Mariette Bates

Academic Director, Disability Studies


119 W 31st St.
2nd Floor, 206-B
New York, NY 10001

Phone: (646) 664-8580

Fax: (646) 664-8723

Mariette J. Bates, Academic Director of Disability Studies programs at CUNY SPS since 2009, began her career as the program director of One to One, the foundation created by Geraldo Rivera after his exposé of Willowbrook State School. From 1983 to 2008 she was vice president of the Maidstone Foundation, where she worked with over 600 parents’ groups and emerging community organizations, specializing in systems change advocacy for underserved populations and strategic planning, board development and fundraising. 

Mariette is a graduate of Empire State College, the Columbia University Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, and the Union Institute, where she was awarded her doctorate in philanthropy and developmental disabilities. She has received the Sussman Dissertation Prize, Outstanding Alumna awards from Empire State College and the Union Institute, several leadership awards from parents’ groups and the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, and the 2007 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the City College Center for Worker Education.  She serves on several local and national non-profit boards of directors.

Recent News

CUNY Disability Awareness Month 2021

CUNY Disability Awareness Month 2021 Honored With Service and Scholarship

April 13, 2021

CUNY SPS is celebrating CUNY Disability Awareness Month, a University-wide observance that seeks to recognize disability culture and share CUNY’s continued commitment to equal...

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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies Releases 2nd Issue

February 17, 2021

The Journal of Teaching Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal edited by the CUNY SPS disability studies program, published its second issue.

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CUNY SPS Disability Studies Student Wins Scholarship

October 28, 2020

The School welcomes news that Nia Williams, a rehabilitation professional attending the MS in disability studies program, has been awarded the 2020 Marge A. Tierney Memorial...

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CUNY SPS Honors Disability Pride Month and 30th ADA Anniversary

July 07, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to commemorate Disability Pride Month, an annual observance in July designed to recognize and celebrate all people with...