CUNY SPS CIED Launches Anti-Hate Program

An anti-hate image for the CUNY SPS Anti-Hate Initiative

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity (CIED) has been awarded a $24,000 grant from the CUNY Chancellor’s Office to implement workshops addressing discrimination through a Multi‐Year Anti‐Hate Initiative. 

On February 7, the CIED will begin the CUNY SPS anti-hate education series with the workshop, Understanding Trends in Hate Crime, which is open to faculty, staff, and students.

"The CIED is very proud to be given the opportunity to implement the Chancellor’s Anti-Hate Initiative Education Series at CUNY SPS," said CIED Co-Chairs Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator Sahana Gupta and Director of Campus Operations Celeste Clarke. "We are committed to advancing equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion (EADI) for all communities at the School. We hope that our students, faculty, and staff will participate in this shared learning opportunity. It’s our collective responsibility to foster a respectful, supportive, and safe learning environment and workplace culture." 

CUNY SPS Dean Dr. Lisa R. Braverman encourages everyone to attend all the workshops. "This anti-hate education series aligns with the CIED’s commitment to provide information, resources and education each month to our campus, ensuring that we are inclusive of all communities and sensitive to any that are experiencing acts of hate or discrimination," she said.

The Multi‐Year Anti‐Hate Initiative will provide funding for CUNY colleges to confront discrimination focused on specific populations within the CUNY community over the course of several years. This year, one of two areas of focus for CUNY’s Anti‐Hate Initiative will align with Gov. Kathy Hochul's newly announced Anti‐Hate in Education Center, which has named antisemitism as its focus through summer 2024. 

For more information and details about the CUNY SPS anti-hate education series, visit this website.

Here are the dates for the upcoming bystander Intervention workshops. Beginning February 29, they will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Introduction to CUNY SPS Anti-Hate Education Series: Understanding Trends in Hate Crime, Wednesday, February 7, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Register here for this workshop.

Bystander Intervention to Stop Violence and Anti-Black Racist Harassment, Thursday, February 29
Bystander Intervention to Support the LGBTQIA+ Community, Tuesday, March 12
Bystander Intervention to Stop Islamophobic and Xenophobic Harassment, Wednesday, April 17
Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment, Wednesday, May 1
Bystander Intervention to Stop Antisemitic Hate and Harassment, Thursday, May 9

In addition to the Anti-Hate Education Series, the CIED will also be offering complementary programming in the coming months focusing on expanding cultural awareness, competence, and experience.

The first will be on February 15 from 12-1:30 p.m., Pedagogy Grounded in Reality: Incorporating Chattel Slavery’s Contribution to Higher Education presented by CUNY SPS faculty Dr. Tara Barca and Dr. Linda Ridley. Register here.

About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

As New York's leading online school since 2006, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers the most online bachelor's and master's degree options at the City University of New York, and serves as the University's first undergraduate all-transfer college. With 26 degrees and numerous other non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor's degree, progress from an associate's degree, earn a master's degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers. Consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for its online offerings, CUNY SPS has emerged as a nationwide leader in online education. The School's renowned and affordable online programs ensure that busy working adults may fulfill their educational goals on their own time and schedule.

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