The City College of New York
DIVISION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AT THE CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION
2012/13 ANNUAL REPORT
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Mission Statement The primary mission of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) is to provide an excellent education to working adults from New York City and surrounding regions. CWE offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and a number of certificate programs. CWE serves a population that would be otherwise underserved by the college, and its courses and educational programs are specifically designed for students whose access to higher education may have been limited or interrupted due to financial limitations, work responsibilities, and family obligations. A spirit of open inquiry, curricular innovation, and academic integrity are linchpins of the CWE mission. Equally important are respect for diversity among faculty, staff and students, and a continuous search for our common ground as learners, teachers, and scholars. In providing its program, CWE seeks mutually beneficial relationships with labor unions, community-based organizations, city agencies, and employers in both the non-profit and private sectors who share our educational mission. With a dual focus on excellence and access, and by reaching out to the community, CWE aims to be a positive force in lower Manhattan and in the New York metropolitan area.
Executive Editor: Elena Romero Assistant to the Executive Editor: Lestiel Lopez Writers: Carlos Aguasaco, Alessandra Benedicty, Jason Chappell, Vicki Garavuso, Elena Romero, and Michael Wellner Layout/Design: Richard Zuluaga- ZuQu Media Photography: Carlos Aguasaco, Jeff Clapp, Cel Garay/Xcel Photo, Island Photography, Mohammed Kahn, Angelo Merendino and Elena Romero
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Table of Contents Letter from the Dean Juan Carlos Mercado
IAS Chair Update Acting Chair Vicki Garavuso Provides a Year in Review
Curriculum Update Pathways and New Concentrations for CWE
Masterâ€™s Program Update Graduate Students Succeed in the Study of the Americas Masters Program
News Briefs Downtown Another Degree for Clark; Dean Mercado Edits Book; Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic Visits CWE; and more
Center for Worker Education at a Glance Student Demographics, Graduation and Retention Data
Quest Update 18 Years and Counting
Conferences Creatively Speaking
Exhibits at the Center CWE Art Gallery Shines with Diverse Artwork and Photography Installations
Student Spotlight CWE Wins First Prize at the CUNY-Wide Annual Student Speech Contest Petey Goes to College Welcome to Serve The Peacekeeper
Great Grad The Art of Perseverance
Alumni Spotlight The Battle We Didnâ€™t Choose CWE Alumni Increase Volunteer Efforts
CCNY Commencement A look at CWE at the 167th CCNY College-Wide Commencement Ceremony
CWE Divisional Graduation Ceremony CWE Hosts its Graduation Ceremony at Aaron Davis Hall
Student Affairs The Office of Student Affairs Comes to CWE
Staff Spotlight Modern Management
Faculty Spotlight Home-Work History in the Making
Staff and Faculty Honors and Achievements
Directory 28 Institutional Friends and Affiliates
Cover Artwork: (From Left, Clockwise) Serenade, Lunch-Break, Xochimico in the Hudson, New Immigrant, 5 de Mayo, and Day of the Dead illustrations by Felipe Galindo (Feggo).
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LETTER FROM THE DEAN JUAN CARLOS MERCADO
e’ve had lots to celebrate over this past year. The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education has had an extraordinary year in terms of academic and professional achievements, events and awards.
As we continue to grow the Center as an academic and cultural destination, CWE focuses on producing events that speak to all facets of the intellectual mind. Since 2007, we have been offering the Book Talk Lecture Series. This year, themed, City on City, the series brought CCNY faculty members to the Center to discuss New York City’s past, present and future. Prominent faculty members included Jerry Carlson, Ramona Hernandez, Diana Wall, Carla Cappetti, William Solecki, and Hillary Brown. Each discussed research about the people, environment and images of New York. Also held as a hybrid course, students read and discussed assigned readings before the lectures and continued discussions on-line. CCNY recently entered a three-year agreement with the government of Mexico to host the Cátedra Cultura de México, a series of Mexican culture lectures, on campus as well as off-site locations. Carlos Aguasaco, Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies and Spanish at CWE, spearheaded this project for City College. Cátedra Cultura de México promotes Mexico’s greatest artistic and intellectual productions in the United States and the United Kingdom. It provides established artists and young emerging Mexican creators with opportunities to visit American and British universities. Among the U.S. schools that participate in the initiative are Harvard, Princeton, Brown, and University of Chicago. The City College of New York now joins these prestigious universities.
In addition, we had as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, the first Latin American Poetry Festival of NYC 2012, with the participation of more than 50 writers from NYC, the country and Latin America. It was an extraordinary three-day event of reading and music. Prof. Aguasaco was the organizer of this very successful event. For Black History Month, Warren Orange and Elena Romero organized the fourth annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference. This conference brought out hip-hop pioneers like veejay Ralph McDaniels, deejays Charlie Chase and Frankie Cutlass, as well as scholars, including Schomburg hip-hop scholar-in-residence Martha Diaz and Quinnipiac University sociologist Don C. Sawyer III. Our latest exhibit, MANHATITLAN, by award-winning Mexican artist Felipe Galindo (Feggo) had the Center covered in the New York Daily News; and Felipe and the Center were both showcased when I appeared with him as guests of Joe Torres’ TIEMPO program in WABC Channel 7. The humorous artwork demonstrates how Mexican and American cultures intertwine. CWE received several honors this year. CWE student Christopher Nickerson won first prize in the CUNY CLASP speech contest, a first in CCNY history. Also, Prof. Elizabeth Matthews won the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service in this inaugural year of the President’s Awards. We’ve added several new faculty and staff members. Justin Williams and Susanna Rosenbaum joined the faculty, teaching history and anthropology, respectively. Sophia Demetriou joined the Center from our uptown campus. She now heads the Office of Student Affairs and provides students with the same services found on the main campus. You will find more about our accomplishments in the pages of this report. I hope that they will inspire you to join me, our staff, faculty and students as we all work towards building an even greater, better, stronger CWE.
Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean
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IAS CHAIR UPDATE ACTING Chair Vicki Garavuso Provides a Year in review
During the fall of 2012, Professor Susanna Schaller and Rosa Franco, Director of Lending at Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, developed and co-taught the “Grassroots Power: Local Economic Development Workshop.” This service-learning course was developed under the auspices of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at the uptown campus. Students conducted a pilot study of financial behavior and financial literacy among CWE students. The resulting report is being published as part of the Colin L. Powell Center for Service and Leadership’s working papers “Issues in Engaged Scholarship.” The final report was also presented to Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, the credit union’s nonprofit sister organization, which is now working with CWE to pilot a free financial literacy course for CWE students. Under Professor Mary Lutz’s direction, and in partnership with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, students in the HIV in the Global City course once Headshot: Cel Garay/Xcel Photo
again participated in the commemoration of World Aids Day by offering information and confidential testing to their peers, staff, and faculty. Under the aegis of Professor Martin Woessner, CWE’s ongoing Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies funded presentations by award-winning Professor Andrea Weiss of CCNY, and Kayla Williams, a veteran and Arabic linguist who discussed her experiences in Iraq as well as being part of the 15% of the Army that is female. Acting Chair Vicki Garavuso
At CWE, faculty interest in innovative, responsive, and student-centered
or me this year, as Acting Chair while Professor Kathlene McDonald
pedagogy supports us all as participants in a vibrant community of lifelong
was on sabbatical, has been filled with new lessons and new
friendships. Since my discipline is Teacher Education, I have been
able to use some of the mentoring skills that I had established in the Early Childhood Program.
Professional development and support for junior
faculty and adjuncts included pedagogical discussions during this year’s Divisional meetings. Faculty addressed how to use rubrics as guides for
assignments, and in a presentation by one of our science adjunct
instructors, we debated the merits of using an emergent inquiry approach to teaching adults. Our faculty also investigated how to improve the teaching of research skills across the levels and academic disciplines in our undergraduate curriculum. One example of the ways in which CWE faculty respond to students’
Professor Garavuso at Latin Honors Ceremony.
Professor Garavuso at the CWE Divisional Convocation.
interests can be seen in this fall semester’s Book Talk on The Child, organized and led by Professor Elizabeth Matthews. Experts in the fields of child development, architecture, childcare workforce policy, improvisation and play, presented to overflow crowds made up of early childhood teacher candidates, parents, and community members interested in children’s learning environments. Taking their cue from the level of audience interest and participation, faculty developed the new concentration Childhood Studies, with the idea of supporting students who may be interested in learning more about children and families in social contexts, yet not necessarily wanting to become certified in early childhood education.
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Professor Garavuso with ECE graduating senior Raquel Matos at the Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. Photos L-R: Jeff Clapp, Elena Romero, Jeff Clapp
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CURRICULUM UPDATE Pathways and New Concentrations for CWE
uring this past year, faculty and staff of The Department of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences have been preparing for the new CUNY-wide Pathways initiative, which establishes a new system
of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across CUNY colleges. We have been busy examining courses that will not only reflect our already strong core, but which will offer students opportunities to experience learning across the disciplines. Pathways will guarantee the great majority of our students, who come to CWE as transfers from CUNY community colleges that their general education requirements will be carried over seamlessly to fulfill the general education requirements at CWE. In keeping with our mission, faculty and staff have also been working on new concentration areas that better reflect the current expertise and curricula of the department. These concentrations under the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Science major include: Childhood Studies; Creative Writing, Communication and Media Studies; Culture, History and Society; Science and Society; Social Welfare and Health Studies; and Urban and Labor Studies, Administration and Policy. Due to the changing demands of the labor market and the evolving needs and interests of our working students,
“The new CUNY-wide Pathways initiative establishes a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across CUNY colleges.” –Vicki Garavuso, Acting IAS Chair
these concentrations offer an updated approach to an informed, creative, and applicable liberal arts education.
CWE will continue to offer diverse curriculum. Photo: Elena Romero
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Masters Update Graduate Students Succeed in the Study of the Americas Masters Program
n the 2012-2013 academic year, almost 40 students were enrolled in
Research Press, 2011) and John Haworth, Director of the National Museum
courses offered by the M.A. Program in the Study of the Americas, with 33
of the American Indian in New York (Smithsonian). Other panelists included
students pursuing degrees. In June 2012, our first M.A. student graduated,
scholars working through the City SEEDS grant on indigeneity and other
followed by the second in September 2012. Ten additional students have
East Coast-based scholars. In conjunction with CUNY’s Center for the
or will graduate in January, June, and September 2013. The program is
Humanities Mellon Seminar dedicated in 2012-2013 to thinking through
enjoying steady student recruitment. We will offer our first summer course
‘poverty’ as a category of critical analysis, the M.A. in the Study of the
during the 2013 Summer Session as a hybrid (partially in-class, partially
Americas also welcomed a luncheon discussion with Rob Nixon and Rachel
online), as well as three classes a semester during the regular academic year.
Carson Professors of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The
Thanks to the degree, our graduates are excelling in the next phase of their
discussion was moderated by Joseph Entin, Associate Professor of English
intellectual and professional pursuits. Our first graduate, Cristian Santana,
and Director of the American Studies Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
did an internship at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations after graduating. Brian Easy, graduating in May 2013, was promoted from Branch Manager for the Westchester/Crosby branch of Citi to Global Business Trainer, VP, with a specialty in the Americas. Nelson Santana, who graduated in February 2013, received a Dean’s Fellowship to pursue a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at Drexel University, one of the top programs nationally in library science. Bonnie Ip, a September 2012 graduate, is currently pursuing a degree at the New School for Social Research, and Lara Rodriguez is pursuing a double M.A., combining the Study in the Americas degree with an M.A. in Anthropology at Hunter College. Thanks to a grant conferred by President Lisa S. Coico, the M.A. in the Study of the Americas was able to organize two events in Spring 2013. First, as part of our effort to prepare for a course in indigeneity slated for Spring 2015, M.A. Director Alessandra Benedicty, with the help of Irina Carlota Silber, first director of the M.A. in the Study of the Americas program organized a roundtable discussion entitled “Indigeneity in the Americas: A Transnational Roundtable and Workshop.” Deborah Edwards-Anderson, currently writing her M.A. thesis on contemporary Dakota history, provided curatorial consultation and support. Special invitees included Circe Sturm, author of Blood Politics: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (University of California Press, 2002) and Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the 21st Century (School for Advanced
Top to bottom: Informal luncheon with Rob Nixon and Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “Indigeneity in the Americas: A Transnational Roundtable and Workshop,” from left to right: Campbell Dalglish (The City College of NY), Erica Wortham (The George Washington University), Marcia Esparza (John Jay College), John Haworth (Director, National Museum of the American Indian in New York (Smithsonian). Brian Easy, a June 2013 graduate, in Argentina for a January interim study abroad semester.
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News Briefs Downtown
Another Degree for Clark
It’s All in Translation
Professor Marlene Clark
has recently completed
and librarian Seamus
another Master’s degree,
Scanlon had the op-
this time in Philosophy,
which will benefit stu-
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phy and Literature” this
Dean Mercado Edits Book Juan María Gutiérrez’s Escritores
to Scanlon’s “@The Butterfly Love Song”
for the publication Cronopio. The work is available at http://www.revis-
served as translator
dents when she teaches a new course “Philoso-
(Colonial Writers), was published as a limited edition in 1865. Gutiérrez is a major 19th century
tacronopio.com/?tag=la-balada-de-la-navaja-mariposa. In addition, one of Aguasaco’s short stories (micro fiction) entitled, “The Boxer,”(El Boxeador in Spanish) was a finalist amongst more than 800 participant for the IX CONCURSO RELATOS CORTOS PARA LEER EN TRES MINUTOS “LUIS DEL VAL” 2012. This international competition was sponsored by El Ayuntamiento de Sallent de Gállego in Spain.
Argentinean writer and a member of the Generation of 1837 that estab-
CWE Hosts 2013 Scholarships and Awards Celebration
lished the foundation for the Republic of Argentina. Escritores Coloniales
A total of 19 scholarships and awards were given out at the recent
is a very important book as it showcased Gutiérrez for the visionary that
2013 Scholarship and Awards celebration at CWE. Six of the awardees
he was, having recovered such colonial writers as Sor Juana Inés de la
were 2013 graduating seniors. The CWE Dean’s Award for Academic
Cruz and Pedro de Oña, who are viewed today as paramount authors in
Excellence went to Katie Kistner and Tefany Santana; the Albert A. Blum
Award in Labor Studies went to Troy O’Dendhal; the Edward Rivera Prize
Escritores Coloniales was edited, and annotated with an introduction
for Autobiography and the Ada Shepard Creative Writing Award were
by CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado and Isaías Lerner. Lerner was a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center (CUNY), and one of the most important specialists in Hispanic Studies in the world; he was very well known through his classic editions of El Quijote and La Araucana, among many works. Prof. Lerner passed away recently.
Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic Visits CWE Ligia Amada Melo, Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic Photos: Jeff Clapp
recently visited CWE during Dominican Week 2013. Minister Melo discussed the impact of higher education on the advancement of the Dominican community. A panel discussion was held with guests including Dr. Jim Miller, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Services at Rochester Institute of Technology; Radhames Mejia of UNAPEC; and CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado. Dr. Ramona Hernández and Dr. Griselda Rodríguez from CCNY’s Program of International Rela-
Students won multiple awards during the Scholarships and Awards celebration
tions served as moderators of the discussion. The event was sponsored by UNAPEC, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, CWE, the Interna-
both awarded to Ser Rodriguez; the Leonard Spano Award for Excellence
tional Studies Program at CCNY and Funglode.
in Social Justice was given to Sharon Santana; the Maria Bowen Chapin Scholarships were awarded to Jamaal Jones, Raquel Matos, Ser Rodriguez and Emily Rodriguez; the Samuel Wallach ’29 Award for
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News Briefs Downtown
Educators went to Maria Kuster-Miller and Raquel Matos; the Eugene
Honors ceremony at the 138th Street campus. This year, each of the
Bellin Award was presented to Gabriella Lazarro; the Quest Award for
college’s divisions was given the opportunity to celebrate individually.
Leadership, Scholarship, and Community Service was awarded to Mary
Dean Juan Carlos Mercado decided to host an intimate ceremony
Bullen and Sandra Ramirez, the CCNY Alumni Association Award was
on May 17 right here at the Center to honor students receiving Latin
granted to Angelo Blas, and the Robert Hartmann Scholarship was
Honors. By the amazing turnout, it was evident he had made an excellent
awarded to Wanda Kedir. Our congratulations to these outstanding
decision. This year, the Center had 82 Latin Honors recipients out of 212
graduating seniors, or 39% of the graduating student body.
Latin Honors Ceremony Hosted at CWE
Catching the Attention of the President
In the past, the City College of New York has held its prestigious Latin
CCNY President Lisa S. Coico believes that our faculty members are the heart of this great institution. For her outstanding work, Professor Elizabeth Matthews was recently selected to receive the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at the Center for Worker Education. This was the inaugural year for this prestigious award, which President Coico presented to Matthews at a special faculty reception on May 20 at the Great Hall.
Academic Advisor Speaking at a History Conference The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has
Edwards-Anderson’s proposal to present during its October 9-13
Leandro Herbstein at Latin Honors Ceremony
present at the OHA conference by her M.A. advisor, Professor Adrienne Petty of the City College History Department. She will serve as a panelist Coming Deborah Edwards-Anderson
History Across the Color Line”,
and will present a paper entitled “What Are You Willing to Share?: Oral History and the Ethics of Interviewing the Dakota People.” EdwardsAnderson has worked as academic advisor and ECE Program Manager for 30 years, is an alum of CWE’s first graduating class of ’83, and is on
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for the session “Guess Who’s
Photos: Jeff Clapp
the brink of completing her M.A. in history. We congratulate her.
Salutatorian Tefany Santana, Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, and Valedictorian Katie Kistner at the Scholarships and Awards Celebration.
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CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION AT A GLANCE STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS, GRADUATION AND RETENTION DATA FOR FALL 2012
CWE STUDENTS BY AGE MALE 17.3%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION BY GENDER
60 FEMALE 82.7%
AGE RANGE E.C.E. 5%
UNDERGRADUATE CWE STUDENT POPULATION MAJORS
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CWE STUDENT COURSELOAD STATUS
NEW, NON-DEGREE 0.7%
NEW FRESHMEN 0.3%
PENDING E.C.E. 33% LIBERAL ARTS 62%
PART-TIME <= 5 CR. 16.9% FULL-TIME 12+ CR. 51.8%
NEW TRANSFER 21.7%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION STATUS
RE-ENTRY STUDENT 10.5%
CONTINUING STUDENT 66.8%
CWE STUDENTS BY CUMULATIVE CREDITS EARNED 137
90 PART-TIME 6-11 CR. 31.3%
89 60 25
CREDITS NEW JERSEY 1.8%
LONG ISLAND 1.0% OTHER 0.2%
STATEN ISLAND 3.0%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION BY RESIDENCY
BRONX 19.7% BROOKLYN 25.0%
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Quest Update 18 Years and Counting Membership on the Rise at Lifelong Learning Program for Seniors
uest is just completing a very successful year with a record 203 members enrolled.
It continues to offer a wide array of courses
in subjects as diverse as “The Supreme Court,” “Great Books,”
“Modern Classical Music,” “A History of Architecture,” “Great Plays” (the highlight of which may have been a staged reading of ‘The Vagina Monologues’) “Europe Between the Wars,” and many, many others. In addition, it has had an outstanding series of guest lecturers, including the actress Kathleen Chalfont, Dr. Ruth Gruber (101 years old), distinguished author, journalist, and chronicler of the founding of the State of Israel and Ambassador to China Nicholas Platt, among others. Quest continues its Friday off-site visits to museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions here in the city. In fact, during the summer, a group will be heading to Roosevelt Island to visit the new Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. Quest’s mission for the coming year is not only to continue its efforts to recruit new members, but to make Quest even more inclusive and open. Toward that end, it has increased the size of many of its committees and opened up the process by which members of these committees are selected. Each member is encouraged to volunteer to serve on a committee in which he or she is interested or has some expertise. Quest recently concluded its annual elections: Michael Wellner has been elected President, replacing Marc Deitch who served for four years and has now semi-retired to Florida. Other officers include Carolyn McGuire, Vice President; Marian Friedmann, Secretary; and Caroline Thompson as Treasurer. Quest members continue to spend time not only in the classroom but in many of the cultural venues the city has to offer. Quest members visit museums, theatres, restaurants, points of architectural and historical interest. Their travels will soon take them well beyond New York City’s borders. In July, a group will head to Ireland (accompanied by McGuire); and they are planning a trip to Cuba in January of 2014; a Caribbean cruise next winter; and a likely trip to Israel next spring. Quest continues to thrive, and they are fortunate, indeed, to have so many
Quest Founding member Robert Hartmann
Robert Hartman Becomes Keynote Speaker at CWE Divisional Graduation Ceremony
active members with such a wide array of talents and interests. Quest
Quest founding member and friend of the Center, Robert G. Hartmann
welcomes visitors into its classrooms any time. Feel free to stop by.
served as keynote speaker at the third annual “CWE Divisional Graduation Ceremony” on May 29 at CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall. Hartmann had a chance to speak to CWE’s 212 graduating students, the largest CWE graduating class ever. Hartmann recently established a scholarship fund of $120,000 for CWE students who have the greatest financial need and the determination to complete their education. and Awards ceremony held May 17 at the Center. Kedir became the second recipient. At least one Hartmann Scholarship is awarded each year since its inception in spring 2012. Recent CWE graduate Ayanna Richberg was awarded the first Hartmann scholarship which covered
Quest members happily attend their yearly Quest Luncheon at Battery Park Gardens.
both her fall 2012 and spring 2013 tuition.
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Wanda Kedir was awarded the scholarship at the recent Scholarship
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Conferences CWE Offers Diverse Conferences on Everything from Books, Poetry, Culture to Hip-Hop
he spring Book Talk Lecture Series, “City on City,” facilitated by senior academic advisor and anthropologist John Calagione offered students and the public lectures by prominent CUNY faculty.
Audiences responded enthusiastically to talks on cinema, Seneca Village, literature, the Dominican Republic, climate change, and sustainability in urban settings. As a result, faculty saw students’ growing interest in urban planning, science, media studies, and the study of the Americas as driving the future directions of CWE’s BA and MA programs. The Masters in in the Study of the Americas Program welcomed students and faculty to the critical and salient discussion, “Indegeniety in the Americas: A Transnational Roundtable and Workshop” organized by Professor Alessandra Benedicty. Debbie Edwards-Anderson, advisor and Early Childhood Education Program Manager who is writing her MA thesis on contemporary Dakota history, provided curatorial support. Invited speakers included Circe Sturm from the University of Texas at Austin and CWE’s Bowling Green neighbor John Haworth, Director of the Heye Center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Professor Benedicty also organized a presentation by Wendy Luttrell of CUNY’s Graduate Center, titled, “Children Framing Childhoods,” again for the benefit of faculty and especially for students in the Early Childhood Program. Professor Carlos Aguasaco, a poet in his own right, hosted two Latin American literary events. In October, the Latin American Poetry Festival was held at CWE as well as other venues in New York with over 40 poets reading. In April, the Cátedra Cultura de México provided talks on contemporary Mexican literature and historical relationships between Spanish and Jewish Kabbalah.
Photo: Carlos Aguasaco
Dr. Angelina Muñiz-Huberman spoke during the Cátedra Cultura de México lectura series.
As part of our efforts to strengthen our MA program in the study of the Americas and our undergraduate courses in Latin American Cultural Studies, under the leadership of Assistant Professor Carlos Aguasaco, CWE has sponsored and hosted a series of poetry events. Thirty three
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CONFERENCES CWE Offers Diverse Conferences on Everything from Books, Poetry, Culture to Hip-Hop authors residing across the US and Latin America participated in the Latin
and contributions of Latinos. Legendary veejay Ralph McDaniels, who is
American Poetry Festival NYC 2012 (October 17, 18, 19, & 20.) This event
celebrating the 30th anniversary of his TV show Video Music Box (VMB),
consisted of 12 poetry readings in six different locations across NYC.
exhibited a 25-panel retrospective photo exhibit telling the story of his
Parallel to the LAPFNYC, in October 18, CWE hosted the “International
pioneering music show. Quinnipiac University sociologist Don C. Sawyer III
Colloquium” Temas y problemas de la poesía latinoamericana actual”; eight
served as keynote speaker, discussing the “Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture.”
scholars residing in the US and abroad presented papers. On November 30, renowned author Alfredo Molano Bravo presented a conference entitled “Causes of the Colombian Armed Conflict.” On April 23, 24, and 25th, CCNY hosted the Mexican Culture Lecture Series with the participation of Dr. Angelina Muñiz Huberman, author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, narrative and literary studies. Finally, the Latino Poets Reading Series, May 8, featured poets María Clara González (visiting from Colombia), Susana Reyes (visiting from El Salvador) and Margarita Drago (Argentinean writer currently residing in NYC). It is also important to highlight that with the support of Dean Mercado, and the help of Maristela Verástegui, CWE has offered simultaneous interpretation services (Spanish-English) of conferences.
Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center, moderated a “Latinos in Hip-Hop” panel discussion. It featured Martha Diaz, hip-hop scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and director, Hip-Hop Education Center; Charlie Chase, pioneering deejay, The Cold Crush Brothers; Jorge “Pop Master Fabel” Pabon, vice president of Rock Steady Crew; and Frankie Cutlass, producer, deejay and artist. The Center for Worker Education co-sponsored the 2013 Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) National Conference, June 6-8, 2013. Hosted by the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, the conference was themed “Rights, Solidarity, Justice.” It offered a variety of panels, film screenings and an art exhibit on workers
The Fourth Annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference was moved from
during Hurricane Sandy. Over 500 people attended the three-day event.
February to May in 2013 to align the conference with Hip-Hop Appreciation Week. The conference has served as a platform to engage ongoing dialogue and discussions on important topics related to hip-hop both academically and culturally. Themed the “Origins Debate,” this year’s conference explored the issues of hip-hop’s roots and the particular experiences
Deejay Frankie Cutlass, hip-hop scholar Martha Diaz, deejay Charlie Chase, Rock Steady Crew’s Jorge “Pop Master Fabel” Pabon and CWE’s Elena Romero.
The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory.
Sociologist Don C. Sawyer III.
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Exhibits at the Center CWE Art Gallery Shines with Diverse Artwork and Photography Installations
or the past six years, CWE has been exhibiting diverse artwork and photography installations as a way of offering students a broader cultural experience. The Center, which has built a reputation for
Hip Hop and the New Old School: Works from the House of Art Gallery February 1-February 28, 2013
offering dynamic conferences and lectures, has equally built a name for itself with emerging artists, the Wall Street community, and art scene. Whether it was Latino culture or hip-hop, a great number of the exhibits on display focused on culture during 2012 and 2013. Here are some highlights from our exhibits throughout the year:
Discussing the Taino Legacy: A Forum and Photo October 4, 2012 Discussing the Taino Legacy: A Forum and Photo was an enriching glance
Tribe Called Quest by Justin Bua
Hip Hop and the New Old School: Works from the House of Art Gallery was an unprecedented artistic collaboration between the House of Art Gallery and The City College of New York, showcasing the talent of Justin Bua and Dan Ericson. Bua’s and Ericson’s work came together for an inspiring exploration of hip-hop’s evolution, illustrating its New York City roots and expressing its multi-faceted nature. Bua’s and Ericson’s work created a visual re(mix) of media that fused old-school art styles with new school An image from “Taino: Joyas del Arte” exhibit
ones. This resulted in a diverse landscape of the past and present alike.
at the historical origins and development of Taino society in the Caribbean,
ventional ways; Ericson with his unique usage of salvaged street signs,
specifically on Hispaniola (today the Dominican Republic and the Republic
creating messages that are both visual and written, and Bua in his charac-
of Haiti). The exhibit, and subsequent forum, explored and presented the
teristic genre self-dubbed “distorted urban realism,” as recognizable as it
latest research on the central role the Taino played in the formation of Do-
is powerful. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Executive
minican society. A photo exhibit featured selected images from the collec-
Director of Arts and Culture in the Office of Government and Community
tor’s edition of “Taino: Joyas del Arte Taino/Jewels of Taino Art.”
Photos: Elena Romero
The renowned artists manipulated a distinctly 1980’s vocabulary in uncon-
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Exhibits at the Center CWE Art Gallery Shines with Diverse Artwork and Photography Installations
“El Músico y el Pintor/The Musician and the Painter: An Exhibit Documenting the Lifetime, Work, and Artistic Trajectory of Two Early Twentieth Century Dominican Artists in New York” April 1-April 30, 2013
by Galindo, is a composite of two words: Manhattan,” the Lenape-Algon-
“El Músico y el Pintor/The Musician and the Painter: An Exhibit Document-
cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art, and public art.
ing the Lifetime, Work, and Artistic Trajectory of Two Early Twentieth Cen-
Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Galindo studied visual Arts at the National
tury Dominican Artists in New York” showcased images of selected materi-
Autonomous University of Mexico. His work is in numerous private and
als from two CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives’ Collections: The
public collections, and his drawings have appeared in The New Yorker,
Rafael Petitón Guzmán Collection and the Tito Enrique Cánepa Jiménez
The New York Times, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest,
Time for Kids, Nickelodeon, Mad, Narrative, INXart and in European pub-
The exhibit consisted of 16 panels, documents, photographs, musical
lications like The International Herald Tribune, Ode, Private Eye, Prospect,
scores, and paintings from the Dominican Archives collections that high-
The Spectator, Oldie, Nebelspalter, and Hauser. He has received grants
light the careers of musician Rafael Petitón Guzmán and painter Tito En-
from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Northern Manhattan Arts
rique Cánepa. The archival collections of both artists provided a remarkable
Alliance, National Association of Latino Arts Council, New York State
glimpse of early 20th century cultural history of Dominicans and Latinos in
Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, US/Mexico Fund for Culture,
New York City. Maestros Petitón Guzmán and Cánepa were enormously in-
and the Latino Public Broadcasting consortia. Additional awards include:
fluential in their chosen professions. They contributed to the development
“People’s Award,” International Knokke-Heist 2011, Belgium, The United
of new hybrid artistic forms that combine traditional and modern elements
Nations Correspondents Association Award, Greek Ministry of Culture
and incorporate styles from different cultures.
Honor, Cambridge Latino Film Festival, San Antonio Cine Festival, Ajijic
quin name for the island and Tenochtitlán, the Aztec name for Mexico City. The series consisted of ink and watercolor drawings on paper and three short animations. It has been exhibited, published, and screened worldwide. Galindo is known for his humorous art in a variety of media, including
Film Festival, and Omiya Festival, Japan.
Sandy Stories-Organized Labor Rebuilds New York June 6, 2013-Present Photo: Elena Romero
The NYS AFL-CIO and The Workforce Development Institute presented Sandy Stories-Organized Labor Rebuilds New York, an exhibit of photos taken by workers during and after Hurricane Sandy. The opening reception was held on June 6 at the Center for Worker Education. The reception was held in conjunction with the Labor & Working Class History Association Nelson Santana, Assistant Archivist and Assistant Librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, during “El Músico y el Pintor” exhibit.
(LAWCHA) National Conference. The reception followed a panel discussion entitled Hurricane Sandy Stories: A Worker’s Perspective.
Screen Shots: Video Music Box 30-Year Retrospective May 10, 2013-June 3, 2013 To celebrate Video Music Box (VMB)’s 30-year anniversary, legendary veejay Ralph McDaniels curated Screen Shots, a retrospective look at his music show’s impact on public television. It made its debut during the Fourth Annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference. The foundation for the concept of Screen Shots was anchored around the utilization of VMB’s extensive library of event coverage, interviews, and performances recorded and presented in framed still shot format with
Manhatitlan May 3rd – June 14, 2013 New York-based immigrant artist Felipe Galindo (a.k.a. Feggo) exhibited his award-winning series of artworks featuring comical interpretations of Mexican and American cultural symbols. “Manhatitlan,” a word invented
L-R: Manhatitlan: Lunch Break VMB30 Screen Shots: The Juice Crew Sandy Stories: The Clean Up
Photos: Elena Romero
complementary narrative provided by McDaniels.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT CWE Wins First Prize at the CUNY-Wide Annual Student Speech Contest ECE Student Christopher Nickerson becomes first CCNY Student to Win
ity College Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education sophomore Christopher Nickerson, 27, took top prize in the 2013 Student Speech Competition during the City University of New
York (CUNY)-wide annual speech competition, marking the first time one of City College’s students won. “Third-Party Candidates...: Freedom of Choice in America” was the title of Nickerson’s speech, which he gave at York College at the meeting of the CUNY League of Active Speech Professors (CLASP), which sponsored the competition. Nickerson attended the competition with his entire family and speech teacher Dr. Robin Levenson. An Early Childhood Education (ECE) major, Nickerson gave a politically persuasive speech discussing the reasons why the U.S. should have more than just the Democrats and Republications debating during the presidential elections. He stressed the importance of third party candidates and of offering choices when running for public office. Nickerson was the next-to-last contestant and blew everyone away with his presentation. He mesmerized the judges with his enthusiasm, persuasive powers, articulation, and use of language, voice, and body in his well-documented and delivered
Photo: Elena Romero
speech. “I was so proud to have coached him. We worked tirelessly outside of class this semester, and all our hard work paid off. This top prize is quite a coup for Chris and CWE, as City College has never won the contest before,” said Dr. Robin Levenson, Adjunct Assistant Professor at CWE who sponsored and coached Nickerson for the contest. Nickerson’s speech came from a shorter version of a speech he had written during Levenson’s Foundations of
Christopher Nickerson, his trophy and Dr. Robin Levenson
Speech class given last fall. “We are so lucky to have him in our Department.” According to Dr. Levenson, Nickerson practiced rigorously and was able to practice his speech in front of Prof. Andrew Aprile’s Sociology of Education class. Nickerson competed against top speech students throughout CUNY including LaGuardia, York, City Tech, Bronx Community College, Baruch, and Queens College. Photos: Courtesy of the Nickerson family
CWE students and faculty were invited May 8 to a special ceremony to congratulate Nickerson in winning First Place at the CUNY CLASP Speech Competition. All who attended were able to hear Nickerson deliver his winning speech. Nickerson’s engraved CLASP trophy will be on display at the Center for the year.
Christopher Nickerson with his fiancée
Christopher Nickerson with his parents
Photo: Elena Romero
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Student Spotlight Petey Goes to College Yorkie Service Dog of ECE Student Beth Kraimer Becomes Popular at CWE
all 2012 marked the first time Petey attended college. The service
Kraimer. “Not only does he relieve the stress of everyone he comes in
dog of ECE student Beth Kraimer, Petey has become popular with
contact with, but he puts a smile on everyone’s faces too.”
students at the Center. The nine-year-old Yorkie accompanies
Kraimer everywhere she goes. “He has changed my life completely,” says Kraimer. “He’s my therapy dog and we’ve volunteered at Beth Israel for many years. Petey’s been featured in the hospital’s video campaign.”
Petey, like CWE students, works very hard. In addition to being a service dog, he also models. Petey has been seen in Vogue and Cosmo. He has modeled for Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Ave, Target, Juicy Couture, just to name a few. Petey’s been featured on TV and has posed
At Beth Israel Hospital, the volunteer dog often gets recognized and
for five published books. He even is the inspiration behind a pet fashion
stopped in the hallway. The same can be said at CWE. Petey has especially
line called Petey’s Closet.
been known for his fashionable outfits and sporty footwear. Kraimer has at least 30 pairs of dog shoes for Petey to keep his paws clean. His wardrobe varies and on any given day he can be seen in tees and track suits to rain gear.
Once class starts, it is all business. Petey maintains quiet with an occasional snore during class. “Everyone looks forward to seeing Petey at school, even the students we haven’t met yet all smile,” says Kraimer. As Kraimer becomes more involved in her field of early childhood, she plans
Kraimer, who for 30 years served as a licensed massage therapist,
to write a book about her dog. She hopes “Petey’s Busy Day in New York
decided to pursue her life-long dream of teaching children at CWE. Petey
City” will one day be introduced into classrooms across the world so Petey
accompanies Kraimer to every class. “He became an instant star,” says
can live on forever.
From Left: The very stylish Petey has become quite a sensation at the Center.
Photos: courtesy of Beth Kraimer
ECE student Beth Kraimer and her service dog Petey at Adoptapalooza.
Petey’s Busy Day in New York City book cover.
Petey Crusin’ throughout New York City.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Welcome to Serve Active Volunteer Katie Kistner Becomes CWE Valedictorian
transfer student from Montana State and FIT, Katie Kistner began her CWE journey in 2009. From the beginning, she maintained a stellar cumulative GPA and graduated with a 3.986 GPA.
“The key ingredients to my success have been the support I have received from my professors, the shared vision of my classmates, and believing in the value of an education,” says Kistner. Outside of the classroom, Kistner is an accomplished account director at New York City’s leading advertising agency, JWT. Since beginning her career in advertising in 2002, Kistner has worked on a number of brands, including Clearasil, Charles Schwab, Zac Posen, Triscuit, and Citibank. In her spare time, Katie is an active volunteer at the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, and NYCares, where she has led events ranging from cleaning city parks to teaching adults computer basics. Kistner is in the process of applying to a teach abroad program in Cambodia through Global Service Corps where she will work to improve English literacy in the classroom. She is also writing a series of short stories that juxtapose relationships between teens and adults. Kistner was recently awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. After graduation, she plans to pursue an M.A in English with the intention of teaching English literature and philosophy at the college level.
All smiles at CCNY Commencement.
Photos: Elena Romero
Photo: courtesy of Juan Carlos Mercado
Kistner delivering commencement speech at CWE Divisional Ceremony. Kistner ready to march in CCNY Commencement.
Katie Kistner with CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado and CWE Salutatorian Tefany Santana at CCNY Pre-Commencement event.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT The Peacekeeper United Nations Employee Tefany Santana Becomes CWE Salutatorian
orn and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn to Dominican parents, Tefany Santana grew up remembering her father going to work and her mom staying-at-home with her and her sister. The
loving memories she had of those moments came to an end way too soon when her mom passed away after giving birth to her brother when she was just seven years old. As the eldest, she grew up ahead of her time. At age 18, she landed a job as a data entry clerk with the United Nations. She found an apartment. She filed petition for custody of her siblings and won. Throughout her years in the UN, she has been able to work in three different departments, each affording her a wealth of knowledge and experience. While working for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Santana has had the opportunity, on two different occasions, to travel to Sudan to assist with recruiting employees for the UN mission in that country. She took advantage of the fact that she was already on that side of the world and traveled to Uganda, Egypt, Dubai, and Cyprus. In fall of 2007, Santana enrolled at CWE. Through her academic journey at the Center, she saw her Photo: Elena Romero
brother graduate with his Bachelors of Science in Biology and her sister attend nursing school and become a licensed nurse practitioner. With a newfound love for fitness and health, Santanaâ€™s life goal has been to help people, and she will continue to do so, particularly for the Dominican community. Santana wants to play an important role in helping them lead healthy, fruitful lives free of illness.
Photo: Island Photography
Tefany Santana at CCNY Commencement.
Tefany Santana delivers powerful speech at CWE Divisional Ceremony.
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GREAT GRAD The Art of Perseverance Nelson Santana Earns M.A. in the Study of the Americas while Working at CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
elson Santana has become an exemplary role model for his family. Born in the Dominican Republic, he became the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree. Now, he has gone
further, completing a master’s in the Study of the Americas at CCNY’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies with a 4.0 GPA. And, he did it while working full-time as an assistant archivist and assistant librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. “Nelson is a concrete representation of the kind of students that attend the Center for Worker Education, CCNY, and CUNY at large,” says Dr. Ramona Hernández, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. “Coming from very impoverished socioeconomic background, Nelson has not allowed this circumstance to stop him from achieving his educational goals.” Santana pursued graduate work in the Study the Americas at CWE because it incorporated his love of culture and his ability to study Latin America and the Caribbean. For his thesis, he wrote on “The Political Theology of Juan Paulino’s Club Cívico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte.” His thesis aimed to show how Roman Catholicism helped fuel the founding of one of the earliest Dominican organizations and creation of the statue of Juan Pablo Photos: Elena Romero
Duarte. Nelson isn’t resting on his laurels. With one master’s degree on his resume, he will begin work toward an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, supported by a Dean’s fellowship. Once he’s done, he intends to earn a Ph.D.
Nelson Santana at the CCNY Commencement.
“Nelson is a concrete representation of the kind of students that attend the Center for Worker Education, CCNY, and CUNY at large. “Coming from very impoverished socioeconomic background, Nelson has not allowed this circumstance to stop him from achieving his educational goals.” Nelson Santana works as an assistant archivist and assistant librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.
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Alumni Update CWE Alumni Group Increases Volunteer Efforts Alumni members place extra focus on helping others and community service
he CWE Alumni Group is fortunate to have the support of hundreds of enthusiastic and dedicated alumni members who serve on its executive board, board of directors and committees and
who continue to donate their time and energy in organizing the Group’s many social and community service events. Volunteering has its rewards. “It gives our members an opportunity to come together and give back to the CWE community,” says Lebab Fallin, president of the CWE Alumni Group and member of the graduating class of 2008. “Profits from our theater nights and bake sales go toward Student Awards for returning CWE students.” The CWE Alumni Group emphasizes on helping the CWE community first. “Volunteering gives our members an opportunity to connect with the students, make new friends, build camaraderie, and have fun in the process,” says Fallin. “Giving back to CWE students is important. Any participation in CWE events helps us stay visual and connect with students who can be future members.” It also gives back to the outside community. Alumni members have participated in the distribution of Christmas dinners in Harlem to people in need to volunteering at a benefits concert to help support a women’s shelter. Last year, for the third year, its members participated in the St. Andrew Episcopal Church’s Annual “Christmas Day Dinners for the Homeless.” Members of the CWE Alumni Group distributed over 150 dinners to Harlem residents who are in need and homeless Fallin says the CWE Alumni Group plans to expand its community volunteer efforts next year. “We are thinking of either participating in an AIDS walk or Cancer walk.”
Photos: Courtesy of the CWE Alumni Group
CWE Alumni have been volunteering in the St. Andrew Episcopal Church’s Annual “Christmas Day Dinners for the Homeless” for the past three years.
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Alumni Spotlight The Battle They Didn’t Choose CWE Alum Jennifer Merendino’s Fight with Breast Cancer told through the Lens of her Husband Former CWE Student Angelo Merendino
heir black & white photos have been seen throughout the world and
executive assistant and started CWE in spring 2006. “She always planned
their story has made the headlines in every major media outlet. The
on completing her degree,” recalls her husband. “She had to go in the
photographs are as much about their battle with breast cancer as it is
evening. She found CWE and saw it was a great place to accommodate
a testament to their unbelievable love for one another and life.
her work schedule.”
CWE Alum Jennifer Merendino’s fight with breast cancer was captured
Shortly after she started at CWE, the two began dating. “I knew at first sight
through the lens of her husband, former CWE student Angelo Merendino
I would marry her,” Merendino says. Six months later, Merendino packed up
Jen and Angelo’s first kiss as husband and wife.
as a mechanism of communicating with family and friends. In spite of her
his belongings and flew to New York with an engagement ring in his pocket.
death on December 22, 2011, her spirit lives forever in the powerful photo
“I sold everything except my cameras, drums and my cat,” says Meren-
collection entitled “The Battle
dino. “One of Jen’s best friends
We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s
Beth helped me find a ring and
Fight with Breast Cancer.” Over
she knew her ring size. I picked
72,000 people have liked them
the ring and asked her parents
on Facebook and the photos
for permission.” That night, Oc-
will soon be made into a book.
tober 3, 2006, at their favorite Italian restaurant—Frank’s in
Jen, as she was affectionately
posed. Less than a year later,
Ohio in 2005. A transfer student
they were married in Central
from the University of Akron and Cleveland State University, Jen landed a job at Kiehl’s as an
Park surrounded by 50 of their The Happy Newlyweds: September 1, 2007.
Jen and Angelo’s Wedding in Central Park drew close friends and family.
closest family and friends. “I
Photos: Rich Bogart
the Lower East Side— he pro-
called, moved to New York from
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Alumni Spotlight The Battle They Didn’t Choose CWE Alum Jennifer Merendino’s Fight with Breast Cancer told through the Lens of her Husband Former CWE Student Angelo Merendino was 42 and Jen was 34,” says Merendino of their non-traditional wedding. Merendino wore Chuck Taylor’s (sneakers) and Jen, her flip-flops. “We had been through enough relationships and knew what we didn’t want. It was Jen and me vs. the world.” Five months after they were married, Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer. Merendino had started classes at CWE months earlier. “My time at CWE inspired me to have new thoughts and different ways of thinking,” he says. “I was very inspired by the instructors who were dedicated to helping us as adults to continue our education.” Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish school. When Jen was diagnosed with cancer, Merendino’s focus became taking care of her. Jen, who had ambitions of being a schoolteacher, graduated
Jen’s beautiful smile.
magna cum laude from CWE in February 2010. Merendino started documenting Jen’s day-to-day life with cancer that same year. Jen also kept a blog and was open about her experience. Their first exhibit was held in Cleveland a month before Jen died. “Jen was in the hospital at the time,” says Merendino. “She called in on the phone to speak to everyone. It was really amazing to be in this room and hear her voice come through. I knew things weren’t going well. I was glad that before she passed she saw the photographs in this way.” After Jen’s passing, for much of 2012, Merendino stood in front of his computer screen looking at photographs and editing them as a way of dealing with his loss. “Different photographs have different meanings,” says Mer-
Jen painting her nails at a window.
endino, who plans to start a non-profit in Jen’s honor. Nine exhibits have been showcased up until now. “I hope when people see our photographs, they can see past the cancer and see the love in the photographs and the life that Jennifer was determined to live.” For more on the exhibit, go to www.mywifesfightwithbreastcancer.com
Photos: Angelo Merendino
Jen receiving chemotherapy push.
Jen and Angelo in the ocean.
Angelo shaving Jen’s head at the hospital.
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CCNY Commencement A look at CWE at the 167th CCNY College Wide Commencement Ceremony
espite the scorching weather and all-day heat advisory, CWE students celebrated and rejoiced as they attended the 167th CCNY Commencement
on the main campus. With over 4,000 people in attendance, the event was quite a spectacle. CWE students were the first group to walk and they cheered all the way to their seats. They were in great company as attendees included Senator Chuck Schumer, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and C. Virginia Fields of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
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CWE Divisional GRADUATION Ceremony CWE Hosts its Graduation Ceremony at Aaron Davis Hall
he CWE Divisional Ceremony at Aaron Davis Hall was packed to capacity as undergraduate and graduate students gathered to celebrate this joyous occasion. The CCNY Beaver mascot made a guest
appearance and vendors decorated the front lawn for the first time. CWE valedictorian Katie Kistner and Salutatorian Tefany Santana gave motivational speeches while Professor Michelle Sweeting-DeCaro inspired the
audience to “believe.”
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Student Affairs The Office of Student Affairs Comes to CWE CWE Students can now Enjoy Professional Development Workshops and More
he Office of Student Affairs at the Center for Worker Education is a
health insurance options. The office also co-sponsored three Info Sessions
newly created office dedicated to supporting the educational, per-
for CWE veterans during the fall semester. It was also instrumental in the
sonal and professional goals of the adult learner. The Office of Stu-
expansion of computer lab services for students with disabilities.
dent Affairs opened its doors fall semester 2012 as a satellite office of the Division of Student Affairs. Reporting to the VP of Student Affairs and in partnership with the Dean of CWE, the office strives to make the educational experience of the returning and non-traditional student a rewarding one. The office is headed by Dr. Sophia Demetriou, Executive Director of Student Affairs.
In order to identify and assess the needs of the CWE student, the office has developed a Needs Survey which was administered spring 2013. Furthermore, in our efforts to enhance the quality and delivery of programs and services, the office utilizes an Office Satisfaction Survey. To gauge student learning outcomes, a Student Evaluation of Learning survey was developed and utilized for the career panels. CWE Student Affairs uses CAS & NACE
Through individual appointments and professional development work-
standards as a guide and benchmark in the development of its programs
shops, the office helps students clarify goals and discover pathways to
and services and in the assessment of student learning outcomes.
more meaningful and satisfying careers as well as develop the knowledge, skills and competencies critical for professional success. Students and recent alumni are provided career exploration and planning assistance which includes resume and cover letter preparation; graduate school admissions and job search assistance. It has delivered 10 workshops; eight clinics; two career panels: a Careers in Human Services Panel which attracted over 27 students; and a Careers in Communications panel in the Spring with 18 students attending. The Graduate School Admissions Prep Workshop in the fall attracted over 17 students. In addition, students were provided oneon-one assistance with applications and personal statements. The Office also partnered with Student Government to host its first â€œSpring Socialâ€? for fall & spring new students. The office also serves as the liaison to uptown student services. During the fall, it was the initial point of contact for Zone A students seeking hurricane emergency assistance. To foster humanitarian and civic engagement, CWE Student Affairs spearheaded a clothing drive for Hurricane Sandy victims as well as a Voter Registration Drive. To promote health and wellness, several health insurance tabling events were offered to provide information on
The CWE Grad Salute attracted over 100 graduating students for graduation-related products and services. Photos: Elena Romero
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Staff Spotlight Modern Management Dr. Sophia Demetriou Brings Office of Student Affairs to CWE
r. Sophia Demetriou recently joined CWE as the Executive Director
in pursuing their degree and understanding what it took them to earn them.
for Student Affairs. Her goal was to create an office that would play
We have a microcosm of an organization that really supports students. It’s
an important role in the coordination and delivery of services that
a model to be replicated elsewhere on a larger scale because it succeeds,”
will support the out-of-classroom experience of the CWE adult learner. She has already succeeded.
she says. Next year, Dr. Demetriou hopes to expand the services offered through her
Since the opening of the office in fall 2012, Dr. Demetriou has been busy
office including the implementation of a senior orientation and starting a
providing one-on-one career advisement; workshops on graduate school
peer mentoring program.
preparation; career panels on professions in the human services and communications; cover letter and resume writing; and hosting academic information sessions for veterans. In addition, the CWE Office of Student Affairs, in partnership with CWE Student Government, offered a spring social and a new student get-together. Dr. Demetriou has over 20 years of experience in management and administration on the university level. Dr. Demetriou began her academic career on the faculty side. After earning her Ph.D. and teaching at Monclair State University and York College, her interest grew in college programs and program development. “I was interested in programs and how they met the needs of students,” she says. Dr. Demetriou would go on to hold positions that included: Director of the Office of Cooperative Education & Internship Programs at Queens College; Co-op Coordinator and Continuing Education Program Assistant at York College - where her interest in program development and administration intensified, thus leading her to pursue a career in administration. She also taught Spanish Language & Literature as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at York College and at Montclair State Photo: Jeff Clapp
University. She holds a BA/MA from Queens College and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. As the former Director of the Career Center at City College on the main campus, Dr. Demetriou developed a client base of over 500 companies in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and integrated career services
Dr. Sophia Demetriou at the CWE Latin Honors Ceremony.
into a comprehensive career development system. Her introduction to CWE began four years ago when Dean Juan Carlos Mercado asked her to pay a visit to the Center. “As a result, I wanted to extend the reach of the Career Center,” says Dr. Demetriou, who is an active member of numerous professional organizations. “I was impressed by it. I liked the organized feel to it and felt we needed to bring career services down here.” Dr. Demetriou started having a person come down to the Center a few days out of the week to assist with student-related matters. Now the Center is fortunate to have these services on a full-time basis. Photo: Mohammed Kahn
“I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” says Dr. Demetriou. “It’s been very rewarding. The adult population acknowledges the service that is provided to them and really run with it. I look forward to continuing that and look forward to expanding the services.” The CWE Office of Student Affairs is open Monday through Thursday, 10am-7pm and Fridays, 10am-6pm. “What I admire and respect about our students is the persistence and the focus our population of students have
Dr. Sophia Demetriou and the CCNY Beaver mascot at the CWE Divisional ceremony.
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HOME-WORK Anthropologist Susanna Rosenbaum studies the relationships between Latina domestic workers and their employers
r. Susanna Rosenbaum,
transforms the processes of self- and nation-making for women in both
an anthropologist whose
work has focused on the
relationships between Latina domestic workers and their employers, has recently joined the CWE faculty. Her expertise on Latino/a experiences has added to the depth of the many Latino/a voices already here at the Center. Her research and teachings
Dr. Susanna Rosenbaum
are centered on the issues
of immigration, race, and citizenship; gendered labor and neoliberalism; kinship and reproduction; and the Americas. She is currently completing her manuscript, “Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in L.A.”, for publication with Duke University Press. Based on ethnographic
She earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from New York University. Her research focused on domestic service-immigrants and their employers. Before joining CWE, she served as Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, as well as Visiting Assistant Professor and Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. She also was a Visiting Professor in Latino Studies at Rutgers University. “What I teach is about what is going on in people’s lives,” says Dr. Rosenbaum. Her next research project will focus on immigrant women conducting direct sales with companies like Avon, Mary Kay and Herbal Life. Dr. Rosenbaum teaches a variety of classes at the Center including “Anthropology of Health and Healing,” “Anthropology of Gender,” “Latinos and Migration,” “Race and Gender in the Americas” as part of the graduate program; and will teach “Global Intimacies” in the fall says Dr. Rosenbaum.
fieldwork with Mexican and Central American domestic workers and their (primarily white) middle-class employers in Los Angeles, this monograph explores how domestic service simultaneously facilitates, complicates, and
HISTORY IN THE MAKING Justin Williams Develops Curricula Devoted to Africa’s Multi-Faceted History and Current Affairs
r. Justin Williams has
Dr. Williams started teaching in 2007 and two years later, began teaching
always been good at
at the Center. As a CWE adjunct, he taught courses like “Comparative
knowing random facts.
Slavery” and “Core Social Science.” As Assistant Professor, he currently
So, he applied that to history. In college, he began to read everything not talked about or traditionally taught in school from firsthand accounts of native history to civil rights history, especially on ways the government spied on people. A historian, Dr. Williams’ work
Dr. Justin Williams
has focused on the rich and
varied quilt-work of the African diaspora. Dr. Williams became the first in his family to graduate from college. He obtained a B.A. in history from Columbia College, Missouri and his Ph.D in history from Stony Brook
teaches in both the B.A. and M.A. programs. “My teaching experience has been great,” says Dr. Williams. “I’m in an environment where I know students by name, they are accountable and they are engaged. People come here with a mission. Students have a real world understanding and concrete circumstances in their lives.” Dr. Williams will be a presenter at the 7th Biennial meeting of Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on October 30th-November 2. He currently has an article entitled ““Rawlings Revolution” and the rediscovery of the African Diaspora in Ghana (1983-Present)” being considered for publication in African Studies. He is also working on turning his doctoral research, “Pan-Africanism in One Country: African Socialism, Neo-Liberalism and Globalization in Ghana” into a book manuscript.
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Carlos Aguasaco, Ph.D. • Presenter, “¿Cuál es el futuro de la poesía? De sus crisis ontológicas a la inestabilidad de la metáfora”. I Encuentro Internacional en Torno a Paradigmas Poéticos y Narrativos. Guadalajara (Mexico) Museo de Arqueología de Occidente. December 1, 2012. • Presenter, “¿El poema es propiedad privada? Una po-ética que desborda el capital y propone la publciación anónima.” International Colloquium “Temas y problemas de la poesía latinoamericana actual.” CCNY Center For Worker Education. New York October 18, 2012. • Aguasaco, Carlos. ¡No contaban con mi astucia! México: parodia, nación y sujeto en la serie televisiva de ‘El Chapulín Colorado’. Under contract with Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Release date expected Fall 2013-Spring 2014. • Aguasaco, Carlos. “Causalidad textual: el poema como centón de la historia”. Antología del Festival latinoamericano de Poesía Ciudad de Nueva York. New York: Academia Norteamericana de la lengua española & Urpi, 2012. 11-15. ---. La poesía de Yrene Santos: sujeto emergente y escritura. Contratiempo 101, Feb. 2013: 21. ---. “Causalidad textual: el poema como centón de la historia”. Antología del Festival latinoamericano de Poesía Ciudad de Nueva York. New York: Academia Norteamericana de la lengua española & Urpi, 2012. 11-15. ---. “Prólogo.” Apartar lo blanco de la luz, 30 poetas ecuatorianos del siglo XXI. Ed. Augusto Rodríguez. Monterrey, Nuevo León: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León & Homo Scriptum, 2012. 9-18. - - - . “Las parabolas de Lilith –Prólogo-”. Todos mis héroes by Alexandra Botto. Monterrey, Nuevo León: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León & Homo Scriptum, 2012. 9-11. ---. Antología de poetas hermafroditas. Under contract with Amargord Ediciones. Madrid, Spain. Release date expected Fall 2013.
Interviewing the Dakota People.” 2013 Annual meeting of the Oral History Association, Oklahoma City, October 9-13, 2013. Joanna Clapps Herman, M.F.A. • “Visiting Our Dead,” an essay, Religions special issue on “Love, Loss, and the Supernatural” Fall, 2013, (Forthcoming). • No Longer and Not Yet: Short Stories, 2014 SUNY Press, (Forthcoming). •“Stitching Our Voices Together,” Embroidered Lines and Cut Threads: Women’s Domestic Needlework in the Italian Diaspora, Edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, University of Mississippi Press, Forthcoming. • “Psychic Arrangements,” She is Everywhere! Volume 3: An Anthology of Writings in She Is Everywhere! Volume 3.Mary Saracino. iUniverse February 15, 2012 • “His Big Romance,” Two Bridges, Issue # 2, Winter 2013. • “The Smell of Language” Italian Americana, Summer 2012. Ronald Kopp, M.A. • Director with Arnold Mittelman, “The Soap Myth” (82 minutes). Premiere at the Museum of Tolerance, New York, May 13th, 2013. • Director, “I Will Refuse to Bubble: History & Theater as Defiance” (35 minutes). Premiere at the Museum of Tolerance, New York, May 13th, 2013. • Series Creator, FLICR (Film Learning in the ClassRoom), The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education • Presenter, “Informational Papers on FLICR” at Sencer Conference (Metropolitan College of New York) and at the Copernicus Society of Vienna, 2012. Robin Levenson, Ph.D. • Faculty Advisor, Christopher Nickerson, first prize winner of CLASP Speech Competition. York College, March 2013.
- - - . “Nueva York, Bajo esta piel mestizo duerme un enano and Destino Manhattan”. Revista Hetergénea II (2013): 47-49.
• Judge, Poetry Out Loud, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the NY State Council on the Arts. University Settlement, February 22, 2013.
- - - . “ En el bastidor del mundo”. Revista va de nuez. 21 (2012): 21-24.
• Winner, grant for Speech Workshop, Hunter College, May 2013.
- - - . “Beneath this Mestizo Skin Sleeps a Midget” Phati’tude Literary Magazine: WHAT’S IN A NOMBRE? Writing Latin@ Identity in America. 3 (2012): 145.
Joe Liddicoat, Ph.D. • Presenter, “Informational Papers on FLICR” at Sencer Conference (Metropolitan College of New York) and at the Copernicus Society of Vienna, 2012.
• Translator, “La balada de la navaja mariposa” a translation of Seamus Sacanlon’s @The Butterfly Love Song”. Cronopio 38. Jan. 2013. Available at http://www.revistacronopio.com/?tag=la-balada-de-la-navaja-mariposa • Poetry Reading/Discussion. “Con el verso en la mirada.” 10th Poetry Festival of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. August 17th, 2012.
Liege Motta, M.S.Ed. • Presenter, “Making Books for and with Children” and “The Rights of Children” at NYCAEYC (New York City Association for the Education of Young Children), May 2013.
• “Poetry Reading/Discussion. “Confluencia entre franjas y estrellas”. 10th Poetry Festival of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. “ August 16th, 2012:
• Presenter, “Making Books for and with Children,” at NYCAEYC (New York State Association for the Education of Young Children), April 2013.
Deborah Edwards-Anderson, M.A. Candidate • Panelist, Guess Who’s Coming to Interview: Oral History Across the Color Line. 2013 Annual meeting of the Oral History Association, Oklahoma City, October 9-13, 2013.
Warren Orange, M.A. • Conference Organizer, Fourth Annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference. The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, May 10, 2013.
• Presenter, “What Are You Willing to Share? Oral History and the Ethics of
• Panelist, “Higher Learning: Using Hip-Hop Education to Transform
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Schools and Communities.” The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, September 13, 2012.
opment Workshop” with community partner, Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union (NTFU), fall 2012.
• Conference Organizer, Third Annual “Is Hip Hop History? Conference. The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, February 24-25, 2012.
• Writer, “Issues in Engaged Scholarship” as part of Colin L. Powell Center for Service and Leadership’s working papers.
Elena Romero, M.S. • Conference Organizer, Fourth Annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference. The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, May 10, 2013. • Moderator, “Latinos in Hip Hop” at the “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference. The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, May 10, 2013. • Lecturer, “Brooklyn’s Finest” excerpt Reading and discussion from “Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry” as part of the HIVE Fashion Lecture Series. Brooklyn Public Library, April 17, 2013.
• Susanna Schaller and Gabriella Modan. Forthcoming in Fall 2013. “Business Improvement Districts.” In The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion edited by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore. Actar Publishing. • Working with Cornell ILR - Worker Institute project on union strategies around the provision of child care and early childhood education. • Mildred Warner, Susanna Schaller and Simon Black -- “Linking Child Care and Union Strategy in NYC” to be presented at Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Meeting in St. Louis, MO in June 2013.
• Guest Appearance, “WOW” TV show, hosted by Joumanna Kidd, January 2013.
• Research presentation, “Neoliberal Governance and the Discourse of Urban Marketization: Policy Discourses Surrounding Business Improvements in the US and Germany” funded by PSC-CUNY. Provost’s Travel award recipient to present paper.
• Host, launch party for “Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry.” Harlem Habadashery, September 12, 2012.
• Participant, AESOP / ACSP Planning Conference, July 15-19, Dublin, Ireland.
• Panelist, “Higher Learning: Using Hip-Hop Education to Transform Schools and Communities.” The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, September 13, 2012.
• Provost’s Travel award to present above paper.
• Organizer and moderator, “The Hip Hop Factor.” Fashion institute of Technology, April 19, 2012. • Lecturer, “Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry.” NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library, April 18, 2012. • Conference Organizer, Third Annual “Is Hip Hop History? Conference. The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, February 24-25, 2012. Susanna Rosenbaum, Ph.D. • Participant, “Imagining the ‘Domestic’: Rethinking National Boundaries Through Engagements with Paid Domestic Employment.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2012. San Francisco, CA.
Michelle Sweeting-Decaro, M.A. • Presenter, “The Changing Role of Writing Centers in Literacy Instruction” at Write On! Writing Consultants Connecting the Bridge at CUNY Conference on Best Practices in Reading/Writing Instruction. LaGuardia Community College, November, 2012. Justin Williams, Ph.D. • Writer, “”Rawlings Revolution” and the Rediscovery of the African Diaspora in Ghana (1983-Present),” African Studies, forthcoming. • Presenter, 7th Biennial meeting of Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 30-November 2, 2013.. • Writer, book manuscript on Pan-Africanism and the politics of Ghana.
• Presenter, “Domestic Disturbances: Immigrant Workers, Middle-Class Employers, and the American Dream in Los Angeles,” Latin American and Latino Studies Speaker Series, Queens College, April 4, 2013.
Martin Woessner, Ph.D. • Woessner, Martin. “Provincializing Human Rights? The Heideggerian Legacy from Charles Malik to Dipesh Chakrabarty” in Jose Manuel Barreto, ed., Human Rights from a Third-World Perspective (Cambdigde: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), 65-101.
• Roundtable discussant, “Organizing Domestic workers in New York, London, and Los Angeles.” Labor and Working-Class History Association Annual Conference. June 2013. New York, NY.
• Woessner, Martin. “Angst across the Channel: Existentialism in Britain” in Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken, eds., Situating Existentialism (Columbia University Press, 2012), 145-179.
• Participant, “’American’ Dreams: Hope and Success among Immigrant Women in Los Angeles.” 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, August 2013. Manchester, UK.
• Woessner, Martin. Review of History in the Plural: An Introduction to the Work of Reinhart Koselleck, by Niklas Olsen, The American Historical Review 118:1 (2013): 150-151.
• Attendee, “Todos Sacrifican: Immigrant Organizing and the Meanings of (Domestic) Work.” Society for the Study of Social Problems. Annual Meeting, August 2013. New York, NY
• Woessner, Martin. Review of Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights, by Ethna Regan, Human Rights Review 13:1 (2012): 131133.
Susanna F. Schaller, Ph.D., AICP • Service Learning Instructor, “Grassroots Power: Local Economic Devel-
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