Happy Lunar New Year! Nearly 2 billion people worldwide recognize this holiday signifying rebirth and renewal. I understand that many of you are celebrating at home or virtually, given the ongoing pandemic conditions and I wish you a wonderful set of celebrations to ring in the new year. Yesterday marked the end of the year of the Ox and today marks the start of the year of the Tiger.
As a Black college president, I will always be cognizant of the people and communities that we serve and intend this message to be the beginning of a more systematized effort to acknowledge all our histories and lived experiences. Throughout this Black History Month, you will see many announcements, events, and calls to celebrate our Blackness and I encourage you to make time to do so.
Doctor Saidiya V. Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of several publications, including the award-winning Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (2020), will visit Guttman’s First-Year Experience (FYE) faculty and staff on Thursday, January 27th, to discuss the significance of Humanities research, writing, and teaching within American studies and beyond. Specific attention will be paid to identity and representation and linguistic and social justice as they relate to the FYE, including two new American Studies courses and a Composition sequence that focuses on these themes.
Student Government Association and United Men of Color Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Memorial Event
Guttman Community College is celebrating MLK, Jr. Day with an event honoring the civil rights icon. The MLK Tribute and Memorial event is organized by Guttman’s Student Government Association and United Men of Color. The community is invited to join the event on Monday, January 17th at 1 pm online at bit.ly/GCCMLK2022.
To celebrate LGBTQ+ History, Guttman Community College will feature an array of events throughout the month of October. Located in the heart of New York City – the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community – the College is proud to honor the history and the future of our LGBTQ+ family.
Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr., the second president of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), announces the launch of an annual speaker series to illuminate stories of key figures in New York City. The purpose of the series is to engage the broader community surrounding the College and introduce champions for student success and community colleges. This year’s theme is entitled, “Strength, Courage, and Resilience in the 21st Century,” in response to the ongoing health and racial injustice pandemics facing the nation and the world. Join Guttman President Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr. as he engages in lively discussions with guests every month. Events are free and open to the public. The inaugural event of the series will take place virtually on October 21 at noon.
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.