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CNR graduates have made their mark in every field of endeavor!

“At The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, I received much more than an education, I received preparation.  CNR allowed me to prepare for my future; it cultivated within me a desire for learning that has grown stronger through the years. I left there a student and I have become a teacher. My students today at Medgar Evers College are the better for what I learned at CNR, and for what I continue to carry with me in life.” 

Damele Elliott Collier  SNR’00
Professor of English Composition
Medgar Evers College

After receiving her bacheler’s degree from CNR, Damele Elliott Collier earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.  Her love of writing led her to work for over five years for the Department of Education teaching English in high school.
    A novelist, she is the author of two novels, Fields of Gold  and A Touch of Destiny. Recently she discovered her passion and gift for filming and her first short film Hidden premiered at Medgar Evers College in February 2008.  The film took second place in the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival in Atlanta GA, in October 2008.
    She is co-pastor at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, New York, with her mother Pastor Susie M. Elliott.  Her work with HIV and youth was recognized by The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and she received a grant from the organization for her work in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, she was selected for a third grant to continue her work with her church in the community implementing HIV awareness.
    A professor of English Composition at Medgar Evers College, Rev. Collier is the host of the Radio program Voices In Motion. This show features poets, singers, and positive rappers.  She is also the host of the Blog Talk Radio Show, Chasing God a show that focuses on everyday issues that Christians face.  And she is the host of the television show Independent Film In America that provides independent filmmakers a platform and a voice. Rev. Collier resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Carlton Collier, and their two children, Hassan and Ashe.

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