President Fritz’s Annual Reaffirmation of the College Of Staten Island’s Commitment to Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

With the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, I would like to reaffirm the College of Staten Island’s (CSI) longstanding commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of its employment practices. I, along with CSI’s senior management team, recognize that there are many benefits to fostering workplace diversity and that individuals from diverse backgrounds offer a wide variety of skills, personalities, and experiences that all help to create a more effective workforce. CSI continues to remain dedicated to prioritizing inclusivity so that all employees feel welcome and valued in the workplace.

Along with The City University of New York (CUNY), CSI has implemented policies and practices to foster non-discrimination, affirmative action, diversity, and inclusion, all of which I fully support. I am sure you agree that CSI is enriched by the strengths of the people and perspectives represented here. Accordingly, I am committed to CSI’s compliance with CUNY’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, as well as CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct.

The Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy states CUNY’s commitment to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees, and to admit and provide services for students, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state, and city laws. Additionally, as a federal contractor, CUNY engages in affirmative action for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans consistent with federal requirements for employees. Italian Americans are also included among CUNY’s protected groups. I invite you to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including complaint procedures and the prohibition against retaliation.

CSI’s executive and administrative officers are responsible for maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and for promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective units. I have assigned the responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of our compliance program to the Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Catherine Ferrara, Esq., who also serves as CSI’s 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator and the Title IX Coordinator. I encourage all managers to contact her to discuss diversity and inclusion strategies that would advance their unit’s strategic goals. Additionally, I encourage any individual who believes that he/she/they have experienced employment discrimination to contact Ms. Ferrara in the Office of Diversity and Compliance at catherine.ferrara@csi.cuny.edu.

I ask for your continued support in ensuring equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and inclusion in all employment practices at CSI.


By William J. Fritz

HSBC Information Session

HSBC is looking for future leaders for their Wealth and Personal Banking Division – and this starts with their exceptional internship and graduate programs. 

Join HSBC at an information session to learn about how you can work alongside senior team members and industry experts, developing your skills and financial knowledge while getting​ a broad overview of the different activities and products offered by HSBC globally.

Please read the onllne flyer for more information.

By Caryl Watkins

This Week in Core Lecture

This Week in Core presents Dr. Sarolta Takács with Part 2 of “Pandemic, Epidemic, and Plague in Ancient Rome.” The lecture is available on YouTube.

In this lecture, Dr. Takács provides a historical background to better understand the impact of “plagues” that befell the Roman Empire (e.g., the Antonine Plague) and how the descriptions of them echoed those of ancient Greek authors. Thus, without additional information, it remains very difficult to determine the actual disease. Whatever these “plagues” were, they impacted human lives (physically and emotionally) as well as undermined societal structures and economic well-being. Despite it all, the Roman Empire adapted, transformed, and continued.

A PDF of the PowerPoint slides that accompany this lecture is available upon request.  Please email Donna Scimeca [donna.scimeca@csi.cuny.edu] to have it sent to you.

Bio Sketch:

Dr. Takács holds a BA in Classics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a graduate student, she was a recipient of the DAAD, a German Academic Exchange Service fellowship, that allowed her to do her PhD research at the university in Heidelberg and at the Free University in Berlin. While a professor at Harvard, she was a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany, which allowed her to spend a research year at the University of Heidelberg.

Before coming to the College of Staten Island – CUNY, she taught at the University of Oregon; at the University of California, Los Angeles; Harvard University; and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Dr. Takács held decanal positions at Harvard University, the Russell Sage College, and Rutgers University. A​t the latter institution, she served as the Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program and also was the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.  Dr. Takács is a tenured professor in the Department of History and is Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Staten Island.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

REBNY and Project Destined Fall Internship

Due to the tremendous success of the first-ever REBNY Virtual Internship, the program, in partnership with Project Destined and CUNY, is continuing for the fall semester. This is your chance to apply for the second REBNY Virtual Internship cohort.

Students will be compensated with $750 upon successful completion of the program. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, Sept. 23 by 5:00pm. Please see the online flyer with a link to apply to the program and for more information. Best of luck to all who apply.

By Caryl Watkins

Anthony Speller

It is with great sorrow that we announce to the College community the passing of Anthony Speller, Custodial Assistant for the past 12 years in the Office of Buildings and Grounds. Anthony is survived by his wife and children.

Viewing will be will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 9:00am to 11:00am and the funeral will follow from 11:00am to 12:30pm at Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home, located at 1 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. 

The College community sends its sympathy to Anthony’s family and friends.

By the Office of Human Resources​​

Free Online Tutoring Available for CSI Students

As CSI enters its first fully online semester, we at the Office of Academic Support want to ensure that you are aware of the free academic assistance that is available to your students. The Office of Academic Support offers free online tutoring seven days a week in a wide variety of subjects, both in the Humanities and Social Sciences and in Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You can access our tutoring schedule online.

We have created a video to help students navigate the online tutoring services.

Please help us promote this free academic support service that the College offers to your students.

By the Office of Academic Support

Request for Assistance

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, the CUNY Board of Trustees adopted a revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct, effective Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. This revised Policysupersedes and replaces CUNY’s prior policy and will govern CUNY’s response to allegations of Sexual Misconduct based on conduct alleged to have occurred on or after Aug. 14, 2020 and can be found online.

The revised Policy was necessitated by changes to the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.  Although the new regulations significantly limit the behavior that constitutes Sexual Harassment within the definitions of Sexual Misconduct, CUNY will continue to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate all allegations of Sexual Misconduct that fall outside of the new narrower definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment. Further, CUNY’s revised Policy allows for close scrutiny of all reported allegations of Sexual Misconduct.

In conjunction with these changes, the Central Office has requested that each CUNY College:

1.            Identify at least two “Advisors” for the limited purpose of conducting cross-examination at Title IX Sexual Harassment hearings involving employees;

2.               Identify hearing “Presenters” for employee respondents; and

3.               Identify at least two “Informal Resolution Facilitators” for employees.

Please note, unfortunately, I do not currently have an estimation of the time commitment that may be involved, but there will certainly be some training. Beyond that, it will likely depend on how many cases we receive that satisfy the definition of “Title IX Sexual Harassment,” and how many of those matters proceed to the informal resolution and/or hearing phase procedurally.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to participate, so please let me know by Thursday, Sept. 17, if you  are interested in having your name submitted to Central. 

By Catherine M. Ferrara, Esq.