This year’s Salute to Graduates virtual ceremony honoring the Guttman Community College Class of 2021 will feature two distinguished guest speakers. Mr. Michael Lawrence Collins, vice president at JFF, and Mr. Joshua “J1” Raiford, Director of Hip Hop at Pandora and Program Director at SXM Pandora, will deliver their messages to graduating students during the June 17th ceremony, broadcast on YouTube at 2:00 pm.
Human Services Program Coordinator Named Transformative Learning in the Humanities Faculty Fellow 2021-2022 and Organizes Workshop on Nature-Based Learning
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Human Services Dr. Nicole Kras has been awarded the Transformative Learning in the Humanities Fellowship, part of an important three-year CUNY-based initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With her cohort of 2021-2022 THL Faculty Fellows, Dr. Kras will share and develop active, creative, and participatory practices as well as “pedagogical research and methods designed for the rich diversity of CUNY students,” ensuring their success in and beyond the classroom. While prioritizing the importance of teaching, the grant supports CUNY faculty in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences who are committed to equity and social and racial justice. Guttman Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. Grace Pai were also named THL Faculty Fellows for this, the fellowship’s culminating cycle.
Guttman Celebrates National Poetry Month with Event Series Featuring Prize-Winning and Renowned Poets
Coordinated by a committee comprising Writing faculty, Library staff, and representatives of the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, Guttman celebrated National Poetry Month throughout the month of April with a series of inspiring events, both synchronous and asynchronous. Virtual events held in real time included readings and conversations featuring the following published poets and educators:
Human Services Program Coordinator Co-Authors Article, Presents at International Conference, and Organizes Public Health Career Panel for Guttman Students
Guttman faculty Dr. Nicole Kras has co-authored “How New England Island Residents View the Influence of the Natural Environment in their Lives“ with Dr. Jennifer Keenan. The article was released online by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers in October 2020, ahead of its scheduled printing. The specific focus on adults residing on islands in the northeastern United States is significant because this population is “likely to have a high exposure to natural environments” due to their locations, which are “highly immersed in natural landscapes.” In their responses to a questionnaire, “residents identified benefits and challenges of being isolated on an island, expressed feelings of gratitude for living there, and shared concerns about the environment (as related to the island). Findings also show that the natural environment plays an essential role in these individuals’ social, emotional, and physical health.” In November 2020, Dr. Kras presented these findings and their important implications at the Conference on Environmental Psychology: Norwegian Network for Environmental Psychology and the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, held virtually from Lillehammer, Norway.
As featured participants in a virtual roundtable sponsored by the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, Guttman faculty Dr. Ji Kim and Dr. Ayisha Sookdeo discussed effective strategies for supporting students in the STEM disciplines with colleagues from Bronx Community College and Lehman. Titled “Promoting Student Success in STEM: Discussing a Multi-Dimensional Advisement Approach” and moderated by Dr. Theresa Williams, Director for STEM Initiatives for CUNY ASAP, the forum addressed proactive ways that faculty align practices and expectations; the role of academic advising; the collaboration between community and senior colleges to facilitate transfer and transition; while recognizing and overcoming barriers for students from underrepresented groups.
Welcome to Fall 2020! Watch our messages to students and families:
Assistant Professor James Rodriguez Joins Panel on Gentrification at Brooklyn Historical Society Event
Assistant Professor of History James Rodriguez was a panelist at Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Gentrification 2.0: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry” event on January 15th. Professor Rodriguez contributed his expertise on the topic of gentrification as a co-author of the recently published book, Racial Inequality in New York City Since 1965.
The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College will host “Reflections, an Evening of Photography and Conversation” with Guttman Lecturer Tau Battice on Monday, November 18th. The event will mark the opening of an exhibit of Professor Battice’s work. He specializes in portraiture and creates visual ethnographies of the underrepresented African diaspora.
The Office of Student Conduct completed its annual Civility Campaign on October 31, 2019, with a total of 75 participants. The campaign theme, Conflict Resolution, focused on strategies participants could use to diffuse conflict. There were several activities that facilitated engagement, including a conflict resolution wheel, a social media campaign designed to bring awareness about strategies, and workshops on how to resolve conflict at school and work.
On May 20, the Human Services program held its fifth annual Fieldwork Recognition Ceremony in partnership with the Guttman Offices of AccessABILITY and Partnerships and Community Engagement. The event celebrated the 42 Human Services interns who successfully completed their required 250 hours of fieldwork placement during the 2018-2019 academic year, their supervisors, and the program’s […]