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Services_WorkshopsDr. Cantarella has given numerous workshops for students in programs and institutions ranging from Hunter and Bergen County Community College to Futures and Options, A Better Chance, Prep for Prep, SEO, and Eagle Academy to name a few. The focus is typically for students to understand how to use the college experience to achieve their ultimate goal of professional success. However, themes like leadership, study skills and time management are also often requested. Each is customized for the program and institutional goals as well as the needs of the audience. A focus has been on the most at risk students: first generation, low-income, minority and males. Workshops have also been given for those working with the targeted population of most at risk students and can be customized as appropriate as was done for the Mid Career Fellowship Program through the McGraw Center at Princeton University, CACNY (College Access Consortium of NY) and also through Prep for Prep’s professional development series.

Workshops and presentations designed with your students in mind.

Hi Marcia, this is Ericka from Futures and Options and I just wanted to say thank you for speaking at our workshop yesterday. It was a very informative and thought provoking session. It made me realize that I should not be so focused on the majors that I have at the moment but concentrate on my passions. Which in turn will help me figure out my career path. Thank you once again for your time and have a lovely day.
Sincerely, Ericka


Srevices_ConsultationDr. Cantarella has taken on a range of consulting assignments which have ranged from organizing and co-directing the CUNY Hunter College Black Male Initiative to helping the Advertising industry’s One Club for Art and Copy to create an innovative “Creative Boot Camp” to increase the diversity of young people entering the advertising industry. Guidance to leaders, strategic planning and development of student centered programs and materials are all part of her portfolio.

Assistance is there for you to create programs advancing student success.


While at MCNY, Marcia created the framework for positive organizational change, instituting communication and assessment processes that overcame individual fiefdoms and led to the successful execution of strategic plans in a number of mission-critical areas. She creatively integrated the College’s people, strategies and operations in a student-centered way.
Ed Gillen, (former) Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)


(Author of I CAN Finish College,) Marcia Cantarella can offer coaching services especially to those who are just finishing college and launching into their careers or those who have started down the career path after college and are still trying to find their way in the work place and toward their own goals and objectives. Having spent many years in the corporate world as well as higher education administration, earned a doctorate focused on work and leadership, and guided many, many students and young adults in their career journeys from their undergraduate years to well beyond, Marcia Cantarella is also trained as a coach to support you in your journey.

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One of the most impressive traits that I admire about you is that you never provided me with a direct answer or path. You allowed me to find my own answers and follow my own path while listening to my priorities and how they may be addressed. We had and continue to have a collaborative approach to problem solving. I learned recently that in order to be a good problem solver, one should break down large problems into smaller, more manageable ones. This is something you helped me do when I was working too much, taking too many credits, and really not balancing my life well. You helped provide alternatives for me to reach my goals while reducing my stress.

Another and probably the most amazing quality is your ability to listen. Anytime I have reached out, in person, by phone, by email, you have listened with intent, focus, and have made me feel heard. The guidance you’ve provided me has been a direct product of your listening to my needs, my goals, and my gripes! Even when I rambled due to my own insecurity and anxiety, you never judged, you listened. You have such a way with making me feel comfortable in your presence that I never felt like there was anything I couldn’t run by you.

Another quality that clearly shows in your character is that you truly care for others’ improvement and advancement. You always helped me strive for more, helped me tap into potential that I never saw in myself. You have an uncanny ability to help students develop that insight about their strengths, which I often struggled with. The excitement and enthusiasm that you brought to each of our interactions made me want to do better, achieve more. It is truly contagious!



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The advertising industry has struggled to increase the diversity within its ranks for many years. Realizing that many young people of color had no idea of what takes place in the creation of advertising Dr. Cantarella worked with the One Club for Art and Copy to produce a Creative Bootcamp for CUNY students during the winter session where students had a chance to work competitively in the creation of advertising campaigns for actual agencies and their clients in a very compressed time frame. They were given not only exposure to the processes but equally important met people from many agencies and built both skills and networks.


First generation students often struggle to help families understand the nature of their academic work. Those students who have the potential to go the distance in achievement of doctorates and high academic honors especially have a hard time showing how their work has high value. Dr. Cantarella at Hunter College created an event for families of 60 of these students on a weekend where the families were told that their students were being honored for their successes. At a brunch the families saw poster presentations and heard from faculty and others of similar backgrounds what rich lives these up and coming scholars had ahead of them.

I believe that education—indeed lifelong learning—is essential to both personal fulfillment and as a tool for change.
Dr Marcia Cantarella