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Tweet: CUNY Announcement of COVID-19 Infection at John Jay College
Posted on March 10, 2020, this tweet represented the official announcement from the City University of New York (CUNY) administration regarding the exposure of John Jay's student body to COVID-19. While many other tweets in this collection show [...]
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: [...]
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 [...]
Welcome to Distance Learning
The City University of New York (CUNY) traditionally has sent out regular newsletters to inform its community of significant events and accomplishments by its faculty and students. For the first week of remote learning, these newsletters would focus [...]
What to Do If You Are Asked to Report to Work on Campus Tomorrow
Sent on March 18, 2020, this artifact included a statement by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) dictating terms for essential workers whose roles required continued in-person work during the official closure of CUNY. Despite its name, distance [...]
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 [...]
Covid-19 and the Escalating Mental Health Crisis among Bipoc and Immigrants
Created by Areeba Zanub in Fall 2020, this digital capstone project examined the COVID-19 pandemic relationship to the rising mental health crisis of BIPOC and immigrant communities. In it, Zanub investigated the role of the "essential worker" with [...]
#CancelRent And Eviction Blockades in Brooklyn: Black Queer Women and Femmes Fight for the Right to Housing
Written and submitted by Brooklyn College student Emily Batista over the summer of 2020, this autoethnography focused on the eviction defense of 1214 Dean Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Batista framed this research project as a "vessel to [...]
"An Open Letter to CUNY Admins"
Posted on July 7, 2020, this Reddit thread recorded one unnamed student's open letter to the City University of New York (CUNY) administration in the interest of drawing critical attention to the persistent mix of unclear, conflicting, or otherwise [...]
A Professor's Threat: Cameras during Testing Situations
Posted on May 5, 2020, this Reddit posts featured student dialogue around whether or not instructors can viably take action against CUNY students who refused to enable their cameras during testing situations. Responders then negotiated the classroom [...]
Directory of CUNY Online Social Platforms
Created in the form of an open-access Google Document on July 12, 2020, this public directory compiled a list of online social platforms associated with the City University of New York (CUNY) (e.g., Discord servers, Subreddits, Facebook groups, [...]
"Is anyone else finding this online semester to be more difficult than usual? I find it to be 3x more harder than regular in-person classes"
Posted on September 3, 2020, this Reddit thread featured discussion and critiques of the ways CUNY instructors have increased the workload for students in their classes and rendered classes far more difficult to pass during the pandemic. This item [...]
"Online classes = more work"
Posted on September 28, 2020, this Reddit thread featured a discussion among City University of New York (CUNY) students about how instructors have disproportionately compensated for the limitations of distance learning by increasing the rigor and [...]
"CUNY should cut the tuition."
Posted on July 24, 2020, this Reddit thread recorded conversations around students' desire for the City University of New York (CUNY) to reduce the cost of tuition given the pitfalls of online learning and the diminished return on investment [...]
"I really don't know if I can do another semester online"
Posted on November 2, 2020, this Reddit thread documented responses to one student's post on the mental and emotional toll that online learning had on them and how their needs have neither been met by their instructors nor the CUNY system. Ensuing [...]
How to Transition to Online Teaching During These Difficult Times: Proposals from the Rank and File Action Group
Distributed on March 16, 2020, this online teaching resource was developed by CUNY faculty members from the Rank and File Action group. It offered a series of recommended approaches to the transition to distance learning during the Covid-19 [...]
Open Pedagogy on the Open Lab
Published on March 21, 2020, this web guide discussed open pedagogy on New York City College of Technology's (City Tech) OpenLab blog, with two instructors providing tips and advice on distance learning techniques. The teachers focused on student [...]
Guidance from CUNY Regarding Classroom Observations, Office Hours, Annual Evaluations, Tenure/Promotion
Sent to faculty on March 25, 2020, from the Office of Academic Affairs at CUNY's College of Staten Island (CSI) to faculty, this email offered administrative responses to looming questions at the center of City University of New York's (CUNY) [...]
In this video, Tomo Imamichi, Associate Professor at CUNY's La Guardia Community College, described his experience of teaching and learning at CUNY during Covid-19 through the use of music. Imamichi's video was initially uploaded to YouTube and made [...]
Act as If You're Really There: What Learning to Speak Remotely Teaches Us about How to Compensate for the Coming Era of Social Distancing
Published on March 15, 2020, by Douglas Rushkoff, Media scholar and Professor of Media Studies at CUNY's Queens College, this Medium post focused on teaching and learning in online classrooms during the pandemic. It specifically covered issues [...]
The Single Most Essential Requirement in Designing a Fall Online Course
Written by Cathy Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and published on the HASTAC blog on May 10, 2020, this piece reflected on pedagogical challenges brought on by the Covid-19 [...]
Interview with Baruch College Senior on the Distance Learning Experience
Recorded and transcribed by by Zach Muhlbauer, on April 21, 2020, this interview with an anonymous undergraduate student at CUNY's Baruch College who grappled with the abrupt transition to remote learning formats during the interviewee's final [...]
"im tired of these professors"
Posted on April 15, 2020, this Reddit thread featured a post by an "essential worker" at the City University of New York (CUNY) student who felt their professors were ignorant to the stresses and responsibilities of over-extended students employed [...]
BLA Trauma Informed Pedagogy Workshop
Developed by the Open Lab at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in August 2020, this website offered materials and resources on trauma-informed pedagogy, calling for more responsive teaching practices during the pandemic in order to [...]