Stephanie Gilman is the founder and director of Freedom Prep. She started at CUNY in 2013 as a Program Developer implementing college and career readiness programs at the Early College Initiative and in 2017 became Senior Manager of Youth Development and School Culture for ECI. Prior to that, she was the NY Regional Manager for buildOn, a national nonprofit organization that provides urban teens with intensive local and global community service opportunities where she oversaw service, leadership development and education programs in 24 NYC public schools. From 2016-18 she taught at Rikers Island and Crossroads Juvenile Detention with Drama Club, an organization that provides theatre programming to incarcerated young people. She has presented on education for court-involved youth at the 14th Annual CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference, and at the 2019 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison. She was the co-founder and co-artistic director of Collision Theory, a non-profit theatre company and she taught acting at the New Actors Workshop, Bard College, and New York University. She is an approved mediator and coach with the NY Peace Institute and is a graduate of Oberlin College and the New Actors Workshop Conservatory.
Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Lindsey Foster is a Freedom Prep Instructor and Curriculum Developer for the program’s Bronx Community College cohort. She has been in this role since fall of 2019. In this capacity, she teaches and creates the curriculum for the Reading the Biography course. Prior to joining Freedom Prep, she taught various courses at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island. Lindsey has a BA from Howard University and a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Julianne Salazar is a Freedom Prep Instructor and Curriculum Developer for the program’s LaGuardia Community College cohort. Since 2019, Julianne has served as Program Director for LaGuardia Community College’s equal opportunity program, College Discovery. From 2011 – 2019, Julianne held multiple leadership roles within the CUNY college transition programs, CUNY Start & Math Start. She was a founding leader of the CUNY Start program at Kingsborough Community College before joining the University Office of Academic Affairs as Math Start Program Manager to help lead the expansion of the Math Start programs across New York City. Julianne returned to campus based work in 2017 when she was appointed Director of LaGuardia Community College’s CUNY Start & Math Start programs. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Julianne comes from a court impacted family and is the first person in her family to graduate from high-school. Julianne is a proud CUNY community college alumni and is deeply committed to public higher education.
Matriculation and Advisement Specialist
Danielle Whyte has joined CUNY Freedom Prep as the new Matriculation and Advisement specialist. Although new to the CUNY Freedom Prep program, Danielle has a long and rich history in the education field. Danielle worked for the NYC Department of Education in 2007 for eight years as a special education teacher, curriculum developer, individualized tutor, after-school facilitator, and mentor-teacher. Danielle then transitioned to working at the Fortune Society, a non-profit organization that offers reentry services to those with criminal legal system involvement. Danielle served as an educator, case manager, advisor, museum liaison and volunteer coordinator for programs. Additionally, Danielle held a leadership role at David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy and worked as a passionate and devoted advocate for criminal justice reform. Danielle has spoken as a panelist at Columbia University’s 2019 Beyond the Bars Conference, at the Youth Career Explorations Panel at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) in 2020, and myriad other social justice forums encouraging more equitable and fair systems for people with criminal legal system involvement. Danielle is a seasoned and dynamic instructor, advisor, and advocate. From a young age, Danielle knew education was her calling. Immigrating from the U.S. Virgin Islands then growing up in the South Bronx raised by a single mother, Danielle remembers how her own educational experiences felt like a safe haven and works to this day to foster profound and positive educational experiences in others. Danielle has a BA from SUNY Binghamton University and a MS in Urban Education from Mercy College.