Bien Naomi Pocorni
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Hostos Emerging Leaders Program
Bien Naomi Pocorni was born in Suriname, South America in 1988. She and her parents moved to Holland three years later and Bien grew up there and studied in Rotterdam at Caland Lyceum. She had hoped to study medicine in her country, but discovered that there were more significant and exciting opportunities available to her in the United States, so in 2006 she travelled by herself to the United States and began her college career at Hostos Community College in the spring of 2007.
In her first semester at the college, began became a leader (Secretary) in the Asian Club, which provided Hostos Community College with a wide variety of entertaining cultural programming. She later became Vice President of that organization and also served as the President of the Arts Club for a year. Soon after, Bien became a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy as part of the brand new Emerging Leaders Program, where she became a leader in providing volunteer service to the local community. Bien has participated in community service activities at Isabella Geriatric Facility, POTS Soup Kitchen, AIDS Walk NYC, the 9-11 National Day of Service, the Hueman Bookstore, Kings Harbor Multi-Care Center, Tree Planting in St. Mary’s Park, Feeding NYC Thanksgiving meals packing at Chelsea Piers and a variety of others. She has given nearly 400 hours of her time to serving the community.
Bien has also served as a member of the 2009-2010 Hostos Student Government Association at the Commissioner for Campus Affairs. In her position, she served as part of the Hostos Association Committee and had a seat as a member of the College Wide Senate. Bien has attended a variety of Leadership themed conferences; including, The CUNY Women’s Leadership Conference in 2008 and 2009, The CUNY Emerging Leaders Conference in 2009, The 2009 CUNY Leadership Challenge Conference, The LaGuardia Leadership Conference in 2009 and 2010, The College of Staten Island Leadership Conference in 2009, The Black, Puerto Rican and Asian Caucus Conference in Albany (in 2009 and 2010), and the Somos El Futuro Conference in 2010.
Bien participated in the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Annual Open Forum Debate in both 2009 and 2010 and successfully debated on the topics of Plato’s Apology and Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus. Bien is an aspiring artist and musician. She loves languages and has found a home community away from home here as a part of the Hostos family.