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Proposal for Wrap-A-Round Adjunct Health Insurance

Written in 1982, this memo discussed the possibility of implementing a "wraparound" medical health insurance plan for adjunct faculty. It argued that this option would be superior because it offered free choice of physician and 365 days of hospital [...]

Form Letter for those Expressing Interest in Medical Plan

Distributed in late May 1983, this letter was sent to those who had previously expressed an interest in the Professional Staff Congress's (PSC) "Wraparound Major Medical Plan." It included quarterly employee payment costs under the plan.

Health Care Benefit Description and Application

This January 21, 1986 document, sent to adjunct PSC  members, is the first official correspondence from CUNY's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations which described the details of the fully paid, adjunct health care [...]

Adjunct Benefits: Questions and Answers

This September 18, 1986 memo from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations at CUNY to the Labor Designees and Personnel Officers on the campuses listed a series of revised questions regarding the implementation of adjunct [...]

Adjunct Medical Plan

This memo, produced in 1994 by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), compared the cost of individual and family healthcare plans from HIP and Blue Cross. Specific details about each plan were also provided.

"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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

"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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

"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 [...]

Letter from Polishook to Ledley

This July 25, 1978 lfrom Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Irwin Polishook to Professor Ralph Ledley, chairman of the Faculty Welfare Trustees, requested that the Trustees estimate the costs of health coverage for "approximately 2000" [...]

Email Chain with Students

In this email exchange from early March 2020, an adjunct instructor discussed student needs and concerns with their Latinx Studies class regarding converting the course to an online format. These frank dialogues revealed how much course design [...]

Initial Survey for Students Switching to Distance Learning

The instructor in a seminar on the works of Audre Lorde distributed this copy of a survey from March 2020 during the instructional transition. Though simple in style (only seven questions/three pages in length), the form revealed what concerns [...]

"An Important Message on Coronavirus"

This email was from City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez, was issued only a few hours after Gov. Cuomo's closure tweet. In this email, Chancellor Matos Rodriguez provided formal clarification regarding CUNY's [...]

Professional Staff Congress (PSC) Response to CUNY Coronavirus Plan

This March 2020 statement from the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) – the union representing 30,000 faculty, staff, and graduate students at the City University of New York (CUNY) – outlined the ambiguities in Chancellor Matos Rodriguez's [...]

Tweet: Student Complaint

This tweet questioned the ethical determination behind the City University of New York's (CUNY) continuance of in-person operations at the beginning of the pandemic. Like other artifacts in this section, this tweet expressed the broader CUNY [...]

Tweet: Lehman President Explanation

This series of tweets from the president of Lehman College, Daniel Lemons, provided an official response to demands for CUNY's closure, explaining that the logistics facing CUNY's transition to distance learning were markedly different from other [...]

Tweet: School is still open?

This tweet from a City University of New York (CUNY) student pointed out the discrepancy between faculty preparation for online teaching and the continued operation of CUNY campuses. As expressed in other tweets (see the series "Tweet: Lehman [...]

Tweet: CUNY/SUNY Pandemic Response & Student Wellbeing

Posted on March 11, 2020, this tweet echoed related Twitter artifacts from this collection in scrutinizing the perceived lack of preparedness and administrative indifference of the City University of New York (CUNY) toward the health and safety of [...]

Tweet: Reaction to Coronavirus Update at John Jay College (2)

As a central higher education hub for the population of New York City, City University of New York (CUNY) schools were unable to prevent COVID-19 exposures. One of the first cases of infection occurred at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. With [...]

Tweet: Reaction to Coronavirus Update at John Jay College (1)

Posted on March 10, 2020, this tweet records one student's outrage over the mere announced one-day closure of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY) following its first confirmed case of COVID-19 among the [...]

Tweet: NBC New York Report of Coronavirus Exposure at John Jay College

Posted on March 11, 2020, this tweet from NBC New York reports on the first positive case of COVID-19 among the student body of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY). With coverage from a nationally syndicated news [...]

Tweet: City College Bathrooms Under Repair Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

As with most public institutions, during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the City University of New York (CUNY) struggled with acquiring sufficient funding to meet the infrastructural needs of its physical facilities. With this tweet, [...]

Tweet: CUNY Announcement of COVID-19 Infection at Brooklyn College

On March 13, 2020, several days after Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency across New York State, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), reported its first positive case of COVID-19. Such a report offered two [...]

CUNY Guidance for Students Traveling Home to International Countries

Amidst discussions of precarity, a group often absent from the conversation were international students, members of the CUNY community resident in the United States under limited political visas far from home and family. Sent on March 13, 2020, by [...]

Coronavirus Update: CSI exposure

Staten Island, often considered NYC's "forgotten borough," the lesser child of the more famous boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, was not able to avoid the pandemic. CSI President William J. Fritz sent this email on March 13, [...]

Covid-19 Update (Lehman College campus)

This submission from a member of the CUNY community included an email from Lehman College's President sent the night of March 16, 2020, discussing the consequences of the official shutdown order. In this artifact, we encounter two concerns: [...]

Telecommuting Plans

Released on March 15, 2020, this email represented an official communication from City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Matos Rodriguez on university guidelines, expectations, and intent to set up telecommunications for CUNY's operations. In [...]

Update on Hunter's Response to Coronavirus

In the same vein as other official communiques, this email from Hunter College regarding available resources sought to strike a balance between logistical planning and human apathy. Of particular interest was the focus in this message on libraries. [...]

COVID-19 Update (Lehman College Campus COVID-19 Exposure)

Sent on March 16, 2020, this email provided official notice of COVID-19 exposure among the Lehman College student body. In conjunction with John Jay College, Brooklyn College, and the College of Staten Island, this announcement marked the spread of [...]

Recalibration Period for Educational Equity

As many artifacts in this collection have suggested, the switch to online learning was abrupt for faculty, administration, and students alike. A week to transfer an entire university system to a digital format, especially when many community members [...]

Selected Facebook Posts from CUNY Confessions

This item offered a curated selection of informally written Facebook posts documenting student life during the abrupt transition to distance learning in mid-March of 2020. Drawing from the "CUNY Confessions" Facebook group, these compiled posts [...]

COVID University New York (Episode 5, "The Essential Workers")

Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, COVID University New York (CVNY), a radio show co-produced by Racecar Radio and the Gotham Center for New York City History at the Graduate Center, discussed how the pandemic impacted vulnerable groups. In [...]

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