is currently pursuing an MS in I/O Psychology at Baruch College.


Dorothy Williams-Wallen, CUNY CAP/Graduate Assistant

Dorothy Williams-Wallen is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Lehman College, class of 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an Associate of Arts in Business Administration-Management.  After working in several industries, Dorothy decided to operate her own business. She is currently the Franchisee/Owner of a Subway Restaurant.  She is passionate about helping others so she continues to collaborate her efforts with that of her church and other community-based organizations. In her leisure time, Dorothy enjoys reading and spending quality time with family and friends.


Patricia Mendez, College Assistant

Patricia Mendez is a recent graduate of Lehman College, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. Before beginning a master’s program in Community Health Education, Patricia will be working part-time in our office to learn about community outreach and education. Patricia is passionate about the issues affecting disenfranchised communities and working to eliminate socio-economic disparities. Her ultimate goal is to open a non-profit community center that will provide a range of services to less fortunate individuals and communities.


Peer Educators

Justina Kasteri

Justina is a pre-MD/PhD student currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Biology. For her, being a Peer Educator for the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs is an incredible opportunity to support important causes and events within Lehman College and outside the campus. Justina values the importance of health and education. She has volunteered at B’N Fit Annual Power Walk, New Student Orientation, and Lehman Food Bank. During her journey as a Peer Educator she aspires to be helpful, to get involved and to make a difference in the community and other’s life.


Kassandra Montes

Kassandra is a student studying both Bio-Chemistry and Philosophy as well as minoring in Biology. She currently serves her time at the Office of Community Engagement and New Student Programs as a Peer Educator. Being a Peer Educator allows her to communicate and build partnerships for the office, while seeking support within the community of Lehman students. Kassandra is also part of Lehman L.I.F.E. This is an alternative break program in the office, that aims to increase awareness of issues affecting humanity from our campus to the global society. During her time with the Lehman L.I.F.E. program she has discovered how proper education is crucial to the development of skills and knowledge.


Nira Rahman

Nira is a junior majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Human Rights and Peace Studies. As a former CUNY Service Corps member, Nira was able to work with a local community organization to tackle issues regarding housing and the environment. Now as a Peer Educator, she hopes to engage Lehman students in service opportunities as a means of raising awareness in key issues and empowering students.


Dylen Somwar

Dylen is a junior studying Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. Dylen's drive to become a Peer Educator stemmed from his vision of building the bridge that connects the students and the staff of Lehman College, while providing volunteer services to encourage the betterment of the campus and community. In addition, Dylen is a Brother of Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. who are a group of young men that demonstrate the ideas of strong character and good moral judgement by aiding their school and assisting departments like the Office of Community Engagement through service.  Through his vast network, Dylen has volunteered in events such as, Freshmen Orientation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Walk, and the Women Empowerment Fashion Show. As a first year Peer Educator, Dylen is thrilled to be a part of a hardworking, professional, fun department who gets to bring the Lehman Lightening Pride to the New York Community!