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Oral History Interview with Stella Zahn, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

In this impromptu interview conducted on July 27, 2013, Stella Zahn discusses the mission, students, and founding years of the Sophie Davis Biomedical School established in 1973. Stella was initially hired to be Director of Student Services but [...]

People's Handbook: Manhattan Community College, 1970-71

This handbook, a precursor to today's "disorientation" guides, offered incoming students a view of life at BMCC from the perspective of radicals in organizations that included the New University Conference, Third World Coalition, Night Students [...]

Prometheus, November 13, 1970

This issue of Prometheus, BMCC's student newspaper, was the first published after the Third World Coalition assumed control of the student government; it leads with a story on the appointment of Edgar Draper as president of the [...]

Tiger Paper, February 1972

This issue of the Tiger Paper contains humorous takedowns of the college administration, a call for free subways, a critique of the state of nursing education, and an extended interview with radical poet Sonia Sanchez.The Tiger Paper, which [...]

Project Enable: Training Program for Homeless Heads of Household Residing in Hotels/Shelters

This November 1986 report details the activities of a training program for homeless mothers in New York City conducted by LaGuardia Community College's Division of Continuing Education. The program, which covered personal counselling, job training [...]

Oral History Interview with Renate Bridenthal

This oral history interview with Renate Bridenthal, a founding member of the Brooklyn College Women’s Organization, discusses the political climate at Brooklyn College from the 1960s through the 1980s amidst the historical backdrop of the various [...]

Community Health Worker Training Artwork

Created in 2000 by Ted Outwater, then associate director and environmental specialist for Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), these illustrations reflect some of the challenges that faced community health [...]

1992-1993 COEH Annual Report

This annual report from 1992-1993 offers insight into Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) during its early years. Summarizing a year's worth of work, the document includes the Center's mission statement, a [...]

The COEH Voice

Published in November 2000, this newsletter from Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health offers a detailed look back at the center's work in its initial ten years and also anticipates its future plans. The Center, which [...]

Environmental Worker Training Program Graduation Program

This Graduation Ceremony program celebrates students graduating from the Environmental Worker Training Program in 2001. In addition to the conferring of certificates, students were recognized for academic achievement, attendance and professional [...]

Photos of a COEH Bowling Party

At a bowling party in 1999, these photos capture several key members of Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). In the first photo, they are (from left to right): Ted Outwater, Elena Schwolsky-Fitch, Ellen Kirrane, [...]

"Why Sample?" and other classroom exercises

These handwritten instructor's notes from a 1999 training session were prepared for a one-day course taught by Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). The notes outline various classroom exercises designed to engage [...]

Training Agenda for Safety and Health for Hazardous Waste Site Personnel

This extract from a 1985 training manual offers the agenda for a three-day training course on 'Safety and Health for Hazardous Waste Site Personnel' at Hunter College's School of Health Science. The focus on hazardous waste would become an important [...]

Noise Hazards Awareness Curriculum

Created in 1999 by Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), this curriculum packet was designed to prepare instructors teaching noise hazard awareness. Broken into five sections with suggested time allocations for [...]

Photos from COEH Office

Taken in and around the offices of Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, these photographs capture several lighthearted moments amongst Center staffers in the late 1990s. Pictured from top to bottom are: Bill Capune, Ted [...]

COEH & NYCHA Proposal

This document from July 2000 offers the terms for a proposal between Hunter College's Center for Environmental and Occupational Health and New York City's Housing Authority. The plan to train 100 NYCHA residents on environmental clean up included [...]

"Federal Government Awards 11 Grants for Worker Training and Education Projects"

This article from the Occupational Health & Safety Reporter announces a number of grants awarded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in 1987. Included among these was one grant for a consortium based out of Rutgers that [...]

Notice of Grant Award (1989)

In the late 1980s, a group at Hunter College led by Professor David Kotelchuck joined a New Jersey-based consortium working on hazardous materials and emergency response training. This grant award notice for that group--with $63,816 allotted to [...]

Revised Curriculum for Carpenter's Training

This sheet, annotated by an instructor at Hunter College's Center for Environmental and Occupational Health (COEH), offers the breakdown of an introduction prepared for a carpenters' training course in the Spring of 1991. The purpose of the training [...]

"Right to Breathe/Right to Know: Industrial Air Pollution in Greenpoint-Williamsburg"

This executive summary is an excerpt from a larger report on industrial air pollution in Greenpoint-Williamsburg produced by Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) in 1992. In addition to a brief analysis of the [...]

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Perchloroethylene in the Air in Apartments above New York City Dry Cleaners"

This is an extract from an October 1995 report detailing the prevalence of perchloroethylene (or "perc") in the air in New York City apartments situated above dry cleaners. Perc, a potentially toxic chemical, had been the main solvent used for dry [...]

Meeting the Urban Health Challenge: Southern Bronx Community Tour Briefing Booklet

Prepared by Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) in 1998, this booklet was created to introduce residents of two community districts in the Southern Bronx to important issues of public health in their [...]

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