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"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 [...]

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 [...]

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: Defense of CUNY by Student

This tweet expressed a counter-narrative to the antagonism against City University of New York (CUNY) administration seen in other items in this collection, pointing out that the nature of CUNY's student body forced questions of equity to guide its [...]

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: #CloseCUNY Activism & NYC Higher Education

Posted on March 10, 2020, this tweet reflected on the pandemic response efforts of private NYC universities compared to public universities like the City University of New York (CUNY). For many community members, the difference between university [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Close CUNY Change.org Petition

Started by "Concerned Student" on March 8, 2020, this petition calls on Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez to suspend the City University of New York (CUNY) schools one day after Governor Cuomo declared a formal state of emergency in New York State [...]

Tweet: The Same Workers on the Front Line Fighting the Epidemic Are Our Students

This tweet, posted in April 2020 by a CUNY adjunct lecturer, called attention to CUNY students' roles as frontline workers in the pandemic. This point is significant in the discussion of cuts at CUNY affecting students and the broader community. It [...]

Tweet: CUNY and SUNY Faculty and Staff Are Being Asked to Donate 15-20 hrs

This tweet, written in May 2020, documented the fact that CUNY and SUNY faculty and staff were being asked to volunteer their labor to support NYS's Contact Tracing initiative despite drastic cuts in CUNY funding and reductions in contingent workers [...]

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 [...]

Highlights from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (2000-2001)

After a decade of successfully implementing activities promoting urban community and workplace health, David Kotelchuck compiled the highlights of the center’s achievements and outlined future plans. This memo addressed to Nick Freudenberg, in [...]

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 [...]

Community Health Worker Project at Hunter College - Project Update 5/23/02

This update discusses several topics surrounding the Community Health Worker (CHW) Project run by Hunter College's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). Included among these is a description of the progress towards creating a [...]

Activities and Sources of Support for the Hunter-Montefiore Health and Safety Training Program

This Appendix B lists the activities and sources of support for the Hunter-Montefiore Health and Safety Training program in 1985-87. Minimizing Asbestos risks and developing a statewide public employee Health and Safety training program were [...]

COEH Grant Awards 1990-1999

Produced by Hunter College's Office of Research Administration, this report offers summary of the various sources of funding and projects undertaken by the COEH between the years 1990 and 1999. While the projects cover a number of topics, several [...]

COEH Grant Awards 2000-2016

Produced by Hunter College's Office of Research Administration, this report offers summary of the various sources of funding and projects undertaken by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) between the years 2000 and 2016. [...]

NYSDEC 8-Hour HAZWOPER Course: COEH at Hunter College Training Schedule

This two-month extract from a 2009 schedule offers a brief look into the distances travelled by COEH instructors throughout New York State for their annual 8-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) refresher courses. The [...]

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