July 02, 2021

(Click here to view obituary) I am deeply sorry to share the news that after a protracted and valiant struggle against serious medical issues, former dean and distinguished university professor Eric Weitz passed away yesterday. Eric came to CCNY with a vision of rebuilding the humanities and arts and an insistence that academic excellence in that division, and in others that he touched, was the highest priority. A renowned scholar of human rights and the Holocaust, Eric deeply and permanently impressed the importance of studying these issues on the campus and to all those he… Read More »

June 08, 2021

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May 27, 2021

Dear Members of the City College Community, I'm writing to invite you to a campus-wide Town Hall via Zoom on Tuesday, June 8th at 12:30 p.m., focused primarily on campus safety/reopening/and vaccine information.     As many of you may know, the City College campus is expected to reopen more fully in the fall, beginning officially on August 2nd. Before that gets underway, I'd like to take time to describe the work we’ve done to make the campus safer, the resources we have to help, and the information we have on how the vaccine works, why it makes sense to get vaccinated, and… Read More »

May 24, 2021

Dear Members of the City College Community, This past week, our Division of Student Affairs reposted a message from the CCNY Student Government, condemning the State of Israel for its actions in the war with Hamas. That a college entity amplified this message conveyed the impression that CCNY had adopted the Student Government position. We have not, and I directed the Division of Student Affairs post to be taken down to avoid furthering that impression. At the same time, and without endorsing its opinion, the college will not—indeed is constitutionally prohibited from—censoring… Read More »

April 20, 2021

I wondered, when I woke up today, what kind of a statement I would be issuing this afternoon. I hoped it would not be one to soothe the raw emotions of a community deflated and enraged, yet again, by a not-guilty verdict. The decisions in the Chauvin trial today pose a different problem. In the context of the persistent over-policing that put George Floyd on the road, under a policeman's knee, it's impossible to celebrate today's guilty verdicts as anything more than the moment it was: when only the most egregious and public display of violence was sufficient to deliver a… Read More »

April 20, 2021

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April 19, 2021

Dear Campus Community: The Office of the President, in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club, is excited to kick-off the 2021 programming sponsored by our campus Outdoors Club. Many of you know that the original (modern version) of the Outdoors Club was managed by three alumni, Akasha Solis (’16),  Ashley Stein (’17), and Justin Bailey (’11) with a primary goal of increasing awareness for our campus community of how we might become active stewards of the great outdoors.  As we have worked to restructure programming during COVID-19, we recognize that there are real… Read More »

April 09, 2021

Dear Members of the City College Community, I'm writing to invite you to join me on Tuesday, April 20th at 12:30 p.m. for a campus-wide Town Hall via Zoom. Given the rapid changes that have confronted our community, I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss what we've been doing and the steps we're taking to address a variety of issues, including the safe return of our students and colleagues who have primarily been remote this past year, updates on the state budget and to hear from you on areas of concern or successes you'd like to share.  Here are the details for the Zoom… Read More »

March 17, 2021

Dear Campus Community, Almost a full year ago, as the reality of the pandemic was settling around us, sections of our society lashed out at people of Asian descent.   These attacks, odious under any circumstances, were particularly so at a time when we so badly needed the understanding, compassion and support of one another.  Today, when hope for a more normal future seems every day closer at hand, it strikes me as all the more baffling that these attacks have resurfaced with more prominence.   We know, of course, that this never truly went away and that my earlier statement… Read More »

March 02, 2021

I write to update you on the work we are doing to prepare for the Fall semester. As you know, there is considerable uncertainty around the pandemic status come September. Vaccinations are accelerating, a third vaccine has just been approved, and the infection rate in New York City is slowly dropping. We are optimistic that we will be in a much better place at the start of the Fall semester than we are now. But this is optimism, optimism amid considerable uncertainty. As we plan for the Fall semester, we are taking into account both our optimism that conditions will allow… Read More »

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