Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

The Office of Student Life – Pluralism & Diversity invites the CSI community to celebrate Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. This month is celebrated from Wednesday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Oct. 15. We hope you will join us to learn and celebrate these diverse and wonderful communities.

Our first event is “Sur Latino en Tiempos de Intolerancia Racial” (Being Latino in Times of Racial Intolerance) on Thursday, Sept. 9. More information is available online.

Speaker: Dr. Oswaldo Estrada – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Estrada is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and a celebrated Peruvian-American author. He won the 2020 Premio de la Feria Internacional del Libro Latino at Tufts, and two of his books won Latino Book Awards in 2020. He will speak about being an immigrant writer, questions of identity, and will read from his work. The talk will be in Spanish. 

This program is in honor of Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month at CSI. It is co-sponsored by the Minor in Latin America, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies; the Department of World Languages and Literatures; and the Office of Student Life – Pluralism and Diversity.

For more information please contact Sarah.Pollack@csi.cuny.edu.  

If your department or student organization is planning an event to honor this month, please let us know by emailing Jeremiah.Jurkiewicz@csi.cuny.edu.

Stay tuned for more events.

By the Division of Student Affairs

Student Life Activities

The Office of Student Life welcomes all of our students to campus, especially the freshman class. We hope you’ll become a part of our campus community whether you come to the campus or attend online. Attend some of our great events in person and online to connect with your peers.

Learn more online.

By the Division of Student Affairs

Quiet Study Spaces, Modified Hybrid Learning Spaces, and Trainings

Rooms are available in 1L, 1P, 2N, 3N, 4N, 2S, and 3S that are designated for students who are on campus to participate in online learning. Details are online

Outdoor wireless has been enhanced for those who prefer to do online instruction outdoors or in their vehicles. Details of hot spot locations can be found online.

The campus has two different types of enhanced instructional technology, which will allow students to participate remotely in class activities. A Hyflex classroom as designed by CUNY has been created in 1L-220A and faculty who are teaching in that facility received training from CUNY this summer.

An additional 70 classrooms have been equipped with enhanced Hybrid technology, which will also allow students to participate remotely in on-campus instruction. The list of rooms with this technology can be found online and training session information will be coming soon. A video introducing this technology can be seen online

Thanks to our Information Technology division for these augmentations to our instructional technology. 

By Michael Parrish

New Campus Entry Process

As we welcome back our campus community, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the process that will take place regarding campus entry.

We will have both the main gate and D-gate (Forest Hill Road) open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. During peak hours, vehicles accessing the campus via Victory Boulevard will be directed to continue past the main gate booth to the three-way intersection to present their clearance pass to access the campus. Pedestrians walking onto the campus will present their pass to the officer at the walkway entrance. During off-peak hours, this process will take place at the main gate booth. The D-gate will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm, individuals entering from this gate will present their clearance pass prior to entry.

During the testing sites’ hours of operation, those who require a test will be directed to the site location in the Center for the Arts (1P) Art Gallery, short-term parking for testing is available in front of the building.

The Ferry Shuttle will continue its route from the Ferry Terminal to the campus. It will proceed directly to the front of 1P, where the verification of the clearance pass, testing appointments, and walk-in testing of individuals who are disembarking the bus will take place. The Loop Bus will pick-up just inside the main gate at the bus shelter. This bus will also proceed directly to 1P where all passengers will disembark and present their clearance pass.

Upon the opening of the St. George site, the clearance pass verification will take place at the reception desk. If COVID testing is required, individuals will need to complete the testing process at the 1P testing site or at another CUNY facility that is open for COVID testing.

Welcome back.

By Michael Lederhandler

35th Phi Beta Delta Honors Society for International Scholars Webinar Conference

Join us for the 35th Annual Phi Beta Delta Honors Society International Scholars Webinar Conference, Monday and Tuesday, May 24 and 25, 11:00am to 7:00pm EDT. The conference is titled Moving Forward: The Future of Collaboration in Our Diverse World and feature Keynote Speaker Christine Pope, Senior Network Director of Welcoming America.

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars will host a fully online conference for 2021 with research papers and poster presentations shared online. Presenters will discuss preferred methods in global teaching and learning from a diverse array of academic disciplines and global perspectives.

The CSI PBD Eta Lambda Chapter is providing free registration for PBD members and to members of the CSI community to this very special event, which also features presentations from CSI students and faculty. For login information, email pbd@csi.cuny.edu .

This is a CC CLUE event.

For conference information, please go online.  

By the Eta Lambda Chapter/CSI

Tenth Annual Lavender Graduation

The Tenth Annual Lavender Graduation, honoring CSI’s LGBTQ+ graduates from the Class of 2021, will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. More information is available online.

LGBTQ+ graduates are invited!

Please join us in celebration of your accomplishments and graduation.

Graduates receiving any degree from an Associate’s to a Doctorate are invited to join. The ceremony will be held on Zoom.

Register online.

Anyone wishing to attend in support of our graduates can also register at the link above. Please help us spread the word to LGBTQ+ grads.

Professor Saadia Toor from Sociology/Anthropology will deliver the keynote address.

By the Division of Student Affairs