Meet the Staff
Michael A. Deas, L.M.S.W., Director
Mr. Deas was appointed Director of The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) at Lehman College in August of 2008. He continues to create an abundance of program awareness across the Lehman campus as well as other Black Male Initiative campuses. Always putting the needs of the student first, he has developed a program to strengthen academic skills, personal development and character enrichment.
Prior to Mr. Deas’ appointment as Director of the UMLP, he was the New York City Director of Social Work for the Administration for Children’s Services Juvenile Justice Initiative. He is an Adjunct Professor at Herbert H. Lehman College (African and African American Studies Department) and at The College of New Rochelle (Social Work Department). In 2006 he became the Recipient of the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award at Lehman College. Mr. Deas is a skilled orator, who has often delivered speeches at Lehman College’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy celebration.
Michael Deas, the director of Lehman’s Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) was recently honored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, as a leader who has made significant social and educational contributions to the city. Director Deas was recognized alongside luminaries such as former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, newly elected Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie, and keynote speaker, State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson. The recognition is part of the chamber’s African-American heritage celebration, an annual event honoring leading African-American men and women for their dedication to the community.
Michael Deas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lehman College and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Mr. Deas has a long history working in public and private agencies providing support and services for children and families. Additionally, he serves as a motivational speaker, and is a U.S. Army Disabled Veteran.
Alade S. McKen, M.S. Ed, Assistant Director
Since 2005, Alade S. McKen has worked on various initiatives and programs that have assist colleges and universities in student success. Mr. McKen examines the social foundations of education and culture within society and is interested in researching student success, race, social theory, youth studies, and community-based educational spaces, politics of education, community-school partnerships, critical pedagogy, urban education, critical ethnographic and qualitative methodologies. Mr. McKen has received his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and his M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs and has worked in higher education for over 10 years. He is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the School of Education at Iowa State University.