Leonese NelsonDr. Leonese Nelson
Program Director, STEP and CSTEP

Prior to joining the CSTEP staff in the Spring of 2011, Dr. Nelson served as the Program Director of the Syracuse University Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) for grades 7-12 since 2005, and has worked with STEP for over a decade. Her new position calls for her to serve as the Program Director for both the STEP and CSTEP programs. Dr. Nelson, who holds an appointment as an Assistant Research Professor of Teaching and Leadership in the School of Education, has a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and B.S. in Political Science from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.  Dr. Nelson chairs the New York State annual statewide student conferences for STEP and CSTEP, which recognize over 625 participants from 40 institutions to each respective event. She additionally serves on the Broad of Trustee for the Southside Academy Charter School.



ErnestErnest Daily
Coordinator of Research and Academic Services

Ernest comes to Syracuse University after serving the students of Colgate University as Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. While at Colgate, Ernest supported many pro-student causes that established him as a consistent resource for students and social justice. Ernest’s no-nonsense leadership style encourages students to push beyond limitations in order to truly accomplish their goals. Ernest Daily attended East Carolina University as an undergraduate and graduate student in addition to working at the institution upon graduation in the offices of Undergraduate Admission, Orientation, Student Activities and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.




Steffon-Gray_CSTEPSteffon Gray:
Academic Consultant

Steffon comes to Syracuse from Loyola University New Orleans where he completed his B.S. in Mathematics. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Public and International Affairs in the Maxwell l School where he is a candidate to receive his MPA in summer 2013. Steffon is responsible for advising a caseload of undergraduate students in addition to coordinating the ARISE Academy meetings, events, and admissions. Steffon takes a practical approach to helping students realize and reach their potentials and maintains an open-door policy to all who may need assistance..







Peter M. Harding:
Academic Consultant

Peter comes to Syracuse University after serving the students of Brooklyn Friends School as a Substitute and an Afterschool Teacher. Peter is a new additional to Syracuse University grad school, where he will be majoring in Higher Education with concentration of Administration. Peter attended Curry College as an undergraduate where he had several of jobs working closely with undergraduate students, such as being a Resident Assistant. Besides having a huge work experience working with undergraduate students, he was also was very involved in numerous clubs and organizations on campus, from being the Vice President of the Student Government Association to President of Campus Activity Board. With having his numerous involvements on a college campus and being a strong believer of the open-door policy he feels that he will be a superb mentor for undergraduate students to come to speak him about anything.