Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

National Grid Foundation Supports Leadership Program for Students of Color at Saint Rose with $20,000 Grant



The College of Saint Rose has received a $20,000 grant from National Grid Foundation to expand opportunities for students of color to fine-tune their leadership skills.

The grant will expand services to 50 ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, and Native American) students, helping them to grow as leaders and bringing together the support structures necessary for their success.

The ALANA is Leadership Peer Mentoring Program at Saint Rose pairs first-year students of color with peer leaders (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to assist them with their transition during the first year of undergraduate study. Students participate in leadership and professional development trainings throughout the academic year. Topics include, but are not limited to, career development, diversity, handling conflicts, setting goals, and time management.

“We are grateful to National Grid Foundation for investing in our ALANA students, so that they can become strong leaders on campus, and later take those skills into the world,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “The undergraduate student body at Saint Rose has become increasingly diverse in recent years, with at least half of those in our first-year classes identifying as students of color. We understand, based on the research, that we must be focused in our support of our ALANA students to ensure their success. The ALANA is Leadership Peer Mentoring Program is one of the ways in which we do that, and we are thrilled that National Grid has partnered with us in the effort.” 

Research shows that retention and graduation rates for students of color remain significantly lower than those of their white peers due to a variety of factors, including racial inequality in the K-through-12 education system, a lack of financial resources, lower levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, and cultural and academic barriers within the academy. The ALANA program approach aims to combat these challenges through close mentoring by faculty, peers, and staff; special educational training and enrichment opportunities; academic support; and deliberate attention to equity and inclusion.

National Grid Foundation Executive Director Ed White said, “We are proud to partner with The College of Saint Rose. The ALANA is Leadership Peer Mentoring Program gives students an opportunity to meet upper classmen who are role models and participate in workshops that will give them advantages, not just in navigating college but most importantly, life after graduation.”

A Recovery Helpline to assist residents dealing with recovery and addiction issues has been launched today by Rensselaer County, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced. Residents can reach the Recovery Helpline at 1-833-HOPE-123 or 1-833-467-3123 to receive information, resources or referrals for themselves or anyone needing help with…
When the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami struck Dec. 26 of that year it took the lives of more than 227,000 people. Despite being well into the Internet Era, warning systems on a broad international scale were nonexistent, as remote areas of Indonesia, Thailand and India suffered unfathomable loss. But 14 years later, gaps still remain in rural…
The Chazen Companies is pleased to announce Roger Fast, CBO, CFM has joined the growing code services team as Senior Code Analyst located at 12655 SW Center Street, Suite 350 in Beaverton, Oregon. In recent years, Chazen partnered with Code Unlimited, LLC working on a variety of projects throughout New York State. As the need for code services…
Oct
23
Manufacturers employ more than 12 million people in the US and contribute $2.25 trillion to the US economy annually. Locally employment in manufacturing…
7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast; 8-9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Oct
26
Celebrate CEO's newest head start classroom located at Griswold Heights. For years, families living at the Troy Housing Authority’s Griswold Heights…
11:00 a.m.
Nov
01
Celebrate exceptional businesses that have positively impacted the region’s economy and way of life. In partnership with Rensselaer County, the "Good News…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12-1 p.m. Awards Ceremony