Opportunity Programs


Phyllis A.H. Breland
315-859-4912 (fax)

Meet Students from the Class of 2013

Athina Chartelain '13

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Communication,  Minor: Education & Hispanic Studies

Activities: Former secretary of The Black and Latino Student Union, Communication Coordinator for  The Young People's Project, Christian Fellowship, Feminist of Color Collective, Sustah Girl, RA for Residential Life, Volunteer in Patient Advocacy at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Utica, Student Activities, Student Manager for Bristol Center, Project Shine, Diversity Overnight Recruitment Intern,  Academic Junior Year Study abroad in Madrid, Spain, Admissions Intern

"Think of the Opportunity Programs as a law firm and the wonderful ladies who work in it as lawyers: they advise and represents its clients (us students). Ms. Breland and Mrs. Davis advise us of our responsibilities as students and on making the most of our Hamilton experience. Mrs. Murphy helps us find opportunities for internships and scholarships, which we probably would not find on our own, and Mrs. Peckingham just pecks her way to find the best financial aid package for us. In essence these amazing women are our advocates: they fight for, support, and defends us. I am privileged and blessed to be apart of this program.  For me, the seeds have been planted, and  I am sowing the field. One day, I will reap the harvest. All thanks to these  dedicated and wonderful people who support me and have helped me build my foundation for everything great to come."

Redwan Saleh '13

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Major: Government, Minor: History

Activities: Current president of the Muslim Student Association, Brothers Organization member, South Asian Student Association (SASA) member, Oral Communications Tutor, Sadove/Student Activities Student Monitor, and intramural soccer, Admissions Intern.

"The Opportunity Programs is a total support center. Whether we need a little bit of academic guidance, moral and social confidence, or simply a break to release some college related tensions----we come to the HEOP office. All the wonderful women in the office believe in me, give me confidence and a higher goal to strive to in college. With their prayers and unimaginable support, I have hope that I can make the future at least a bit more brighter."

Galia Slayen '13

Hometown: Portland, OR

Majors: Chinese and Government

Activities: Coordinator of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, COOP intern, Class of 1979 Travel Award Recipient to Guatemala, Kirkland Scholar,Travel abroad to China, Semester in DC program

" Opportunity Programs not only provides new students a foundation to grow from, but also becomes your family and support through the ups and downs of your college career."

Debbie Chen '13

Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Creative Writing, Minor: Math and Art

Activities: HAVOC Site Coordinator/Co-Founder of Art at Johnson Park Center, College Math Literacy Worker through the Young People’s Project, Copy-Editor for The Spectator, Academic Center for Excellence Supervisor, Student Worker for the English Department and Diversity and Social Justice Project, Member of Sustah Girls, Performer in Believe in Broadway, Junior Semester Abroad at University College London, Summer Program Math Tutor, Participant in HamiltonExplore

"I cannot imagine life at Hamilton without the support of the Opportunity Programs staff. The staff works tirelessly to ensure we reach our highest potential by helping us develop skills we never knew we possessed. With the staff’s guidance, I have achieved so much, both academically and personally, at Hamilton and beyond."

Xiang Wang '13

Hometown: Flushing, NY
Major: Economics

Activities: Resident Advisor, Peer Tutor in Oral Communications Center, Member of photography club, equestrian team and intramural soccer.Study Abroad in  Sweden and Denmark. Intern in U.S. House of Representative Gary Ackerman's office

"This Opportunity Program at Hamilton is not only an amazing organization, but it is also my family. Everyone in this group respects, loves and helps each other. Our HEOP staffers are my advisors and my friends. They work hard every single day to make sure their students become better people in the future. This office is so supportive and thoughtful that I do not think I can enjoy myself so much without them. More importantly, the lifetime bonds we create with each other during our college careers will always hold us as a whole wherever we go."