Meet The UMI Team!

Meet The UMI Team!


Meet the UMI Team: from left, Yuleisy M. Audain, Sean Serrano, Maria Vidal, and Angelie Chaljub.

Maria E. Vidal
Room L.73.01 NB

Maria E. Vidal oversees the Peer Advocates mentoring program, advisory board, and the daily functions of the office and all program activities. Her professional experience includes coordinating the first two cohorts of the Peer Ambassador Program under the Division of Student Affairs. She has earned both her Master's Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Maria has presented at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) and NASPA Region II. Maria has been recognized for her work with the Urban Male Initiative, as she was named one of El Diario La Prensa's Mujeres Destacadas in 2015. Maria is also a proud "fur-mom" of a rescue German Shepherd/Chow named Beba! Maria can be contacted at for any questions/concerns.


Yuleisy M. Audain

Marketing & Communications and Peer Advocates Assistant

Room L.74.02 NB  

Yuleisy Michel Audain is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, originally from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. In the spring of 2016, she received  Bachelors in English with a minor in both Film Studies and Theater Arts at John Jay College. During her time at John Jay, she worked with Lloyd Sealy Library as a Lab technician, Peer Advocate mentor with the Urban Male Initiative and has been part of many clubs on campus such as Campus Activity Board. She has interned for the Broadway League in the Education and Engagement Department, which creates and supports Broadway industry education and community engagement programs for live theater. She has also interned with John Jay's Office of Video Production Services. She Co-Facilitates Sistah Circle where young women of color to express their thoughts and feelings about prominent topics in a safe environment. Yuleisy is passionate about film with the goal becoming a film director and owning her own production company, where she would like to help underrepresented students become more involved in the arts/film. Yuleisy can be contacted at for any questions or concerns.


Manuel Castillo

Social Media Assistant 

L.74.02 NB

Manuel Castillo is a Junior at John Jay College. He is a sociology major with a minor in Theater Arts. From the Bronx, he is an advocate of education, especially in areas where education is not promoted. His passion is to work within his community and provide and better the advances in education. Manuel can be contacted at  for any other questions/concerns.

Jasmine J. Gayle
Peer Tutoring Assistant
Room L.73.01 NB

In Summer 2016, Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Sociology from Queens College (CUNY). She is now a first-year graduate school student at John Jay who is majoring in forensic science. Her passion is to become a ballistics expert and use forensic science to help promote a safer society. As an undergraduate student at Queens College, Jasmine was a part of the Black Male Initiative Program at a mentee, then a peer mentor at her campus. She has recruited many students to join the program and now she is at John Jay continuing to impact lives through the Urban Male Initiative program. Jasmine can be contacted at for additional questions/concerns.