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At-Large Steering Officer, Student Association
Leonard Blades is a CUNY alumnus of Brooklyn College with a B.A in Psychology and a recent graduate of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) with his Master's Degree in Disability Services in Higher Education.
As a graduate student at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS), he was elected to serve four consecutive terms on Student Association, founded the SPS Abilities and Resources Committee (now known as Disability and Access Coalition) that serves and represents the SPS disability community. In addition, he has served consecutive terms as both the Chairman for the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD), the university wide-group that represents the more than 11,000 students with disabilities in CUNY and as the Vice Chair of Disability Affairs for CUNY’s University Student Senate (USS), the student body that represents CUNY’s more than 500,000 students.
Today, Leonard serves as the CUNY LEADS Plus Advisor at Queensborough Community College within their Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office working with neurodiverse students in providing services to support their academic success and to prep them for career readiness. He is also a returning student to SPS pursuing the advance certificate in disability studies. His motto in life is that while you may encounter defeat, you should never truly feel defeated.