PRESIDENT – Layla Abdullah-Poulos
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Layla Abdullah-Poulos is an alumna of SUNY Empire State College with a B.A. in Historical Studies and Cultural Studies (2010).  She is presently a student in the School for Graduate Studies’ Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program with a concentration in Cultural Studies. Abdullah-Poulos is also pursuing advance graduate certificates in Women and Gender and American studies.  Her graduate research focuses on the emerging native-born American Muslim cultural construct, and she expects to complete her studies and receive a Master of Arts and Advance Graduate Certificates by 2016.

Abdullah-Poulos received the Edwin and Ruth Decker Scholarship for Academic Excellence in 2008. In 2014, she was awarded the Empire State College Student Service award as well as the Foner Fellowship in Work, Culture, and Social Change. Abdullah-Poulos is also a multi-year recipient of the UUP Joint Labor Management Individual Development Award (2014, 2015). In 2015, Abdullah-Poulos was awarded the Leadership Council on Inclusion’s Multiculturalism Service Award.

An aspiring academic, Abdullah-Poulos uses her knowledge not only to develop her own scholarship but also that of her fellow Empire students.  Through her work as a learning coach at the college’s Long Island location, she endeavors to assist students in achieving academic success.  A proponent for the enrichment of higher education through diversity, she plans to continue her work as an educator who conveys to students an ethnically diverse historical awareness and furnish them with the skills necessary to acquire political proficiency and constructively affect global policy and change.

Abdullah-Poulos worked as a staff writer for the college’s The Student Connection student-run newsletter, where she focused her writing on articles that will help students successfully navigate Empire’s collegiate environment and readers appreciate what a special place of learning the institution is.

Recognizing issues of academic estrangement many minority students experience, Abdullah-Poulos founded the SUNY Empire State College Minority Students in Action club. As president of the club, she envisions it as a space where students can be encouraged to gain the skills and abilities necessary for scholastic success and develop a voice to improve their academic experiences.

“Independent learning doesn’t mean learning alone.”

Layla Abdullah-Poulos’ Published Works

“Celebrating Diversity: Immigrant Art Exhibition at the Metropolitan Center.” The Student Connection. SUNY Empire State College, 16 Jan. 2015.

“Collegewide Forum on Race and Policing Opens an Important Discussion.” The Student Connection. SUNY Empire State College, 3 Apr. 2015.

“Feeding the Beast: Increasing Gore to Satisfy Horror Audiences’ Hunger for More.” The Student Connection. SUNY Empire State College, 19 Mar. 2015.

“Protection from the Protectors: Keeping Our Son Safe from Police Brutality.” Blue Honor Blog. Blue Honor, 25 Feb. 2015. Web. 9 May 2015.

“The Student Parent and Childcare: Managing Children and College Activities.” The Student Connection. SUNY Empire State College, 14 Oct. 2014.

“When Instructors Go MIA: 6 Things Students can accomplish during Faculty No Appointment Periods.” The Student Connection. SUNY Empire State College, 5 Mar. 2015.

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