Luana Y. Ferreira (Ph.D. ’2014, HLBLL) Named Empire State Fellow

Luana Y. Ferreira (Ph.D. 2014, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) has been named a 2015-17 Empire State Fellow, one of 10 professionals selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo as “the next generation of New York State policymakers.”
The highly prestigious, two-year program recruits public and private sector professionals to work closely with senior administration officials and train as New York State government leaders. Several will be promoted to permanent senior-level positions after completing the program.
Fellows were chosen for their “superior academic and professional credentials, strong interest in public service, and substantial accomplishments,” according to program materials.
Ferreira began her career as a New York City Teaching Fellow, working with school districts as a teacher, staff developer, and data specialist. Committed to closing the achievement gap, she also worked for Summer on the Hill, an enrichment program for promising, low-income students from the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem; the I Have a Dream Foundation, which works to motivate and empower children living in low-income communities; and Alianza Dominicana’s Summer Youth Employment programs, which promotes community development.
More recently, Ferreira was a research assistant at the GC’s Research Institute for the Study of Languages in Urban Settings (RISLUS), where she helped develop and administer diagnostic tools to assess English proficiency levels of immigrant Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE).
She also served as a lead for strategic planning and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and presented at the National Association for Independent Schools and the National Dominican Student Conference at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Ferreira received her B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and her M.S. Ed. from the City College of New York. In recent years, she taught at CUNY Lehman and Teachers College. She speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese and was born and raised in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. 

Submitted on: OCT 29, 2015

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