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
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,
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.