The University Student Senate (USS) has pursued an ambitious 2018-2019 academic year already. They began with their 31st Annual USS Leadership Retreat from Friday, August 17-19, 2018 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. During that time, the student delegates from across CUNY compiled a list of USS Legislative Priorities for the upcoming year: Student Activity Fee, Voter Registration, Democracy Day, Dreamers, Work Training Programs, MTA cards for Students, Investment in Opportunity Program, Disabled Students, Tuition Assistance, Scholarships for Middle Class Students (Excelsior), Full Funding for CUNY programs that help those in need (library, homelessness, food, child care), Free CUNY, Sexual misconduct, Capital funding, Transportation and access to it (shuttle service expansion), CUNY Assisted Health Care, TAP Reform and maintenance-of-effort (MOE). USS branding and marketing is another project they plan to pursue. Professor Hugo Fernandez and Professor Kimora attended the entire leadership conference. They presented a workshop on the University Faculty Senate and its role in collaboration with the University Student Senate. Most of the USS Legislative Priorities listed above seem to be of mutual interest to faculty governance and to the UFS.
The University Student Senate (USS) was founded in 1972 with the mission of preserving the accessibility, affordability, and excellence of higher education within the City of New York; the organization and its delegates are charged with protecting the rights of the roughly 500,000 CUNY students, furthering the cause of public education, and promoting the general welfare of its student constituents and the University. USS members serve on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committees as student representatives.
During the USS elections on Sunday, October 21, 2018, the following student members were elected to the USS Steering Committee for 2018-2019:
Chair-Harris Khan (City College), pictured above
Vice Chair of Legislative Affairs-Zunera Ahmed (Brooklyn College)
Vice Chair of Fiscal Affairs-Razieh Arabi (Baruch College)
Vice Chair of Graduate Student Affairs –Roderick Hurley (Grad Center)
Vice Chair of Senior College Affairs-Farbod Moghadam (Queens College)
Vice Chair of Community College Affairs-Latasha Lee (Bronx Community College)
Vice Chair of Evening and Part-time Affairs-Daisy Flores (Lehman College)
Vice Chair of Disabled Student Affairs-Leonard Blades (School of Professional Studies)
Vice Chair of International Student Affairs-Greshawna Clement (Medgar Evers College)
Vice Chair of Technology Fee Affairs-Michael Betancourt (Queensborough Community College).
Kimora is a full adjunct professor in the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department and is core faculty in the Master’s Program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. She serves on the University Faculty Senate Executive Committee and is a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.