Rebecca Bruckenstein ’12
Rebecca Bruckenstein ’12 graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Drama Studies and Journalism. As a student at SUNY Purchase College she participated in multiple theatre productions, was president of SUNY Purchase Hillel from 2010 to 2012, and worked in the Parking and Transportation Office on campus. She participated and attended many popular events on campus.
After graduation, Rebecca continued to be active in SUNY Purchase Hillel while living in White Plains, NY and working retail. As a volunteer she worked on a NYC 2013 Mayoral Campaign and in 2014 was hired as a consultant on Mayor DeBlasio’s Pre-K For All Initiative where she was a part of the inaugural team that enrolled 50,000 plus 4 years olds in year 1 and over 60,000 in year 2.
In Fall of 2014 Rebecca returned to school to earn a Master’s degree at the University of Bridgeport in Global Development and Peace. In Spring 2016, she graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 in graduate study; her thesis topic was on the Arab/Israeli conflict and bringing peace through theatre arts and working with youth to create a sustainable vision for peace. As a student at UB she always found a Purchase connection, a bio graduate of Purchase studying East Asian studies or the director of career development who used to work at Purchase. Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Bridgeport in the Criminal Justice and Human Security department, as well as a Learning Specialist with a focus on writing consultation at the campus Tutoring and Learning Center. She believes in giving back to places that helped form who she is and is looking forward to helping the SUNY Purchase Alumni Association grow.