February 14, 2011 | CUNY Matters
CUNY Praised for Helping 2010 Census Add Up to Success
CUNY played a significant role in the U.S. Census Bureau’s massive effort to complete its 2010 New York City count. The University provided facilities in the five boroughs, 17 sites in all, to help the Census Bureau recruit and train students, staff and community members for its biggest operation: going door-to-door to count households that failed to respond to mailed forms.
In all, the bureau used the CUNY sites to test 15,000 prospective census workers and train the 1,300 who were hired. Those workers were among thousands whose job it was to go out with questionnaires and locate the more than 1.3 million New Yorkers who did not send in their census forms.
“We reached out to many organizations to help us in this endeavor, and CUNY always was at the forefront in helping the Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count,” Patricia A. Valle, an assistant regional census manager who oversaw the bureau’s partnership with the University, wrote to CUNY officials after the census was completed in the fall. “Without your continued help, we would not have been able to test and train the thousands of people who came forward to be a part of this tremendous undertaking.”
The response among students was strong on many campuses, and CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson called the partnership a win-win: Students found employment to help them pay for school, the Census Bureau got needed help in completing its daunting task and the city and state will benefit from an accurate count, which will ensure fair shares of federal funding. Hershenson noted that the diversity of the University’s student population — 205 countries are represented on CUNY campuses — made it uniquely capable of helping the Census Bureau find and count the city’s equally diverse population.
“CUNY really came through for us,” says Valle of the Census Bureau. “We’re the federal government, but we’re poor — imagine if we had to pay for all those facilities? We really can’t thank CUNY enough for donating the space and for the help they gave us throughout.”
York Alumna Will Lead Bronx Community College
Carole M. Berotte Joseph, a 1971 graduate of York College who became the nation’s first Haitian-American college president in 2005, will become the new president of Bronx Community College in July, succeeding Carolyn Williams.
Berotte Joseph returns to CUNY after five years as president of MassBay Community College near Boston. She had previously served as dean of academic affairs at Dutchess Community College and as vice president for academic affairs at Hostos Community College.
Born in Port au Prince, Haiti, Berotte Joseph emigrated to Brooklyn with her family when she was 8. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at York, a master’s in education at Fordham University and a doctorate in sociolinguistics and bilingual education from New York University. At MassBay, she has received attention for her international and multicultural approach. In today’s society, she recently told Color magazine, “people really need to understand what other people are doing, how they live, how they think. I think it just enriches your perspective.
Attorney Judah Gribetz Rejoins CUNY Board
Judah Gribetz, a New York attorney who has advised governments, corporations and individuals during a career that has spanned more than 45 years, has rejoined the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Gribetz, who served as a CUNY trustee from 1980 to 1989, replaces Marc Shaw, who resigned his seat on the board when he became the University’s senior vice chancellor for budget, finance and fiscal policy in the fall.
Gribetz, a member of the worldwide Bingham law firm, has spent much of his career in government. A graduate of Columbia University and its law school, he served as counsel to Gov. Hugh Carey after holding posts in the mayoral administrations of Robert Wagner, John Lindsay and Abraham Beame. He serves as the court-appointed special master in federal litigation over the distribution of a $1.25 billion settlement of Nazi-era Swiss bank accounts. Gribetz’s legal practice includes real estate and administrative law and general commercial litigation.
John Jay’s Anthony Carpi Wins Presidential Award
Anthony Carpi, a professor of environmental toxicology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, traveled to Washington in late January to accept a presidential award at the White House for mentoring.
Carpi was one of 11 individuals and four organizations to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He was nominated by John Jay and selected by the National Science Foundation, primarily for creating a program that arranges for forensic science majors to work on research projects with faculty members. Carpi started the program, called PRISM (Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors) in 2006, and several participants have won awards for their work.
During the awards ceremony at the White House, President Obama praised the recipients for going “above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the United States remains on the cutting edge of science and engineering” — a principal theme of his State of the Union message two days earlier. The presidential honor includes a $10,000 award for recipients to further their mentoring work.
Said Carpi: “The real reward is knowing that the mentoring programs we’ve created have provided the support and resources that our students need to reach their full potential.”