Amaury Muñoz ~ A "Fortunate" Young Man
By Greta Petry
Amaury Muñoz is “passionate” about
public policy and political science.
The junior from Brentwood, N.Y.,
knew UAlbany, with its location in
New York’s capital, was the ideal
place “to pursue my political ambitions.
The University offers opportunities
no other college in the state
can match: the endless number of
As an intern in Gov. Andrew
Cuomo’s Office of Regional Affairs,
Muñoz researches matters affecting
localities and towns; he also writes a
brief updating the governor and other
officials on important issues. One
highlight of his internship experience
was attending a press conference
announcing a $4.4 billion investment
by an international technology group
to develop next-generation computer
chip technology in New York State.
Another was meeting Cuomo,
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, former President
Bill Clinton, and Albany Mayor
Gerald D. Jennings at a reception at
the governor’s mansion.
Both experiences were “humbling,”
notes Muñoz, who came to the
U.S. from the Dominican Republic
with his family at age 15. “They made
me realize how fortunate I am to have
Raven Profit ~ Role Model
By Michael Parker
Raven Profit was thrust into the foster care system at 15 when her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
While an aunt eventually gained custody of the Queens, N.Y., native and her brother, Profit’s
experience with the system made her determined to assist other foster children. The UAlbany junior
now attends seminars year-round, explaining to youngsters in foster care the benefits available to them
and coaching them on career and life skills.
Recalls Profit, who majors in human biology and
women’s studies: “I was blessed to have a great
support system and access to a lot of programs. I
know how vital they are to children in foster care.”
Profit plans to pursue a medical degree so that
she can provide affordable health care to the disadvantaged.