Mariette Bates

Academic Director, Disability Studies


119 W 31st St.
2nd Floor, 206-B
New York, NY 10001

Phone: (646) 664-8580

Fax: (646) 664-8723

Mariette J. Bates, Academic Director of Disability Studies programs at CUNY SPS since 2009, began her career as the program director of One to One, the foundation created by Geraldo Rivera after his exposé of Willowbrook State School. From 1983 to 2008 she was vice president of the Maidstone Foundation, where she worked with over 600 parents’ groups and emerging community organizations, specializing in systems change advocacy for underserved populations and strategic planning, board development and fundraising. 

Mariette is a graduate of Empire State College, the Columbia University Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, and the Union Institute, where she was awarded her doctorate in philanthropy and developmental disabilities. She has received the Sussman Dissertation Prize, Outstanding Alumna awards from Empire State College and the Union Institute, several leadership awards from parents’ groups and the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, and the 2007 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the City College Center for Worker Education.  She serves on several local and national non-profit boards of directors.

Recent News

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CUNY SPS Honors Disability Pride Month and 30th ADA Anniversary

July 07, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to commemorate Disability Pride Month, an annual observance in July designed to recognize and celebrate all people with disabilities, with an event organized by the School’s Abilities and Resources Committee.

Urban Law Journal Symposium Explores Issues of Accessibility in Cities

March 02, 2020

Fordham Law News

Dr. Mariette Bates, Academic Director of the Disability Studies Program at CUNY SPS, is featured in Fordham Urban Law Journal’s Spring 2020 Symposium, which explores issues of accessibility in cities.
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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies to Launch in Fall 2019

March 11, 2019

In an effort to encourage community and advance instruction in the field of disability studies, Dr. Mariette Bates, Academic Director of Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, announced the publication of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies (JTDS).

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Dr. Mariette Bates Receives Distinguished Honor from Friends of Asha Niketan, Inc.

September 19, 2016

On Thursday, September 16, 2016, Friends of Asha Niketan held their annual luncheon during which time they honored Dr. Mariette Bates, academic director of the disability studies programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), for her contributions, leadership, and advocacy in academia and the human services field.