RISE Network Mixer 2018

R.I.S.E. Network

The R.I.S.E. Network is a scholar’s empowerment network that provides Black and Latinx freshman students with skill-based development, support and opportunities to enhance their overall academic career at St. John's University.

R.I.S.E. Network Leader Application Packet

The R.I.S.E. Network (Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower) is an initiative under Student Development and the Division of Student Affairs. The goal is to create an environment where successful, high potential students come together to assist in increasing the retention and graduation rates of our Black and Latinx students at St. John's University.

Five Pillars of Rise

  • Academic Success
  • Career Preparation
  • Connectivity
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Spiritual Enrichment

Program Benefits

  • Learn new skills from an experienced, high-achieving student leader
  • Network with influential faculty, administrators, and alumni to assist with career preparation
  • Participate in engaging and empowering workshops geared toward academic and personal goals
  • Gain access to the RISE Network study room and library of first-year textbooks

The Net

The RISE Network is unique in that it offers a professional network, known as The Net, which includes a group of key administrators, faculty, and staff who assist scholars with academic concerns and questions.

Scholars (Mentees)

First-year students who are interested in becoming scholars need to complete an online RISE Network Scholar Application and maintain a level of personal commitment to the program, which includes active participation in workshops, study sessions, social events, and Network Leader meetings.

Network Leaders (Mentors)

Network Leaders are primarily upperclassmen who have an interest in leadership and a passion to help incoming students navigate the college experience. This is accomplished through leadership development, informal advisement, group meetings, and a consistent use of resources and programs at St. John’s University. Recruitment of Network Leaders begins in October for the following academic year. Contact the Office of Student Development for more information.

Network Leaders

  • Build a student’s character development by encouraging work ethic, trustworthiness, kindness, responsibility, etc.
  • Assist with homework assignments and research papers, and improve academic skills
  • Participate in activities of interest to the scholar
  • Help set career goals and develop résumés
  • Develop critical problem-solving skills
  • Encourage social development

Can I Become a R.I.S.E. Leader?

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders are primarily upperclassmen who reach for success, embrace social responsibility, and are dedicated to the development and retention of first year Black and Latinx students.

Apply to Become a R.I.S.E. Network Leader
Application deadline: Tuesday, November 12 by 11:59 p.m.

Why Do I Need a Mentor?

Students with a mentor are more likely to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. They have higher self-esteem and confidence, and are more likely to earn higher grades and graduate.

Office Information

D’Angelo Center, Room 213
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sharod L. Tomlinson
Director of Student Development and R.I.S.E. Mentoring
718-990-5530
[email protected]

Leonard S. Breton, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Student Development and R.I.S.E. Mentoring
718-990-5383
[email protected]

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders

R.I.S.E. Network Leaders are primarily upperclassmen who reach for success, embrace social responsibility, and are dedicated to the development and retention of first year Black and Latino students.

Our goal is to ensure that scholars are intentionally connected to people, services and organizations to support their development and also empower them to be an integral part of the St. John's University community.

Nancy Beauchamp
Nancy Beauchamp
Year: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Central Islip, NY
Morgan Bell
Morgan Bell
Year: Junior
Major: Government/Politics
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Anaphterly Bozor
Anaphterly Bozor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Westbury, NY
Tracey-Marie Broadnax
Tracey-Marie Broadnax
Year: Sophomore
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Sienna Chavis
Sienna Chavis
Year: Sophomore
Major: Advertising
Hometown: Portland, OR
Gina Conteh
Gina Conteh
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism
Beverly Danquah
Beverly Danquah
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communication
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Terri Dorsey
Terri Dorsey
Year: Sophomore
Major: Fine Arts
Hometown: Washington, DC
Mina Dwamena
Mina Dwamena
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Union, NJ
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Irene Clarice Edwards
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Nailah Fisher
Nailah Fisher
Year: Junior
Major: Advertising Communications
Hometown: Silver Springs, MD
Waluma Fofung
Waluma Fofung
Year: Senior
Major: Dermatologist
Hometown: Mitchellville, MD
Jocelin Gardella
Jocelin Gardella
Year: Junior
Major: Finance
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Maimuna Gassama
Maimuna Gassama
Year: Junior
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Bre'Anna Grant
Bre'Anna Grant
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
Brianna Hairston
Brianna Hairston
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Edison Henriquez
Edison Henriquez
Year: Junior
Major: Homeland Security
Hometown: Haverstraw, NY
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Nicole Hernandez
Vanessa Jimenez
Vanessa Jimenez
Year: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Uniondale, NJ
Lauren Jordan
Lauren Jordan
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Olympia Fields, IL
Chelsea Lara
Chelsea Lara
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sports Management
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Jessica Lawrence
Jessica Lawrence
Year: Junior
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Oakland, CA
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Nicole Lawrence
Year: Sophomore
Major: Adolescent Education/English
Hometown: Bronx, NY
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Michiah Lee
Year: Senior
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Alexis LiDonde
Alexis LiDonde
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Woodstock Valley, CT
Grace Lightfoot
Grace Lightfoot
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Bowie, MD
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Sheridan March
Year: Senior
Major: Health and Human Services
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA
Terynn Mingo
Terynn Mingo
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
Tamia Morris
Tamia Morris
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Bonam Om
Bonam Om
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Jericho, NY
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Bianca Palmero
Keyla Payano
Keyla Payano
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Andrew Peck
Andrew Peck
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Queens, NY
Jozefina Preci
Jozefina Preci
Year: Senior
Major: Philosophy
Hometown: New York, NY
Tiffany Ragkaswar
Tiffany Ragkaswar
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Commack, NY
Amber Reese
Amber Reese
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Burtonsville, MD
Richey Reeves
Richey Reeves
Year: Junior
Major: English
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Bria Robinson
Bria Robinson
Year: Sophomore
Major: Economics
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
Claire Robinson
Claire Robinson
Year: Junior
Major: Communication Arts
Hometown: Owings Mills, NY
Maryann Rodas

Year: Junior
Major: Toxicology
Hometown: Medford, NY
Amenkha Sembenu
Amenkha Sembenu
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Maywood, NJ
Andrea Sifuentes

Year: Junior
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
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Kattiana Theodore
Jonathan Thompson
Jonathan Thompson
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Andre Varnado
Andre Varnado
Year: Senior
Major: Cyber Security
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Diamari Velez
Diamari Velez
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Forest Hills, NY
Nekayle Whitaker
Nekayle Whitaker
Year: Junior
Major: Risk Management & Insurance
Hometown: Ewing, NJ
Mariama Williams
Mariama Williams
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Washington, DC
Juscilla Wilmot
Juscilla Wilmot
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Chantel Ybarra
Chantel Ybarra
Year: Senior
Major: Health and Human Services, Concentration in Human Services
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY