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October 2001

Campuses Mobilize After Terrorist Attack

CUNY's "Success Express" Highlights Grads
Freshman Enrollment Rises at CUNY
First Festival Presented by Gotham Center
CUNY TV enhances recruiting outreach
U.S. Cheers Poet Laureate: Prof. Billy Collins
A Dream of Food On Washington Mall
Navy League Award to Hunter Physicist
Nine Leading Scholars Named Distinguished Professors
Haitian First Lady, CCNY Alumna, Feted
Baruch College Opens Vertical Campus
Historic Matters
Baruch Center Confronts Quality of Urban Life
Hunter College Historian Communes with the Saints
A Displaced Person Discovers His Place on Campus
CUNY Students Vault into Poll Work
Double Play for CUNY Broadcasters
Haitian First Lady, CCNY Alumna, Fêted


haitian ladyFirst Lady of Haiti Mildred Trouillot Aristide, a 1984 City College alumna, received CUNY’s Humanitarian Leadership Award at a luncheon in her honor in June in the Board of Trustees Room. The award cited her “exemplary leadership and outstanding advocacy on behalf of economically disadvantaged children of Haiti and New York City.”

The First Lady, who had spoken earlier at a United Nations conference on AIDS, said, “the fight against AIDS must, both in theory and practice, be a fight against poverty. If you live in poverty, you are likely to be poorly educated, to be malnourished, to suffer gender inequality if you are a woman, to have less access to basic medicines and health care. And these are the conditions that facilitate the spread of HIV/AIDS.” She cited in particular the urgent need to fight AIDS and poverty in Haiti.

A roundtable discussion during the event on possible collaborations between CUNY and the government of Haiti included training health care workers, educating teachers and students, and modernizing police force training.

In a letter to the University sent after her return to Haiti, Aristide called the exchange “a wonderful opportunity to see how concretely we can move our work forward on a broad range of issues.” She also promised that “a significant collaboration benefitting both the people of Haiti and the students of CUNY” would be planned around the bicentennial anniversary of Haiti’s independence in 2004.

Mrs. Aristide graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in Urban Legal Studies in 1984 from City College, were she was president of the student government and an active member of the Haitian Student Association.

CUNY has 4,800 degree-credit students of Haitian descent, almost 58% of whom are woment. About three-quarters of those students are freshmen and sophomores, and the numbers grow larger every year.