Associate Professor and Academic Director, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Regina A. Bernard-Carreno was born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. She is a graduating pioneer of the MA in African American Studies at Columbia University and also holds several other graduate degrees, including a PhD from CUNY’s Graduate and University Center. Dr. Bernard-Carreno's research focuses on race, class, food inequalities, narratives of women of color's wellness, and engaged activism among NYC's youth. She is the author of three books on education, young women of color and feminism, and Black Studies. She has also published articles in the Journal of Pan African Studies, Small Farms Quarterly, Breathe Magazine UK, Inside Higher Education, and Audubon Magazine, among other publications.
Dr. Bernard-Carreno joined CUNY SPS from Baruch College in 2021 and helped to build the online BA in Youth Studies degree.
Currently, Dr. Bernard-Carreno is at work on a new scholarly project about women of color and wellness.
Social Practice CUNY
CUNY SPS Associate Professor and Academic Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Regina Bernard was recently named as a faculty fellow in the SPCUNY educational network. The SPCUNY educational network amplifies the collective power of socially engaged artists, scholars, and advocates throughout CUNY's rich tapestry of faculty, staff, and students working for social justice. Based at the CUNY Graduate Center, SPCUNY’s theory of educational transformation fosters structures for diverse creative leaders who will empower New York City as an inclusive, justice-driven cultural landscape. This initiative is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CUNY Office of Research
Dr. Regina A. Bernard-Carreno, associate professor in the CUNY SPS youth studies program, is one of several researchers who have been awarded the CUNY 2023 Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IRG). Offered by the CUNY Office of Research, this grant funds projects that join expertise across disciplines and stipulate a clear path to expansion and new external funding. Dr. Bernard-Carreno will collaborate with Anna Ortega-Williams from Hunter College on “NYC Land-Based Historical Trauma Healing Project,” which will look at how gardens and urban farms affect the well-being of youth of color in the context of historical trauma and structural racism. Dr. MacLachlan, director of grants and research programs for the CUNY Office of Research, is also a student in the CUNY SPS MS in Research Administration and Compliance program.
Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative (BRESI)
Youth studies associate professor Dr. Regina Bernard-Carreño has been awarded the CUNY BRESI (Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative) grant. Dr. Bernard-Carreño's proposal, The Podcast & Anthology Project, will bring awareness to difficult conversations of racism and social injustice(s) across the US and the world. The project will bring together experts in the field with members of the public to talk in an open, safe environment about these issues while offering a creative space to reflect upon these conversations.
This innovative program was developed by MA Youth Studies alum and faculty in collaboration with city agencies and non-profits.