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The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding to Host Second Annual Innovation Exchange on Nov. 24

--Creative Leaders From a Variety of Fields to Share Ideas at Queens College--  

Flushing, NY, November 11, 2013-- The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU) and the Office of the President at Queens College will be partnering to host CERRU’s Second Annual Innovation Exchange on Sunday, November 24th from 2-6 pm in Queens College’s Le Frak Concert Hall. Those who wish to attend this event, which is free and open to the public, must RSVP at  Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a networking hour with the invited speakers and visit Innovation Booths from 3-4 pm. Innovators will present from 2-3 pm and 4-6 pm.

The Innovation Exchange was begun by CERRU to bring together some of the nation’s top innovators to share their socially minded work and inspire QC students, as well as the broader Queens community. “We hope that this creative interchange will capitalize on the power of our diversity and serve as a hub for innovation in the borough now and in years to come,” says Professor Mark Rosenbaum, director of CERRU and professor of history at Queens College.       

This year, the Innovation Exchange will focus on the theme “Ethics in Action: The Values that Inspire Innovators.” Speaking for 12 minutes each, six innovators will describe the innovative work they are doing as well as the personal stories and values that inspire them. All talks will be professionally filmed and available within a few weeks of the Exchange.

The keynote address, “Creative Preparedness,” will be delivered by Queens College President James Muyskens following these speakers.

2013 Innovation Exchange Speakers (In Order of Presentation) 2-3 pm and 4-6 pm.

Jukay Hsu: "Expanding Access  in Our Innovation Economy

Raised in the Queens neighborhoods of Bayside and Flushing, Jukay developed his interest in economic and community development early—working as a volunteer while in high school and later as chairman of the American Red Cross Queens Chapter Youth Group. At the same time, he was playing a leadership role as student body president of Stuyvesant High School.

After studying economic development and graduating from Harvard, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer, where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal while commanding a rifle platoon. He went on to lead economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts.  After returning home in 2011, Jukay founded Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of technology to increase economic opportunity.

Eva Fernandez  : "Errors and Innovations: Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn

Eva Fernández is Assistant Vice Provost at Queens College, City University of New York, and director of the Queens College Center for Teaching & Learning. She also has faculty appointments in Linguistics & Communication Disorders at Queens College and in Linguistics and in Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Literatures & Languages at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

With a background in psycholinguistics, Eva conducts research on cross-linguistic language processing in monolingual and bilingual populations; a recent project examines how knowing a second language affects how the first language is processed and represented mentally. She is also interested in research on the use of technology for teaching and learning, and the development of information literacy among college students.

Cathy Royal: "The Three ‘T’ Theory: Truth, Trust, & Transparency"

Cathy L. Royal, PhD, is a system and organizational development professional with specialties in educational leadership, diversity, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and organizational transformation. She presented her work on affirmative identity, gender, and Appreciative Inquiry at the 2009 AI World Summit in Katmandu, Nepal. Dr. Royal developed the Quadrant Behavior Theory (QBT)©, a program that aims to expand understanding of the behaviors that create and sustain exclusion in societies and systems.

Dr. Royal creates innovative simulations for communities that address human trafficking, the movement of people and oppression, and personal behaviors that create inclusion in systems. She is the director-elect (2014) of the Zonta Foundation in Prince George’s County, Maryland, an international organization dedicated to elevating the status of women. Dr. Royal is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Colorado Technical University, and Ken Benne Scholar at the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.

Adam Horowitz: “The US Department of Arts and Culture: An Act of Collective Imagination”

Adam is a self-declared “projectician”—a collaborator and instigator of border-crossing projects rooted in storytelling, cultural exchange, and social change. As an undergraduate at Yale, Adam directed an experimental theater ensemble, conducted interviews with visiting artists for the World Performance Project, and wrote an award-winning ethnography on performance and immigration in New Haven. As a performer, musician, and researcher of intercultural exchange, Adam has worked and trained with ensembles in Poland, Peru, Chile, and Denmark, presenting original work in forests, churches, public plazas, and living rooms, as well as in traditional theaters.

While a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, Adam wrote about performance and politics for Theater magazine and created theater pieces with teens affected by violence. Adam has consulted on storytelling and community engagement strategies with organizations such as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and the problem-solving nonprofit Ashoka. He is also a founding team member of The Future Project – a new national education initiative to reinvigorate public high schools by partnering students with community members to build passion-inspired creative change projects.

Tramaine Chelan’gat Hugie: "Human Kaleidoscopes: The Path to Incite Insight and Creating Value"

An Integrated Media Specialist and public service leader, Tramaine Chelan’gat Hugie is also a social entrepreneur, mentor, writer, and activist focusing on innovations that advance education, economic and social progress. She has served as the Kenya Field Officer with Global Health Action, developing a training course, “Leadership for Social Change & National HIV Strategy.”

In the United States, Tramaine has designed and implemented creative programs for the Harlem Children’s Zone, including the organization’s first international youth media exchange. She continues to develop action-oriented curricula while advising several youth leadership development projects. In 2008 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a grant to lead a youth documentary expedition in Senegal and create a multi-media arts exhibition on cross- cultural building.

Currently, Tramaine convenes an institutional diversity strategy committee at the national StoryCorps project. She also manages its community engagement programs and public media initiatives in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  In addition, Tramaine serves as the education, media and arts advisor for Living Proof, a social business ( dedicated to entrepreneurship, education, and exchange. Her BA in Creative Writing and Film and MA in Intercultural Management and International Development prompt Tramaine’s interest in Africa’s emerging creative economy and entrepreneurship in creative industries worldwide.

David Salguero: “Bring Your Passion to Work

David is a business professional whose career has focused on driving innovation in a multitude of industries. He was one of earliest members of the General Motors digital media team, a pioneer in social media analytics at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, and was the marketing manager at Mission Motors, an electric vehicle startup. He is currently a Program Manager at Google[x] Labs. David holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from London Business School. He lives in San Francisco.

Presentations by 2012 Innovation Exchange seakers can be accessed at:

Queens College President James Muyskens, Keynote Address: “Creative Preparedness”

James Muyskens was appointed Queens College's ninth president in July 2002. His tenure has been a period of outstanding growth and achievement for the institution he leads.

Muyskens launched the updating of the college's undergraduate General Education curriculum and introduced new programs in business administration, neuroscience, graphic design, bioinformatics, and other disciplines. He has also guided the recruitment of hundreds of new faculty. Muyskens has overseen the completion of the renovation of Powdermaker Hall (the college's primary classroom facility), as well as the $30 million addition to Remsen Hall, which now houses new chemistry laboratories. In fall 2009, he welcomed students to The Summit, the college’s first-ever residence hall.

Muyskens recently oversaw the college's strategic planning initiative, which established goals for the college for the next 20 years. In addition, he spearheaded the college's most ambitious capital fund-raising campaign, which exceeded its goal of $100 million.

His appointment to Queens College marked his return to CUNY. Muyskens began his career at Hunter College as an assistant professor of philosophy and moved through the ranks to full professor. He also served Hunter as chair of its Department of Philosophy and as associate provost and acting provost. Subsequently, Muyskens spent seven years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas before serving as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the 34-campus University System of Georgia.

A graduate of Central College in Iowa, Muyskens earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan. His publications include two books, The Sufficiency of Hope and Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation, as well as numerous articles concerning the philosophy of religion and ethics.

The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU) is a non- partisan organization that facilitates cross-cultural engagement to advance understanding. CERRU envisions a world where differences among people inspire curiosity, collaboration, and innovation.

Founded in 1937, Queens College remains committed to providing a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students of all backgrounds.  From graduate and undergraduate degrees and honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, Queens College, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty, offers its over 20,000 students countless ways to realize their potential. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at


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