Office of the Dean

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance:
Your safety is our top priority, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, CCNY will continue to share updates. Click here for updates CCNY, CUNY and NYC Health.

August 3rd, 2020

Dear CWE Community,
 
As we enter what is for us the fifth month of our new reality, it’s an opportune time to again thank all of you for your outstanding and highly effective work in spite of the countless challenges, concerns and pressures brought by COVID into everyday life. The global pandemic has left nothing untouched, including Academia.   While these changes were unforeseeable just a few short months ago, you have been unwavering in your dedication to one another, to students and to our own community, while making necessary changes and successfully adapting our teaching model. As we navigate the pandemic, I continue to emphasize that at CWE the safety, health and well-being of all of you continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.   In this environment, we have seen our College quickly adjust to these uncertain times. It is worth noting that CWE has shown itself to be adept at adapting to disruptive new realities, specifically the move to distance learning. The COVID-19 crisis has precipitated a sea change in the way we teach. Perhaps in a post-COVID world, there may be more flexibility with a hybrid classroom-home model.    Society is simultaneously facing the debilitating effects of racial injustice, which demands long-overdue action. During this time, we have recommitted to listening, to learning, and most importantly, to action in support of justice for all people, especially those who have been marginalized. We understand the power of our voice and the responsibility that comes with it. For certain, as we set down this course, we will make mistakes along the way. And when we do, it’s essential that we recognize our mistakes, apologize fully, as appropriate, and improve as a result of the experience -- as individuals and as a College community.   Besides the strength of our faculty, staff and students, and our offerings, there are very few certainties right now, other than that uncertainty will continue. The only way forward is to continue to be flexible and to continue to be kind and to care about and for one another. I urge you to utilize all the resources the Institution has provided, to lean on one another, and to please reach out for support when you need it.
 
As you already know, all our classes in the fall will be on distance learning modality. In the last few weeks, we have been working on a plan to reopening our facility.  While following the guidelines of the College, our reality is different, therefore we have our own plan. We will be open with minimal personnel.  Keeping in mind the safety and health of everyone, we will give special attention to the front desk area as well as the suite in the back because many people work there.
 
Anyone wishing to visit the center would need to request approval in advance.  The goal is to limit and manage the number of people in the Center at the same time.  Please email your request to both Davi Saroop and I who would be coordinating this task.  We will get back to you with approval or recommended changes.  This is to be scheduled in advance on a week by week basis no later than 11am each Friday.  I am attaching our re-opening plan.
 
We have planned a series of activities in the next few weeks from training to our students in all technological tools we use to town hall meetings to check in with each other and to fix what we need to fix in order to provide a better service to all students and to each other.   Thank you for all your contributions. Above all, I hope that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy.
 
 
Juan Carlos Mercado, Ph.D.

Dean Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE

The City College of New York/The City University of New York

25 Broadway, 7th  Floor New York, NY 10004

Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246

jmercado@ccny.cuny.edu


 

July 16th, 2020

Dear Students,

I hope you and your family are doing OK during these extraordinary times.  

As we continue to prepare for the fall semester staying connected and sharing information is important.

We are required to follow the guidelines of the CDCNYC, and CUNY.  At the present time, we are waiting for Governor Cuomo’s decision related to two major issues affecting our University: 1) Budget and 2) the Re-opening of the University. As you can expect, it is very clear at this point that fall classes will continue on the distance learning modality.  As you are aware, advising, registration, and support services continue remotely. Please continue to rely on our advisorsfaculty, virtual front desk, and website for updates and assistance.


We have expanded faculty training on online course delivery and will provide students with training in CUNY FirstBlackboardZoom, etc. Upcoming online training sessions to be announced soon. Our goal is to provide you with robust online instruction and the tools you need to maximize your remote learning.

We miss our face to face with you at the center. However, my position is the same as President Boudre​au’s, which is to do all possible to keep everyone safe.

There is a dedicated college-wide committee working on the college re-opening plan, and we also have our own active CWE committee focusing on our own re-opening. I will continue to communicate with you on all updates. I want you to know that we are very well prepared to move ahead into the fall semester. We prepared several virtual sessions available for students and faculty and staff that I believe will be very informative for everyone for the upcoming term. Please mark your calendars and check your city email​ for updates. CWE is blessed to have a very dedicated team of faculty and staff. We pledge to get you through on your journey to graduation.

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE Virtual/Video Informational Conference Sessions:

Tuesday, August 4th 5pm-6:30pm: Get Ready for Fall 2020!

An informational session for all incoming new and returning students to CWE. Connect with us and receive the most up to date information for Fall courses, advisement and enrollment, class changes, financial aid, and technology updates. More information to follow.

Wednesday, August 12th, 5pm: CWE Town Hall meeting with Dean Mercado

Join us as we reconnect for the new semester, discuss CWE/CCNY updates regarding the challenging times we are all going through. Receive Fall term updates regarding the College and our Division. Not mandatory to attend. All Faculty, Staff, and Students welcome to attend. Additional Dates: 9/16,10/14,11/11 and 12/16.

Tuesday, August 18th, 5pm:  New Student Orientation

A virtual orientation session for all new incoming students at CWE. Get the tools you need to start the first day of class. Learn about academic and student involvement opportunities, become familiar with how our Division works, and learn to access CCNY/CWE services and resources. All new and returning CWE students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thank you for your patience. I am very confident that the future is strong.

Thanks, 

Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD
Dean
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The City College of New York/The City University of New York
25 Broadway, 7th  Floor
New York, NY 10004
Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246
jmercado@ccny.cuny.edu

http://ccny.cuny.edu/cwe


 

June 2nd, 2020

Dear all,

I would like to join President Boudreau in his strong and clear condemnation of racism. In the last few days we have witnessed some of the worst of American society in the death of Mr. George Floyd.  This is not an isolated event.  On the contrary, it is yet another infamous act that has permeated American society since the birth of the Republic.  We have to be firm and stand against intolerance and hate. More than ever, we have to emphasize unequivocally the richness of our differences to help build better citizens and a better society. I know this is not an easy task, but we, as educators, have a unique opportunity to be active participants in this endeavor.

Every single day our students teach us that with our collective commitment we will overcome whatever we confront today.

Sincerely,

Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD
Dean
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The City College of New York/The City University of New York
25 Broadway, 7th  Floor
New York, NY 10004
Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246
Fax: 212-925-6656
jmercado@ccny.cuny.edu
http://ccny.cuny.edu/cwe

 

 


 

May 29th, 2020

Dear all,
 
This week is the end of the Spring semester so I want to write this note to express my gratitude for what you have been doing these past weeks.  It has been extraordinary in the sense that suddenly we went from face-to-face to distance-learning classes. This process showed an incredible adaptation to the new circumstances, only possible because of your resilience during a very difficult situation. I have to recognize among many Prof. Carlos Aguasaco, who anticipated the situation and immediately started to train colleagues in distance learning; this commitment has been recognized by the Provost and President.
 
The enrollment for the Summer is good, so we are running every single class that we scheduled. For those faculty who are not teaching in the Summer, please take a well-deserved rest. We do not know how the Fall semester will look yet; I believe it could be a mix of face to face and distance learning, but in any case, we are prepared to go full-on distance learning if the situation is required.
 
I had the opportunity to hear and read some of our students’ testimonies of what Covid-19 has done to their lives; it really broke my heart how much suffering, fear, confusion, and even hopelessness this has caused.  This pandemic has directly affected many of our students and they are the real heroes, our heroes. However, no matter what happened to them, they continued taking classes, writing essays, submitting final papers.  This is a clear demonstration of their strength to overcome extraordinary circumstances while thinking about the future and a better life.  I have great respect for you all.
 
We closed the semester with the Awards Ceremony.  Everything went great and as always, what a way to honor our best students! Again, my thanks to the entire Awards Committee and those who helped with this event.
 
We will have a very interesting Summer; some of you will be on a very "strange vacation", others will be teaching, and some of us will be here to prepare for the Fall.  We all know that the future will be different but I am committed to building it together.
 
To all of you -- thank you; you have been instrumental in moving forward and making this transition possible.

Juan Carlos Mercado
Dean
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The City College of New York/The City University of New York
25 Broadway, 7th  Floor
New York, NY 10004
Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246
Fax: 212-925-6656
jmercado@ccny.cuny.edu
http://ccny.cuny.edu/cwe


 

April 6th, 2020

Special Note on Summer and Fall 2020 Classes:

Dear CWE Community:

As you know we are living in an extreme situation and filled with a great deal of fear and anxiety.  Here at the Center we responded very quickly to the impact of the COVID-19 on our Spring semester operations.  We were able to move all traditional classes to online and distance learning education. This has been a monumental effort motivated only by our unbroken commitment to serve our students. Our division has been recognized by the College as a model to others.  My thanks to Interim Chair, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco for taking the leadership in training other colleagues, and to all faculty and staff for raising the bar and making this a smooth transition.

We have made several adjustments to our summer and fall semester class schedule. The Summer will be as it is right now: online and distance learning.  For the Fall we are prepared to continue classes no matter which direction this health crisis takes us.

All the support services we had before this crisis ---therapist, tutors, student affairs, financial aid, admissions, enrollment, advising, library and IT--- are all in place and available to students.  All our committees and staff are working to provide our students the best service and support.  Also, the University has been providing computers and internet service so all students have the opportunity to finish the semester under such extraordinary circumstances.  I am pleased to tell you that our mission is stronger than ever and will continue to stay strong.


All the best to you and your families; stay home and stay healthy.

Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD Dean

Click here for the schedule of classes of the summer and fall.


 

Office of Dean 

April 3rd, 2020

Dear City College Downtown-CWE Community,

As you know we are living in an extreme situation and filled with a great deal of fear and anxiety.  Here at the Center we responded very quickly to the impact of the coronavirus on our Spring semester operations.  We were able to move all traditional classes to online and distance learning education. This has been a monumental effort motivated only by our unbroken commitment to serve our students. Our division has been recognized by the College as a model to others.  My thanks to Interim Chair, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco for taking the leadership in training other colleagues, and to all faculty and staff for raising the bar and making this a smooth transition.

We are already working on the summer and fall semesters. The Summer will be as it is right now: online and distance learning.  For the Fall we are prepared to continue classes no matter which direction this health crisis takes us.

All the support services we had before this crisis---therapist, tutors, student affairs, financial aid, admissions, enrollment, advising and IT---are all in place and available to students.  All our committees and staff are working to provide our students the best service and support.  Also, the University has been providing computers and internet service so all students have the opportunity to finish the semester under such extraordinary circumstances.  I am pleased to tell you that our Mission is stronger than ever, and will continue to stay strong.

All the best to you and your families; stay home and stay healthy.


Juan Carlos Mercado
Dean
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The City College of New York/The City University of New York
25 Broadway, 7th  Floor
New York, NY 10004
Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246
Fax: 212-925-6656
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http://ccny.cuny.edu/cwe

 


 

Office of Dean 


March 26th, 2020

Dear CWE Students,
Join us on Wednesday, April 1st at the CWE Student Town Hall with Dean Juan Carlos Mercado and IAS Chair, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco.

Where: Blackboard Collaborative Ultra
Day & Time: Wednesday, April 1st, 5pm-6pm
Click on this link to join:
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c5943055ab3b416e9d94a0cf4dfb0292
Dial In: +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 584 147 2603 (Note due to high demand access to Blackboard dial in might not be available)
Join anytime during the time frame above. Come in and share your questions and/or concerns during this sessions.

You can also check in via Blackboard.
When you log into Blackboard:
Go to My Organizations on your Blackboard Home page
Click on CCNY_CWE _Community
Click Bb Collaborative Ultra

Frequently Asked Questions:
Who will be there at this meeting?  
Moderators: Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco Interim Chair.
Participants: Faculty & Staff
Special Guests: YOU - CWE Students  
Do I need to log on to Blackboard to join this meeting?  
No! Just click the link from any device that has a microphone and camera. Sometimes Firefox may give you issues. Try another web browser or your cell phone.
How do I communicate?
You can either click the chat box and enter some questions or you can speak into your device's microphone and ask questions or comment. You can use your phone, tablet or computer.
Do I need to be on the video cam when I join?
No. If you don’t feel comfortable you can turn off your video and talk through the microphone or via chat.
What is happening? Nobody can hear me? 
Click on the pictures on the bottom of the page. There will be three images on the bottom of the page: microphone, video camera and a figure of a person with their hands up. Click on those three to communicate.
I can't join this meeting until 5:30PM - can I join the meeting late?
YES-Jump in anytime. Look in to the chat room to view the topics we discussed and someone will answer your questions.


We hope you can join us at this meeting and share your questions, concerns and simply let us know you are doing well.


 

March 20th, 2020

Dear CWE Community,

As you are aware, things are moving extremely fast.

Governor Cuomo has just mandated that 100% of non-essential employees are to stay home. After consultation with President Boudreau we made the decision to close the Center effective tomorrow March 21.

This is a very difficult and sad decision but this situation leaves us no other choice. We have to be in compliance with Governor Cuomo's order so that we minimize risk to our students, faculty and staff.

We have done the hard work transitioning to distance learning and will continue our plan to work online. I think we are well prepared.

Next week we will continue with our virtual meetings.

Please stay inside and remain healthy and safe.

Thanks for your support and understanding.

imc

Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD

Dean

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE

The City College of New York/The City University of New York

25 Broadway, 7 Floor

New York, NY 10004

Ph. 212-925-6625, ext. 246

Fax: 212-925-6656

jmercado@ccny.cuny.edu

http://ccny.cuny.edu/cwe


 

March 15th, 2020

Dear Students,

As you are aware, things are moving at lightning speed regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  At CWE we are working diligently to ensure that you are supported and that you continue to receive a first class education now via distance learning.

We are doing everything necessary to transition from face-to-face learning to distance learning as smoothly as possible. We are working around the clock training faculty and creating online options for tutoring. Your faculty will communicate with you via Blackboard, and other online tools as appropriate. We will also provide information to follow for tutoring and counseling services. Please check our website for updates and communicate with your professors and advisors for guidance.

We know this is an anxious time for you, your family as well as ourselves. Our priority is to get you through this pandemic with the same level of quality instruction, services and support that you are used to through distance learning.

Thank you for your patience and for your trust in us as we work through this challenging time. Be reassured that we will get through this as we continue to work together and stay connected.

I hope you stay healthy and safe, jcm

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Juan Carlos Mercado, PhD
Dean
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE
The City College of New York/The City University of New York
25 Broadway, Floor 7
New York, NY 10004
P: 212-925-6625, ext. 246
F: 212-925-6656