Alumni Profile: Donell Harvin

In 1985, Donell Harvin entered CAS-Carrera. At 13 years old, Donell’s window of opportunity was closing fast. He was a junior high special education student in Central Harlem, and – by his own admission -- was likely to remain a special education student in high school. His dismal academic prospects and the surround of substance abuse and violence in his community predicted a dim future. Fortunately, Donell’s mother strongly believed in her son’s potential and encouraged Donell to participate in CAS-Carrera. Even when he gave up on high school, CAS-Carrera did not give up on him. With the support of a team of caring, trusted CAS-Carrera professionals, Donell earned his GED and opened himself to the possibility of achieving an adulthood far beyond his initial prospects. He attended and graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York and began a personal and professional development track which continues today.

Currently, Donell Harvin is the Deputy Director of Special Operations in the Division of the New York City Medical Examiner’s Officer. He holds a Masters in Public Health in Environmental Science, a Masters in Public Administration in Emergency Management and a MA certificate in Terrorism Studies. He is finishing his second semester for his Doctorate in Public Health at SUNY Downstate and has co-authored an EMS Operations textbook. Donell serves as an adjunct professor at John Jay College, where he is a research fellow for the Center on Terrorism Studies, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Emergency Response Studies. He and his wife, who is studying for an advanced medical degree, are proud parents of four girls. Through his achievements, Donell has become a role model for thousands of other CAS-Carrera participants and is living a rich, rewarding family life as a taxpaying citizen not a tax burden.