On Monday, we hosted the annual CUNY Board of Trustees borough hearing, where we
hosted several members of the Chancellery and a comparable number of Trustees, some of
whom toured our campus, saw its challenges, and commented on its potential. We also
listened to testimony from several dozen speakers who advocated for increased funding for the
system and our campus, expressed gratitude for recent infusions of Congressional support, and
shared their concerns about ongoing delays with contract negotiations. I appreciated the
candor of the conversations and will continue to work on behalf of our campus and the CUNY
system. That day also brought the welcome news that our Teacher’s Education Honors
Academy secured a grant for a total intended amount in excess of one million dollars to further
the transformative work that program does to educate and train future STEM teachers.
Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition of the important work that you are doing on
behalf of STEM education! The day also brought word of Professor Sarah Holmes
(Psychology) being named a recipient of the Henry Wasser Award for Outstanding Research
by an Associate Professor. Congratulations on your recognition by CUNY!

Tuesday saw a great workshop and training provided by the New York City Commission on
Human Rights “Understanding Muslim Experiences and Combating Anti-Muslim Bias,”
which fits well with our institutional commitment to celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion,
and centering equity. It was wonderful to see so many in attendance, and to hear firsthand
about the experiences of so many of our valued community members. More importantly, it
was great to learn strategies about how to recognize anti-Muslim racism, support Muslim
practices, and learn to be not just an ally but an advocate for justice and dignity. It was a
poignant lesson in how far we still need to move as a society, and as individuals. Stay tuned
for information about Upstander training coming to the campus in early May, which will teach
people to safely intervene when there is an act of bias and hate.

On Wednesday, the 500th anniversary of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s sailing into New York
Harbor (remember I am a maritime historian!), I attended the monthly Council of President’s
meeting where the agenda included discussions related to ongoing issues with financial aid
filing, efforts related to fundraising and advancement (including the inaugural “CUNY on the
Hill” event slated for early next month), and updates related to public safety, legal affairs, and
audit activity. It was a very full agenda but one that shed light on a number of very important
initiatives. That same day saw the U.S. News and World Report release its rankings of top
graduate programs nationwide, with CSI gaining recognition for its programs in Nursing and
Physical Therapy. Congratulations to all who make such accolades possible! We also hosted
the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office annual “Stand Up. Stop Bullying” event
which was very successful, and another example of how important the College is to the

Thursday was a busy day on campus and off. In addition to the monthly College Council and
Faculty Senate meetings, where we discussed the state of the campus and system budgets, we
also participated in Denim Day where the campus community wore denim to show solidarity
with sexual survivors and held our “Spring into Giving” annual benefit at the Richmond
County Country Club. Joined by 200 of our closest friends and supporters, we feted three
honorees: alumnus and President & CEO of Richmond University Medical Center Dr. Daniel
Messina; alumna and Executive Director of the National Lighthouse Museum Linda Dianto;
and Richmond County Public Administrator Edwina Martin. The evening demonstrated not
just how central CSI is to the local community, but how valuable we are as partners on Staten
Island, and how valued we are as integral members of the Borough. The event raised
awareness of the many good things we are doing here, and of the brightness of our future.
Many thanks to Interim Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Cheryl Adolph and
her team for their hard work in making this among our most successful fund-and-friend-
raising events.

The week ended with a meeting of the Institutional Planning Committee, where we discussed
our developing Strategic Plan, as well as curricular modifications related to Nursing and
Social Work. We also brainstormed about challenges related to transportation and
infrastructure, as well as campus culture and climate. To that last point, I hope that many of
you were able to enjoy this week’s full slate of “Spirit Week” festivities, including the carnival
(although I chickened out of participating in the dunk tank!), food trucks, athletic contests, and
a campus-wide door decorating contest. The week’s activities would not have been possible
but for the dedicated leadership of Carol Brower, who is retiring today from her position as
Director of Student Life after 30 years at CSI. Thank you, Carol, for all that you have done for
our campus and especially for our students, and good luck in whatever the future holds!

Next week brings our spring break and a hiatus from this message. I want to wish a joyful and
Happy Passover to all who celebrate, and to acknowledge that next week also marks
Administrative Professionals Day. We will be recognizing our colleagues in the Gittleson
titles with a small breakfast gathering on the 25th , as a gesture of gratitude for the work they do
each and every day. Thank you to all, especially, Rosemary Vitale!

Until next time,
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D. (he/him/his)