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Civic Engagement

Division of Government, Community, and Cultural Affairs

Civic Engagement

CCNY students on bus to civil rights march in Selma, Montgomery
Bayard Rustin was a civil rights activist from CCNY
CCNY rally protecting immigrant rights


The City College Partnership welcomes opportunities for students and community members to become engaged in democracy.

“Our children should learn the general framework of their government and then they should know where they come in contact with the government, where it touches their daily lives and where their influence is exerted on the government. It must not be a distant thing, someone else’s business, but they must see how every cog in the wheel of a democracy is important and bears its share of responsibility for the smooth running of the entire machine.” Eleanor Roosevelt


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Getting Involved on a Local Level

Public Safety: Precinct Community Council

Originally established in the 1940's, Precinct Community Councils are forums that provide on-going, direct communication between the police and community.  Community members meet regularly with the precinct Commanding Officer and Community Affairs Officers to discuss and find solutions to public-safety problems in their neighborhood. There are 86 councils citywide, including one in each precinct and each housing Police Service Area.

City College is located within the confines of the 30th  Precinct.

Council President: Len McTier
Meetings: The Precinct Community Council meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at the 30th Precinct. Please contact the Community Affairs officer for additional information at 212-690-8837.

Community Board

Community boards are a great way to play a role in the quality of life and land use decisions made by neighborhood residents and community members. It often serves as an advisory group to local and state elected officials especially as it pertains to policies and legislation having an immediate impact on the neighborhood. To learn more about community boards and how you can get involved click here.

The City College of New York is geographically located within Community Board 9.

Hon. Padmore John, Chair
Eutha PrinceDistrict Manager
Hleziphi ZitaCommunity Associate
Ray McLaughlinCommunity Assistant
Tel: (212) 864-6200 | Fax: (212) 662-7396 |
Office Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
16 Old Broadway (Between 125th & 126th Streets)
New York, NY 10027

Community Education Council

The City College of New York overlaps with both community school districts 5 and 6 and enjoys partnerships with many schools near and off campus.
There are 32 Community Education Councils (CEC) in New York City. Each CEC oversees a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. There are also two city wide councils for high schools and special education. New York City's Community and Citywide Education Councils are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on educational policies, and providing input to the Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy on matters of concern to the district.

Community Education Council - District 5

425 West 123rd Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-769-7500, ext. 234

Community Education Council - District 6

4360 Broadway 
New York, NY 10030
Tel: 917-521-3793


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