What makes us special? “Being a public university in New York with a majority population of students of color gives CUNY a very, very special mission in the context of American life, something that most other universities do not share,” says Zujaja Tauqeer, who started at Brooklyn College and Macaulay Honors College, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, England, and is now at Harvard Medical School. “In the grand scheme of American life, it is very unique…What a privileged experience it is to be a New Yorker and go to a university with the kind of student population we have.”
Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Margo Jefferson talks about her memoir on growing up in an upper middle class black family in Chicago, a place she calls “Negroland.” “I wanted to record a particular way of living as a person of color…that sense that we were bordered on one side by the larger world of blacks, on the other side by white people,” Jefferson said. In conversation with Hunter College professor Karen Hunter, Jefferson delves into pressures on the black elite to look, speak, and act in a way that would be acceptable to whites.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research, November 2, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, November 2, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, November 2, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, November 2, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, November 2, 2015.
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 2, 2015.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg put himself in charge of NYC public schools, and Bill de Blasio has continued mayoral control, but is that the best thing for students? Public Advocate Letitia James co-hosted a group of experts at CUNY School of Law to discuss it. She said parents citywide feel the school system doesn’t hear their concerns, and the group discussed how to improve the system.
Chancellor Milliken restated his commitment to obtaining a fair contract for faculty and staff. The Chancellor also announced $20 million in performance funds from the state budget that will be allocated for new academic initiatives being developed by the colleges. In addition, the Chancellor said city funding that will allow a significant expansion of CUNY’s successful programs, ASAP and CUNY START, and $17 million in merit scholarships for students.