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April is officially Disability Awareness Month throughout CUNY and to celebrate our commitment to enabling students, faculty, and staff with disabilities to excel in their studies, research, and work there are a series of events throughout the university. Whether you are interested in learning more about a particular disability or you want to gain skills in your search for a career, there is something for everyone!

Disability Awareness Month at CUNY

At the College of Staten Island, students tell their stories of challenge and triumph as students with disabilities in My Story: A Dialogue Among Students in just one of the many events being held on campus throughout the month.

Similarly, Lehman College is having a panel discussion on disability and higher education from an international perspective on April 17.

The CUNY Learning Disability Project is sponsoring a Learning Disability Awareness Conference on April 16 at Baruch College geared toward helping faculty and staff to better understand learning disabilities.

The Autism Spectrum is the focus of several events across CUNY including “Promoting Successful Transition: Into, through and beyond Higher Education, for students on the Autism Spectrum” at Brooklyn College on April 8 and “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Moving Forward” at BMCC on April 11.

Queensborough Community College is offering two very interesting events with “Engaging Faculty and Tutors in the Success of Community-College Students with Disabilities” on April 17 and “Young People with Disabilities” on April 24.

On April 18, Bronx Community College is hosting a screening of “Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss.”

And last but not least, Hunter College is hosting a series of events all month long covering everything from Career Choices and Job Readiness to Learning Self-Advocacy Skills, they’re even hosting movie screenings throughout the month too!

CUNY SPS students seeking information about disability services can contact Student Services. Students at other campuses can access services through The CUNY Disability Resources & Services website.

If you are a CUNY student, faculty, or staff sponsoring an event for Disability Awareness Month not listed above, add the information in the comments below. We will also update this list with new information shared with our office in the coming days.

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We are accepting nominations for students to join the School of Professional Studies Governing Council.  The Governing Council considers proposals for new courses, degrees, certificates and programs that will be offered by the School.  Two students and an alternate are needed to serve on the Council for a one year term starting on July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The role of the Council is to consider and approve new courses, certificates and degree programs that the school offers as well as advising the Dean of SPS on the administration, coordination, and development and termination of all of its programs and curricula.  The Council meets seven or eight times a year, in the afternoons at the Graduate School and University Center.  We estimate that the students elected to the Council will need to be able to commit 10 hours each month in which there is a meeting in preparation and participation.  Attendance at the meeting is very important because that is when votes are taken.

In order to serve, you must be a degree candidate in the School of Professional Studies, plan on enrolling in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters and currently be in good academic standing.  Your interest, enthusiasm and unique student perspective are extremely valuable to the Council and we hope you will consider nominating yourself if you think would like to serve on the Council.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the attached Student self-nomination form.  It may be submitted by email to Dr. Zeita-Marion Lobley, our Director of Student Services, at z.lobley@mail.cuny.edu on or before Friday, May 4, 2012.  Dr. Lobley can be reached at (646) 344-7248 if you have any questions

Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Brian A. Peterson
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

We are now accepting nominations for students to join the School of Professional Studies Governing Council.  The Governing Council considers proposals for new courses, degrees, certificates and programs that will be offered by the School.  Two students and two alternates are needed to serve on the Council for a one year term starting on July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The role of the Council is to consider and approve new courses, certificates and degree programs that the school offers as well as advising the Dean of SPS on the administration, coordination, and development and termination of all of its programs and curricula.  The Council meets seven or eight times a year, in the afternoons at the Graduate School and University Center.  We estimate that the students elected to the Council will need to be able to commit 10 hours each month in which there is a meeting in preparation and participation.  Attendance at the meeting is very important because that is when votes are taken.

In order to serve, you must be a degree candidate in the School of Professional Studies, plan on enrolling in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters and currently be in good academic standing.  Your interest, enthusiasm and unique student perspective are extremely valuable to the Council and we hope you will consider nominating yourself if you think would like to serve on the Council.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the attached Student Representative Self-Nomination Form.  It may be submitted by email to Dr. Zeita-Marion Lobley, our Director of Student Services, at z.lobley@mail.cuny.edu on or before Friday, April 13, 2012.  Dr. Lobley can be reached at (646) 344-7248 if you have any questions.  Students who express an interest in running will be provided with a page on the SPS website and blogs in an e-portfolio.  Through the blogs candidates will inform students of their candidacy and will campaign for election.

Nominees should plan to attend a brief orientation session with SPS staff, current student representatives and faculty serving on the Council on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.  This session will provide an overview of the role of the Governing Council, member roles and responsibilities, an overview of the election process and time for your questions.  Elections will take place from Friday, April 27 through Thursday, May 10th.  Election results will be announced on May 11th.  Elected student representatives will be introduced to the other members of the Governing Council at the last Council meeting of the year, scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Brian A. Peterson
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance