USS Scholarships (Ernesto Malave Merit, Graduate Mentoring & Passantino) due 4/21

The University Student Senate (USS) is pleased to announce their Ernesto Malave Merit,  Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino, and Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarships competition.

One Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship of $1500.00 will be awarded to a Graduate Center student in good academic standing with a 3.5 and above demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance under extraordinary circumstances.

The Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Awards are for Graduate Center students with a disability and / or international students that have at least a 2.5 GPA.  One Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Award of $1000.00 shall be awarded to a student with a disability and one to an international student.  This scholarship recognizes international students and students with disabilities who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic leadership and service under extraordinary circumstances.

In 2013, the University Student Senate of the City University of New York established the Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $1000.00 to one student per campus, per academic year for demonstrating a tremendous effort to help other graduate students through academic support, professional development, and leadership development within their college community. Students must that have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Applicants can apply to only one scholarship per academic year (either the Ernesto Malave Merit, Graduate Peer Mentoring, or the Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship).

All applications must be received by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs,
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue – Room 7301– New York, New York 10016, by April 21st.


•        During the current semester in which the student applies for a scholarship, applicants shall be matriculated students, in active attendance:

o   Graduate applicants must be registered for a minimum of three (3) credits.

•       Applicants shall also meet the same requirements during the semester which the scholarship is awarded. Therefore, graduating students are not eligible.

•        Graduate applicants must have completed a minimum of six  (6) credits at a CUNY college and no more than twenty-four (24) credits total. Students of graduate or professional programs with credits requirements of more than 30 credits must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and no more than 80% of the credits required for a degree. (For example, if 90 credits are required for a degree, the student must have no more than 72 credits completed to be eligible.)

•        All applicants must be permanent residents, citizens, or NYC residents to apply for any USS scholarship (the only exception being international students).

Each Application Must Be Accompanied By:

• Two letters of recommendation indicating evidence of good character, academic achievement, and/or service to the community. At least one of the letters must be from a CUNY faculty member.

• Two original, typed, personal essays of no more than three hundred words each:

1)  Three hundred (300) words stating why you would benefit from this scholarship and how do you believe you have earned it.

2)  Three hundred (300) words stating your field of interest, current projects, future plans, etc.

• Resume

• An official letter verifying enrollment of the current academic year.

• An official transcript (first semester graduate students must include both graduate and undergraduate transcripts).

• Bursar receipts for the current and upcoming semesters.

• A signed Declaration Form that will enable the college Chief Student Affairs Administrator to verify the applicant’s GPA and credit/enrollment information.

Additional Requirements for International Students:

International students must be in valid F-1 or J-1 immigration status during the semester in which they are applying for the scholarship, and during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.

International students are required to maintain full-time credit and course-loads.

The following documents must accompany their application packet:

1)      I-20
2)      A copy of the F1 Visa
3)      A copy of the I-94 Card
4)      A letter of verification from the  International Student Advisor.

5)      Form RF 702 *

6)      Form W-8BEN *
7)      A ITN or Social Security Number

* Both forms can be found attached to the application or at the links posted above.

Additional Requirements for the USS Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino International Students
and Students with Disabilities Scholarship:

Only undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities and/or international students are eligible.

•   Applicants to the USS Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino International Students and Students with Disabilities Scholarship must have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

•   For students with disabilities, applications shall be accompanied by a letter of verification from the college’s Director of Disability Services.

Additional Requirements for the Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship:

Applicants to the Merit Scholarship must have attained a 3.5 GPA average

Additional Requirements for the Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship:

•        Applicants to the Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship must have attained a 3.0 GPA average.

•        One out of the two recommendation letters must be written from a staff person who oversaw activities.  Examples may include the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Life, and the Director of Career Services.

All applications must be received by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue – Room 7301– New York, New York 10016, by April 21st.

Potential applicants should review the material carefully.  Questions that applicants may have after reviewing the scholarship application and information may be addressed to the Student Affairs office at

Now Hiring! Director for All-In Cities Initiative @Policylink


Job Announcement

Director, All-In Cities Initiative (position located in Oakland, CA)
100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that works to advance policies at the federal, state, and local level to achieve economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at:

Position Overview
We are seeking a dynamic leader to successfully implement the All-In Cities initiative (, an effort to support cities in implementing new models of inclusive growth and development at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income residents and communities of color. The initiative provides capacity-building and policy development and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement a range of solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth in cities and metropolitan regions. This position is an excellent opportunity for a social entrepreneur who is passionate about cities and equity to build out an initiative that is just getting off the ground and eager to work in a creative, fast-moving, start-up environment.

The Director will be responsible for:

  • Initiating, managing, and coordinating the team’s place-based engagements (in partnership with community leaders working inside and outside of government) that implement the All-In Cities policy framework and related private sector, capital, and systems-change strategies that advance inclusive growth.
  • Developing a methodology for assessing community readiness for engagements and using the findings of that assessment to develop a suite of offerings (bootcamps, trainings, webinars, office hours, etc.) to build capacity for inclusive growth.
  • Implementing the policy research and communications strategies for the initiative, including the production of relevant research that advances the theory and practice of inclusive growth, and the development and maintenance of an online policy toolkit.
  • Supervising and collaborating with other team members and consultants to deliver high-quality products and strategic support in a timely manner and effectively add value to locally driven change efforts.
  • Bringing a results-based framework and discipline to the overall initiative and its place-based engagements.
  • Collaborating with national networks and partners working to advance inclusive growth, economic justice, and racial equity in cities.

The initiative Director will report to the Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives and work closely with senior leadership in developing the team’s strategy and activities and ensuring synergy with other teams at PolicyLink. Equipping city leaders with actionable data and metrics is a key strategy of the initiative, and the Director will work closely with the National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity to produce relevant data and analyses to support the initiative.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in urban planning and development, economic and business development, and place-based initiatives, including substantive experience in an area of inclusive growth practice (e.g., targeted employment and workforce training efforts, entrepreneurship and small business development, cooperatives, wage and job standards, etc.). Minimum 10 years of professional experience.
  • Advanced degree in urban planning/policy, public policy, economics, or related social science.
  • Ability to continually refine and evolve the vision for this multiyear initiative and select strategies to implement that vision.
  • Understanding of how to advance equitable growth strategy and policy in diverse market/political contexts.
  • Ability to frame the economic case for equity and inclusion and facilitate productive and action-oriented dialogue on addressing racial inequities with communities ranging from very progressive to moderate.
  • Experience developing and implementing inside/outside strategies that integrate work with leaders inside and outside of government and other power structures.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of community partners, including high-level officials and CEOs as well as grassroots activists and community-based organization leaders, facilitating them to select policy goals, then launch and sustain collective action to achieve them.
  • Proven project management and event-planning skills and ability to meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience writing for publications for a broad audience, and demonstrated public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Willingness to travel regularly (estimated one to four trips/month) and able to maintain team and organizational connections from afar.

Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Director, All-In Cities Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612


Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to (include subject line: “[your name] (Director, All-In Cities Initiative–Oakland).  Position open until filled.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment. 


Dean K Harrison Awards

The Office of Educational Opportunity & Diversity (OEOD) is requesting nominations for its

1.  Dean K Harrison Research Fellowships (DUE BY 29 APRIL)

Dean K Harrison Fellowships are one-year awards of $10,000 available to students who are Level 2 or higher. Nominated students must be US citizens or permanent residents rom underrepresented groups  Students are nominated by their doctoral program, therefore interested students should contact their advisor and EO to express interest.

If you wish to be nominated, please submit your complete applications to ( by April 29 (please note this is during spring break)

Applicants must be Level 2 or higher and be US citizens or permanent residents and identified as underrepresented.

Please send the following information to

i.  A research/dissertation project statement (2-3 pages), including at least a description of the research, what has been completed to date, and how you plan to make progress over the coming academic year; and,

ii. A brief (2-3 paragraph) nomination letter/statement of support from your advisor, which will then incorporate into Prof Katz’s nomination letter to OEOD. This statement should be sent to be separately by your advisor.



2.  The Dean K Harrison Research-Travel Award ($4,000) is intend to help students at an early stage of their graduate careers to travel to archives, libraries, field sites or to support the early stages of research (in the form of interviews, data collecting or generating, ethnography, etc.).  DUE  BY 13 APRIL.

Applicants must have NOT yet reached Level 3.

If you are Level 1 or 2 and from an underrepresented group, and plan to travel for research purposes, please prepare:

i.  A brief statement about your research project statement (2 pages), including at least a description of the research, what has been completed to date, and how the travel award will contribute to or advance your project.

ii.  A brief (2-3 paragraph) nomination letter/statement of support from your advisor, which I will incorporate into my nomination letter, and submit to OEOD. This statement should be sent to be separately by your advisor.



#EESpublishes Prof Bandosz on energy harvesting in #nanoporous #carbon

Professor Teresa Bandosz of City College coauthored a paper in Carbon on:

Sulfur-mediated photochemical energy harvesting in nanoporous carbons


This work provides new insights in the field of applied photochemistry based on semiconductor-free nanoporous carbons and its application to sunlight energy harvesting. Using carbon materials of increasing average pore size, chemical functionalization to introduce a variety of O- and S-containing functional groups and monochromatic light, we have shown the dependence of the photochemical conversion of phenol in the confinement of the carbons nanopore space with the wavelength of the irradiation source, the dimensions of the pore voids and their surface chemistry. The photochemical conversion of phenol inside the carbons pore space was found to be very sensitive to the nature of the S-containing groups and the confinement state of the adsorbed pollutant.


Available online 2 March 2016

In press as of 3/8/16


Virtual Special Issue on Geography of Food and Agriculture

This virtual special issue (VSI) on the “Geography of Food and Agriculture” may be of interest to some of you.  The articles for the VSI were curated and pulled from recent issues of a dozen Elsevier journals, including World Development, Food Policy, Geoforum, Applied Geography, Journal of Historical Geography, Cities, Habitat International, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Marine Policy, and Landscape and Urban Planning.  Geographers, and those employing geographic perspectives, are clearly making important contributions to our interdisciplinary understanding of food and agricultural issues. Please enjoy this treasure trove of recent geographical scholarship on this important topic!

#CallforPapers: #Legacies of #BlackFeminisms @theAAG for #AAG2016 in #SanFran

Please respond by: October 26, 2015 to:

This paper session invites a discussion concerning the legacies, trajectories, and possibilities of Black feminist intellectual and political traditions. Following challenges by women of color to mainstream white-dominated feminist projects that have allied (at times uncomfortably) with U.S. imperialism abroad, the prison-industrial complex domestically and other racialized projects, we centralize Black feminist frameworks in a multivalent, multiscalar resurgence of interest in Women of Color and transnational feminisms. Scholarly critiques of multiracialism and ‘people of color’ models of anti-racism (eg. Sexton 2008, 2010; Wilderson 2010; Vargas 2012) alongside a series of social and political movements articulating the specificity of anti-Black violence (Black Lives Matter, Million Hoodies, Black Youth Project, Dream Defenders, etc.) have once again raised the question of how to analyze intersectional systems of oppression. Given the widespread use of Black feminist thought in and beyond geography, we are interested in capturing the relationship between Black feminisms and spatial knowledges. We desire to work against the commodification of Black feminist thought through raw engagement with the roots/routes of Black feminisms, physical materialities, and imaginative configurations. We draw attention to recent publications (Da Silva 2014; McKittrick 2014, ed.; Weheliye 2014) that revisit the critical scholarship of Black feminists, such as Angela Davis, Sylvia Wynter, Hortense Spillers, Audre Lorde and the Combahee River Collective, in order to posit what Black feminisms can offer for understanding the workings of racism and racial capitalism; for liberatory praxis and theory; and political and economic decolonization.

Paper Topics include:

  • Black feminist frameworks in geographic research and/or the use of Black feminist thought in challenging critical methods/epistemologies in geography

  • Gendered perspectives in racialized state violence, police brutality, and national acts of terror (prison industrial complex, the Charleston massacre)

  • Centralizing Black womanhood in geographic knowledge production

  • Black feminist utility in deconstructing social structures – racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia – and largely perpetuated in/through patriarchy, imperialism, white supremacy, and capitalism

  • Queer critiques of and contributions to Black feminist articulations of home, territory and space

  • African diasporic feminisms, Black internationalist feminisms, and/or postcolonial feminisms in geography

  • Empirical and theoretical linkages and disjunctures between/among Black feminist thought and women of color feminisms

aagCitations and Recommended Readings

  • Alexander, M. J.. 2006. Pedagogies of crossing: Meditations on feminism, sexual politics, memory, and the sacred.

  • Collins, P. H.. 2008. Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment.

  • Combahee River Collective. 1978. The Combahee River collective statement:Black feminist organizing in the seventies and eighties.

  • Da Silva, D. F.. 2014. “Toward a black feminist poethics: The quest(ion) of blackness towards the end of the world”. The Black Scholar, 44 (2).

  • Davis, A.. 1983. Women, race, and class.

  • hooks, b. 1995. Killing rage: Ending racism.

  • ——–. 1999. Ain’t I a woman: Black women and feminism

  • Lorde, A. 1984. Sister outsider.

  • McKittrick, Katherine, ed.. 2014. Sylvia Wynter: On being human as praxis

  • ———. 2006. Demonic grounds: Black women and the cartographies of struggle

  • Mirza, H. S., ed. 1997. Black British feminism: A reader.

  • Sexton, J. 2010. Racial theories in context

  • ———. 2008. Amalgamation schemes: Antiblackness and the critique of multiracialism.

  • Spillers, H. J. 1987. “Mama’s baby, papa’s maybe: An American grammar book.”Diacritics, 17(2), 64–81.

  • Spillers, H., Hartman, S., Griffin, F. J., Eversley, S., & Morgan, J. L. 2007. “Whatcha gonna do? Revisiting “Mama’s baby, papa’s maybe: An American grammar book.”Women’s Studies Quarterly, 35 (1/2), 299–309.

  • Vargas, J. 2012.  “Gendered Antiblackness and the impossible Brazilian project: Emerging critical black Brazilian studies.” Cultural Dynamics 24(1),  3-11.

  • Wilderson, F. B. 2010. Red, white & black: Cinema and the structure of U.S. antagonisms.

  • Weheliye, A. G. 2014. Habeas viscus: Racializing assemblages, biopolitics, and black feminist theories of the human.

  • Wynter, S. 1990. “Beyond Miranda’s meanings: Un/silencing the ‘Demonic Ground’ of Caliban’s ‘Woman’.” Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature: 355-72.

For additional information, please contact the organizers:

LaToya Eaves,

Pavithra Vasudevan,


Thursday October 15th     10am-1pm & 2-4pm

The price of the vaccine is $11.00

Check or money order preferable (made payable to The Graduate Center).

Cash also acceptable, but must be EXACT.

If you do not have exact change, you may forfeit your place in line!

You must have your student ID with the Fall 2015 validation sticker


All students are welcome. However, the priority for this clinic is for uninsured and underinsured students: If you are insured, please do not wait to get your flu vaccine. Most insurance plans (including NYSHIP) now cover the flu vaccine in full (free of charge). Those who do have insurance are encouraged to confirm coverage with their insurers. Flu vaccine is easily available at local pharmacies or at other outside facilities.*

 For questions, please call the Health Service at 212-817-7020.



October 21st, 6:30-8:30pm, CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198 (Basement)

-Kyle Pows Whyte, (Philosophy, Timnick Chair in the Humanities; Michigan State University)

-Eric Sanderson (Wildlife Conservation Society;

*Sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department (CUNY GC), hosted by the Economic Democracy Project, and co-sponsored by the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay ( and Students for a Democratic alternative (SODA/CUNY).

These two talks address the importance of indigenous perspectives in making rural and urban areas more ecologically sustainable and socially resilient.  Kyle and Eric will discuss how current planning practices (from GIS to multistakeholder processes) can benefit from a long view of ecological history and the integration of contemporary indigenous knowledges and practices in the context of municipal, state, national and international planning for climate change that addresses economic inequality and the demands of democracy.



ABSTRACT for “Renewing Relatives: Theories, Cases and Experiences of Indigenous Resilience Planning” by Kyle Pows Whyte:

Indigenous peoples have long standing planning practices that their communities relied on since time immemorial. The resurgence of these planning practices is a major way in which Indigenous peoples in North American and beyond are addressing a range of sustainability issues, from climate change adaptation to environmental justice. This presentation covers the background theories and ideas that inform Indigenous planning practices and some key cases. Dr. Whyte will draw on his own experiences working on Tribal climate change planning in the Great Lakes region as well as on U.S. climate policy issues that affect Tribes. A key part of the presentation will be the exploration of Indigenous concepts of resilience and their relationship to the planning efforts of Indigenous communities and nations.

Kyle holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He is a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration and serves as a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and
climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His articles have appeared in journals such as Climatic Change, Sustainability Science, Environmental Justice, Hypatia, Ecological Processes, Synthese, Human Ecology, Journal of Global Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Policy & Environment, and Ethics & the Environment.

Kyle’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, Mellon Foundation, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program and Spencer Foundation. He serves on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and is involved in the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy, Humanities for the Environment, the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Indigenous Philosophers.


When Henry Hudson arrived on September 12, 1609, the long narrow wooded island called Mannahatta represented an ecological development millions of years in the making and housed an indigenous people, the Lenape, who were only the latest in a human history that stretches back nearly 8000 years in the New York City region.  The Mannahatta Project, on the historical landscape ecology of Manhattan, encouraged New Yorkers not only to take to heart the indigenous past, but to
think forward about what the next 400 years might bring to the city. Over the last six years, two further projects have grown out of Mannahatta.  The Welikia Project explores the historical ecology of the rest of New York City in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island; and gives all New Yorkers a free, web-based tool to develop and share visions of future sustainability and landscape resilience.  Dr. Sanderson will describe the latest finding from the Welikia and Visionmaker projects and connect them to current efforts to protect, restore, and cherish the nature in New York City.

Eric W. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the author of two books:  Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009) and Terra Nova:  The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs (Abrams, 2013).  He also teaches periodically at Columbia University and New York University (NYU) and serves on the board of the Natural Areas Conservancy, a public/private organization committed to supporting New York’s 10,000
acres of wild lands, and the executive council of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.  Trained as an ecosystem and landscape ecologist, Sanderson is committed to helping cities understand their critical role in the conservation of nature, starting with his home in New York.  WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.