School Desk

Manhattan College prof wins fellowship


Cristina Pérez Jiménez was one of 24 faculty members in the United States selected for the 2019-20 Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The fellowship is awarded to high-achieving scholars with a potential for future excellence in teaching.

The Manhattan College professor plans to spend her fellowship year writing “Here to Stay: The Making of Latinx New York.” Her plan is to document the development of Latinx culture in the city during the 1930s and 1940s using both literature and history.

She joined Manhattan College in 2016 teaching courses on Latinx and the nation’s multiethnic literature, all after earning her doctorate at Columbia University.


Boston University boasts Bronx grads

Five students from the northwest Bronx earned degrees from Boston University this spring.

• Margarita Cardozo earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

• Isabel DiPirro graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

• Rachel Trebach earned a bachelor’s in sociology.

• Kyle Krenzel earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

• Daniel Chen graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in health science.

Boston University, the fourth-largest private university in the nation, consists of 16 schools attended by 33,000 students.


Berkeley College graduates four locals

Four northwest Bronx natives earned degrees from Berkeley College at its May 10 commencement.

• Irwina Quiles earned a bachelor’s of business administration in health services management.

• Noemi Ross graduated with honors with a bachelor’s of business administration.

• Sydney Sanchez earned a bachelor’s of business administration in management.

• Chanel Tyson earned an associate’s degree in applied science with a concentration in justice studies and criminal justice.


Schools unveil new gender inclusion guidelines

While some states and school districts have virtually closed the door to transgender and gender-expansive students, city schools chancellor Richard Carranza countered that with his own revisions to the education department’s guidelines.

The revision was needed, officials said, because “transgender and gender expansive students are at higher risk for being marginalized, victimized, or bullied.”

Making schools more inclusive would increase awareness of gender identity, they added, as well as decrease bias and misunderstanding.

Revisions removed gender restrictions in physical education classes, school clubs, certain intramural sports and dress code.

It also allows families and students to change names and genders in school records without needing legal documentation.

The guidelines state schools can also no longer prohibit students from wearing hairstyles of their chosen “gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or other protected identity.”

Plans are in the works to train school district heads to understand the changes and new gender-inclusive programs over the summer.