Resorts World New York Holds Virtual Commencement for Graduates of its Gumbo Coalition University


Marc Morial, President & CEO of The National Urban League, Presided Over the Ceremony


Queens, New YorkOn Friday, April 8th, Resorts World New York held a virtual commencement for the graduates of its rigorous six-week mentorship program, the Gumbo Coalition University, led by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and author of “The Gumbo Coalition.. The students underwent intensive lessons by esteemed leaders and entrepreneurs on leadership and team building aimed at helping them to become tomorrow’s leaders. Resorts World New York presented $500 scholarships to each student. Kevin JonesChief Strategy and Legal Officer of Resorts World New York, also announced students received a participation bonus of $1,000, totaling their scholarship to $1,500.

Resorts World is proud to offer tomorrow’s leaders the building blocks to lead efficiently and effectively. The Gumbo Coalition University allowed us to do our part to share keys to success and prepare the GCU graduates to thrive and build careers,” said Michelle Stoddart, the VP of Community Relations at Resorts World New York.

Graduates of the Gumbo Coalition featured students from various colleges and universities, including SUNY, CUNY, and several private schools across New York State. The graduates are:

  • Monette Bovell, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Cristie Cang, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Nicole Davis, Metropolitan College of New York
  • Terrence Echols, Marist College
  • Ronald Jean-Charles, Purchase College
  • Jaspreet Kaur, Pace University
  • Kaylin Moss, Marist College
  • Kimberly Tyre, Metropolitan College of New York

“Thank you for being a part of Gumbo. May your leadership not only survive but may your leadership thrive with great measure and great success. Don’t forget to lead. Lead with purpose. Lead with passion. Lead with conviction,” said Marc Morial, President and CEO of The National Urban League and author of “The Gumbo Coalition.

“My journey at the Gumbo Coalition University program has been extremely beautiful for me to cherish later. Not only have I cleared my fundamentals about leadership, but I also deepened my understanding of the how behind leadership. I feel proud to be a part of this community,” said Jaspreet Kaur, Pace University Student and Gumbo Coalition University Graduate.

The Gumbo Coalition graduation also featured speeches by GCU lecturers, including: Lavaille Lavette, President of One Street Publishing; Aswad Walker, Professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston; Silvia Mathis, Writer and Producer and CEO of Punkin Pictures; and Cedric Dew, Executive Director of Jamaica YMCA; and special appearances by: John Edwards, Executive Director of Metropolitan College of New York; and Desmond Murray, Associate Director for the Employer Experience for Marist College.


About Resorts World Casino New York City

Resorts World Casino New York City (RWCNYC) is the only casino in New York City, offering over 10 million guests annually an unparalleled gaming and entertainment experience while generating over $3 billion for the State’s education system since opening in 2011. RWCNYC is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, operating destination resorts in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, the United States and all four oceans through its Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises brands. Genting has more than 50 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 60,000 people while offering an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year worldwide.

About Resorts World Catskills

Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills (RWC) Casino Resort offers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino resort includes an 18-story all-suite hotel, and a casino featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons and a 100-seat sportsbook lounge. The casino resort also offers 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned golf course.