Program Staff


David Olan, Principal Investigator

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David Olan is the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Center where he is a member of the music composition faculty.  He was Executive Officer of the Ph.D./DMA Programs in Music from 2001-2013 and has served as a co-director of the CUNY Humanities Alliance since its inception in 2016.  Among his awards are Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, CAPS, and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and a commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress.

Katina Rogers

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Katina Rogers is Director of Administration and Programs at the Futures Initiative, a program at CUNY Graduate Center dedicated to advancing equity and innovation in higher education. Her work focuses on many aspects of higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. She is the editor of #Alt-Academy, a digital publication dedicated to exploring the career paths of humanities scholars in and around the academy, and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Rogers has contributed to the Humanities Alliance since the program’s earliest stages, and helps connect the Humanities Alliance and the Futures Initiative through the development of joint programming focusing on equity, innovation, and the reinvestment in higher education as a public good.

Luke Waltzer

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Luke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogy and digital projects. He previously was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, serves as Director of Community Projects on the CUNY Academic Commons, and is on the faculty of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program and MA Program in Digital Humanities. He is on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki’s Writing History in the Digital Age. 

Deputy Director

Kaysi L. Holman

Kaysi L. Holman is the Director of Programs and Administration of the CUNY Humanities Alliance. She brings over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits and educational organizations dedicated to equity and social justice, both within higher education and achieved through access to higher education. Holman served as a political advocate and community organizer for education and welfare reform in California and at the Alameda County Bar Association in Oakland, CA, before moving to Duke University where she directed programming and administration for HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. She holds a law degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Holman brings a wide array of skills, all of which she will be drawing upon as Deputy Director of the Humanities Alliance: higher education administrator, community organizer and advocate, web developer, social networker, financial manager, and mentor of doctoral students.

CUNY Humanities Alliance Staff 

Sujung Kim, Senior Research Associate

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Dr. Sujung Kim is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research addresses the critical pedagogy of higher education and community colleges for the public good and educating students as critical public intellectuals. Her research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of class, race, citizenship, power, and subjectivity, and how these intersecting conditions affect vulnerable college students’ sense of institutional and social belonging. She also focuses on access to postsecondary education, retention, and outcomes and how these factors impact students’ further educational, career, and life trajectories. Her current book project examines the interrelations among neoliberal community college policies and politics, the globalization of community colleges, and the restructuring of racial and class relationships among diverse student populations. In addition, her work considers the complex mechanisms through which lower middle- and working-class Korean international students are created as (potential) transnational, adrift, cheap laborers. Dr. Kim earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Luis J. Henao Uribe, Humanities Scholar

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Luis J. Henao Uribe is the Humanities Scholar for the CUNY Humanities Alliance and the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center. In this role, he provides support for the teaching fellows, and helps pivot the lessons of the Humanities Alliance to broader audiences through a variety of programs and projects at the TLC. Henao Uribe is a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY.  His recent research explores the role of novels in the establishment of national imaginaries and the legitimization of the state in Mexico and Colombia. He also writes about how Latin American cultural objects circulate in the United States. ​​He is a Colombian writer based in New York since 2005 and has published the short-stories collection Diarios del limbo in 2006 and he collaborates with literary magazines such as Los bárbaros and Vecindad.

Jesse Rice-Evans, Web Development and Documentation Fellow

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Jesse Rice-Evans (she/her/hers) is the current Web Development and Documentation Fellow with the CUNY Humanities Alliance. She is a fourth-year PhD candidate in English Composition and Rhetoric. She also works as a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech and as an access consultant. She writes about sick & disabled rhetorics, access pedagogy, and abolitionist teaching for white educators. Read her academic work forthcoming in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Kairos, and currently on the TLC’s Visible Pedagogy blog, the Anti-Ableist Composition Collective, and on her Patreon page. She’s also an essayist and poet and her first full-length collection The Uninhabitable was published in 2019 by Sibling Rivalry Press. Find her online at jessericeevans.com

Patryk Tomaszewski, Communication and Humanities Curation Fellow

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Patryk Tomaszewski is a Ph.D. student in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on twentieth-century art, with a specific interest in modern art from Eastern and Central Europe. Currently, Patryk is working on a project that explores ways in which Polish artists negotiated their national identity through artist-run collaborations and exhibitions in the immediate aftermath of World War II. In addition to teaching art history at Borough of Manhattan Community College, he has also completed internship programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, Patryk holds a B.A. with Honors in Art History and German from Fordham University and an M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


Kashema Hutchinson 

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Kashema Hutchinson is Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is also the Co-Director of the Peers Leadership Fellows Program. She has facilitated discussion groups with incarcerated populations in New York. Kashema creates and uses Hip Hop infographics to facilitate discussions on the role of women and history; philosophy; behavioral economics and; class and crime in traditional and non-traditional educative spaces. She is also a Co-Director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s Education Committee. In addition, Kashema is also an adjunct lecturer and teaches critical thinking to undergraduate and early college students. Her research interests include mattering and marginalization, the socialization of Black girls and women, zero-tolerance policies, mindfulness and Hip Hop pedagogy.

Lauren Melendez

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As Director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program, Melendez directs and oversees a program that brings together 30 undergraduate students from across 12 CUNY campuses as Leadership Fellows. Melendez consults with fellows on how to develop their mentoring and leadership skills in addition to helping them learn how to navigate spaces inside and outside their college campuses. The fellows in turn learn about opportunities within and outside their campuses that will help shape, strengthen and prepare them for not only their academic paths but more importantly their life paths.

In her role as administrative specialist, Melendez provides academic and administrative support to the Futures Initiative. She oversees department operations, manages workshop planning and scheduling, conducts research, and organizes and processes materials for all administrative documentation. Melendez manages the program’s budget and coordinates purchasing, accounting, and payroll for the department.

Stefanie Sertich

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Stefanie Sertich is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Theatre at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, and the LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars Coordinator for the Humanities Alliance. She is also the Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center’s American Collegiate Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region I. She directs new works, musicals and creates devised theatre pieces for social change.

At LaGuardia, Prof. Sertich has directed several plays, including “Passing Strange” and “In The Heights.” She has also developed a series of devised works with students on contemporary social justice issues, entitled, “Unpacking American Identity” with Steven Hitt, Artistic Director of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Her current projects include the show, Intersections (on tour Spring 2017), a collaboration with The Women’s Bridge Initiative on Alyson Mead’s The Flora and Fauna (in cross-country readings), and her film, Raisin/Rosedale, which premiered at the Queens World Film Festival, and will be shown in the CUNY Film Festival in April 2017. Prof. Sertich has a BA in Acting from Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Portland. She recently won the Innovative Teaching Award from KCACTF and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and is the University of Portland’s 2017 Contemporary Alumni Winner.