The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges and the university’s central offices will see $750,000 distributed to support efforts seeking to address religious, racial, and ethnic bigotry at CUNY.
“With our continued commitment to fight against bigotry, antisemitism, and hate of all kinds, our colleges are stepping up and have developed additional programming to address these incidents,” said Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, CUNY chancellor. “These latest projects are yet another step in the continued actions we are undertaking to ensure our campuses remain a welcoming place for all.”
To receive the funds, colleges proposed concrete anti-hate actions – against antisemitism, anti-Asian hate, and other forms of bigotry – that the money would fund.
CUNY’s central offices will use $150,000 on professional development, faculty engagement, and monthly discussions on issues related to discrimination. And the CUNY School of Law will have an adviser for faculty and staff on fostering a common understanding of discrimination and how to confront it.
Meanwhile, Baruch College will organize focus groups, discussions, enhanced DEI training, and support for the school’s affinity groups. Queensborough Community College will host a Holocaust education program using its Kupferberg Holocaust Center. And Bronx Community College will put on workshops and readings, culminating in performances of “Dissonance,” a play on race, love, and friendship.
Brooklyn College will have a student retreat to confront religious and ethnic discrimination. And the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism will offer a workshop series on how media outlets in Jewish, Asian American, and Black communities are responding to the upward national trend in hate crimes.