Ferentz Lafargue is a writer, educator and consultant with nearly twenty years of experience in secondary and higher ed institutions. His primary areas of consultation are diversity and equity; student recruitment and retention; and approaches to improving student success.
Ferentz is also a memoirist (author of 2007’s Songs in the Key of My Life) and an essayist often exploring New York and national politics and culture, Haiti’s diaspora, social media, and community outreach.
Ferentz’s writing has appeared in the following venues 215mag, Americas Quarterly, The Huffington Post, Next American City, Social Science Research Council and Social Text: Periscope. His essays have also appeared in print publications Starting With I (Persea Books, 1997) and Strong Teens, Strong Neighborhoods (2007), and the inaugural issue of Bronx Biannual (Akashic Books 2006).
His work outside academia also extends into ventures as varied as District Marketing. From 2007-2009 Ferentz served as Director of the organization Nostrand Park which was devoted to promoting small businesses and the arts along the Nostrand Avenue Corridor in Crown Heights.
Prior to completing his PhD in African American and American Studies at Yale University, Ferentz earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and English at Queens College, CUNY. The list of colleges and universities where he has either delivered presentations or served on staff include, The Catholic University of America, Dartmouth College, Eugene Lang College, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Riverside, and Williams College.