BENU XANAMARA MA’AT

E-mail: Benu.Maat@gmail.com * natisha.jordan@lc.cuny.edu

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

My goal is utilize my skills and experience to help make a difference in the lives of people who are really in need. I have worked as a community organizer for the past 5 years in the South Bronx of New York City, with a focus on women empowerment and positive child and youth development through Hip-Hop Culture and Education. My strength is in program development –  developing and implementing inter-generational community educational programs. I am very good at understanding the problems within at-risk, under-served communities and devising solutions that entail a bottom up approach to  addressing them. I can also arrange and facilitate informational workshops for people of various communities and program stakeholders as well as organize various social activities to help them.

EDUCATION

CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College/B.A. Sociology                                                             2015

  • Concentrations: African & African-American History/Political Science/Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education
  • Certifications: CITI Collaborative Institution Training Initiative                              2013

Completed Final Research Proposal: Hip-Hop Pedagogy: Student Support Services and Community Education Program and Research Proposal

Sociology Courses Included:

  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of the Family
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Social Inequality
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Urban Sociology
  • Advanced Methods in Social Research (301 and 303)
  • Studies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences: Hip-Hop and the Urban Crisis

CUNY Pipeline Program for Careers in College Teaching and Research               2015    Graduate Center, City University of New York  — New York, New York 

Program Components: 

  • Pipeline Summer Institute (PSI)
  • Monthly Colloquia
  • Research Project
  • CUNY Pipeline Research Conference

Completed Final Thesis Paper Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Universal Zulu Nation: Social Reformation through the New Philosophy of Afrikan Redemption. 

Skills

  • Ability to exercise good judgement, take initiative and work independently
  • Experience in community education, organizing and outreach
  • Experience in providing direct services to at-risk populations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse groups of individuals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent project and program management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Excellent Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint skills

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

  • Resource Development: Fundraising & Grant Writing – AmeriCorps VISTA Classroom (Currently enrolled)
  • Introduction to Proposal Writing Online – Foundation Center Training – Certificate of Achievement, June 20, 2017
  • Introduction to Finding Grants Online – Foundation Center Training – Certificate of Achievement, June 20, 2017

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

AmeriCorps VISTA                                                                                                     2016-Present 

Title: Building Great Futures: Teen Programming  

Sponsoring Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

  • Worked with operations team to conduct research for information and materials
  • needed to create new gang prevention programming
  • Successfully created and updated systems and processes needed for gang prevention programming
  • Developed and delivered informational presentations to operations team
  • Present proposed programs at meetings with organization stakeholders
  • Developed and implemented pilot program for gang prevention
  • Created new fundraising templates for teen leadership program
  • Created new teen programs
  • Created staff training manuals for new teen programs
  • Worked with resource development team on grant proposals and in-kind donation solicitation

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant                                                                                                           2012-2015 

Office of School & College Collaboratives, Herbert H. Lehman College/CUNY

  • Data Collection
  • Data Entry

Research Assistant                                                                                                            2013 

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Herbert H. Lehman College/CUNY

  • Data Entry
  • Data Collection
  • Project Management
  • Created and maintained social media sites

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Guest Lecturer: The Importance of Community Organizing – AAS/470 – Fieldwork in the African American Community/Lehman College – 2017

Facilitator: Hip-Hop Pedagogy Community Education Program (PQOTN) – East Bronx Academy for the Future Community School – 2015

Guest Lecturer: Women Empowerment through Hip-Hop Culture – Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars Program – University of San Francisco @ the Bronx Museum of the Arts – 2015

Special Skype Lecture: Women, Gender and Hip-Hop Culture – Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts Program (VCDMA), Bowie State University – 2015

CURRENT RESEARCH

Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Community Education for Positive Child and Youth Development                                                                                              January 2016 – Present

PAST PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

Words, Beats & Life: Remixing the Art of Social Change International Teach-In Presentation: Hip-Hop Pedagogy Community Education Program/Phenomenological Research Project/Washington D.C. – 2015

The Elements of Culture Performance Lecture Series @ Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education/Bronx NY – 2015

The Elements of Culture Performance Lecture Series @ The Bronx Music Heritage Center – 2015

Hip-Hop Pedagogy Community Education Workshop Series @ East Bronx academy for the Future Community School – 2015 

Herbert H. Lehman College – 2014

2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit & Indigenous Remembrance Day Community Outreach Initiative – ClassAction Student Group Collaboration with the Universal Zulu Nation 

ClassAction Student Group & Lehman Knights Chess Club Presents…. Synchronized Amateur Chess Tournament – ClassAction Student Group Collaboration with the Lehman Knights Chess Club    

2nd Annual At-Risk Intervention & Prevention Conference – ClassAction Student Group

After the Bachelors What’s Next… Masters or PhD? CUNY Pipeline Info Session  ClassAction Student Group Collaboration with CUNY Pipeline Program                       

Undergraduate Research Day Fair Spring 2014 – ClassAction Student Group  and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs                                                                                 

The Dean’s List Tour Traveling Hip-Hop Showcase – Hosted by ClassAction Student Group                                                                

After the Bachelors What’s Next… Masters or PhD.? CUNY Pipeline Info Session – ClassAction Student Group Lecture Series                                                                                

Herbert H. Lehman College – 2013

Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture Hip Hop Educational Summit ClassAction Student Group Collaboration with the Universal  Zulu Nation and Dept. African & African American Studies                          

At-Risk Intervention and Prevention Conference: Addressing Issues of Domestic Violence, Re-Entry & Homelessness – ClassAction Student Group Collaboration with the Department of Sociology 

ClassAction Student Group presents… Hip-Hop: Past, Present, Future Student Forum  ClassAction Student  Group                                                        

Who Is ClassAction?… Social Science Research Presentation – 5th Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creativity Celebration                          

Undergraduate Research Fair Day Spring 2013 – ClassAction Student Group  Collaboration with the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs                                                                                                            

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Urban Male Leadership Academy/CUNY BMI – Lehman College
  • Herbert H. Lehman Leadership Academy
  • Careers in Teaching – Lehman College
  • ClassAction Student Group – founding president/program coordinator
  • CUNY Pipeline Fellow – 2014 Cohort
  • Universal Zulu Nation – Department of Community Affairs Worldwide Program/Project Coordinator
  • Phoenix Queens of the Nation – Co-Founder/Director, Community Programs and Education

 

 

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