Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): Faculty Center Drop-in Session Schedule: Feb. 22-26

In response to your requests for small group and individualized assistance, this week, we will continue to offer additional Virtual Drop-in Center hours. As always, all of our Drop-in and training sessions can be accessed by using the Virtual Drop-in Center buttons located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization available to all teaching faculty at CSI.

For more information or questions about any of the workshops, courses, or assistance sessions offered by the Faculty Center for Professional Development at CSI please contact Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator, Kristen Lindtvedt directly at kristen.lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu.

Have a great week.

By Kristen Lindtvedt

21-Day Equity Habit Building Challenge

As an institution dedicated to educating, learning, and growing, we should always challenge each other and ourselves to get involved and make a difference. We can become leaders for equity, inclusion, and justice in our community and throughout society, working to create an equitable world in which we all feel safe and valued regardless of race, color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, citizenship, or any other legally prohibited basis.  

I write today to emphasize my commitment to further equity, inclusion, and belonging at CSI, and to ensuring a welcoming environment for all. Part of that commitment means being able to come together and engage in open and honest conversations in order for us to grow and bring about positive change. 

As part of this commitment, I am challenging everyone to participate in a 21-Day Equity Habit Building Challenge modeled after the 21-Day Challenge©​​ designed and created by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.​  Dr. Moore built this model on the theory that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Thus, we are embarking on a journey to make a habit of listening to one another; sharing our thoughts, concerns, and experiences; and learning to respect each other’s differences, while building and forming positive relationships. This challenge is about deepening our understanding of biases and inequities, and our willingness to confront them. The only way to do that is to be accountable to one another to help develop a sense of trust and belonging, so everyone can feel safe to share their stories.  ​ 

It is my hope that you will join us and challenge yourself to commit to learning, listening, sharing, engaging, and opening yourself up to making meaningful changes that will help create a more welcoming, equitable, and inclusive community.​​

Details on this challenge can be found on our Website. The Challenge will begin on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. There will be four weeks of challenges. Monday through Thursday of each week, you will be asked to complete one activity a day, which will include readings and/or watching videos. On the Friday of each week,  there will be a Zoom session, where we will discuss what we learned that week and how we felt or what we thought about the material, as well as share relevant experiences wit​h each other.   

This challenge will culminate on the 21st day, Monday, Mar. 22, 2021, with a Zoom session hosted by me, where we will engage in thoughtful conversation and reflect on the overall experience.  I am looking forward to honest, sincere conversations, and I am excited to get started.​​

Please be sure to visit our Website and get ready to begin the challenge on Monday.  Each week, we will send out an email reminding you of the week’s agenda and a link to register for the week’s wrap up Zoom session. Students who participate in the Friday Zoom sessions can earn PG CLUE credits.

While this is only the beginning of the conversation, it is an important step in the right direction.

I hope that you accept the challenge.

By William J. Fritz

CSI Legal Studies Institute Presents “New and Noteworthy: Spring Book Talk Series”

The CSI Legal Studies Institute is sponsoring a series of three book talks this semester. See the online flyer for more information [note, the flyer also contains embedded links for registration. Please feel free to circulate].

All lectures are free, open to the public, and CC CLUE.

If you have questions, contact Michael Paris at michael.paris@csi.cuny.edu

ByMichael Paris

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of Feb. 22

The Technology Training Center will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications to assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us, and we will do our best to assist you. We can also customize and provide group training to meet your departmental needs. 

Please use our Registration page to register for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid, and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to serve the College community better.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Zoom Security Protocols

CUNY has been receiving reports of recent Zoom bombings during class meetings. Please take a moment to review CUNY’s Zoom Security Protocols

To assist you with the process of securing your meetings, we will be offering another training session, Securing Your Zoom Meetings. You can register for this session, as well as other training sessions, by going to our Registration Page.

Please contact me if you require any assistance or have any questions.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

CSI Early Campus Closure – Feb. 18

Due to continued snow fall and icy road conditions, effective 3:00pm today, campus access will be limited to essential personnel scheduled to work in the following areas:

Public Safety

Dolphin Cove 

Dining Services for Dolphin Cove

Facilities (Laborers, Custodial Staff, Central Plant, and any other trades deemed necessary) 

Animal Care Facility

Information Technology (for technical emergencies ONLY)

All remote work and learning will continue as regularly scheduled. Facilities will ensure that the campus is maintained during this snow event.

By Hope Berte