Messages from the President

Dr. Christine Mangino

September 8, 2021

9-11 Memorial Image

Dear Queensborough Community,

It is hard to believe that twenty years have passed since September 11, 2001. That tragic, fateful morning changed our city and nation, and altered the course of history forever.

Amidst the cataclysmic destruction, 9/11 revealed the incredible strength, resilience, and courage of our great city and the American people.

The heroes of 9/11 included hundreds of first responders whose sacrifice will live in our hearts forever. Many of those who miraculously survived have suffered chronic and sometimes fatal illnesses as a result of the toxins released at the World Trade Center site.

My partner, John, worked at the World Trade Center and survived. Many of his friends and colleagues have passed away over the years due to 9/11-related illnesses. Others, including John, are still dealing with the consequences of that frightful morning.

Members of our own campus community served as first responders, and many members and friends of our community sacrificed their own lives and lost loved ones on that horrific day.

The moving stories you have shared with me about your experience that day and in the weeks that followed, responding to the needs of our students and campus community, are a testament to Queensborough’s strength of community. This Friday, to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of September 11, 2001, the College will host a photography installation and student poster exhibition at the QCC Art Gallery, depicting scenes from Ground Zero, and a Day of Giving to respond to a current crisis – Tropical Storm Ida, which destroyed parts of Queens and the surrounding communities, and devastated many of our students, faculty, and staff.


9/11 Photography Installation and Student Poster Exhibition: Friday, September 10 from 9AM-12PM in the QCC Art Gallery:

At 10AM, former Queensborough student Chris Landano will unveil A Tribute: 2001-2021, a QCC Art Gallery installation. Chris, who studied art and photography at the College, was accepted into the FDNY’s forensics photo unit in April 2001, and on 9/11 captured images of the rescue and recovery operations following the collapse of the towers.

Democracy Demands Wisdom, a student poster exhibition, including archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection, will be on display as well.

Please stop by the QCC Art Gallery on Friday, between 9-12 to experience these moving visual testimonials. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the Loggia.


Tropical Storm Ida Day of Giving: Friday, September 10 from 12 to 4PM at Queensborough Cares Food Pantry located in the Administration Building Lobby:

Following the gallery exhibitions, I invite you to participate in Queensborough’s response to Ida with a Day of Giving and service to our community at the QCC Cares Food Pantry. The College will collect and distribute non-perishable food, household items such as cleaning supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and new or gently used clothing to give to students, faculty and staff in need. The College’s Advocacy Resource Center and Office of Financial Services will also be on site to help connect students in crisis with financial and other resources. Please visit the Administration Building Lobby on Friday, between 12-4PM, to participate or say hello.

Starting today in advance of Friday’s event, donated items may be delivered to my office on the fifth floor of the Administration Building (Room 502). In addition, please consider making financial contributions to the QCC Emergency Relief Fund, which will be used to help accommodate students in need. You can also donate here or text QCCIDA to 44-321.

We know that crises can have a significant impact on our everyday lives, and as a college, on teaching and learning. As we work together through Ida and COVID-19, let us be sure to offer solace to one another and support each other – especially as we recall the events of 20 years ago.



Dr. Christine Mangino
President

You're Invited! Queensborough Cares Food Pantry Distribution Event on July 26 from 1-3PM

July 22, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Please join me and faculty and staff volunteers as our Queensborough Cares Food Pantry distributes groceries to students on Monday, July 26 from 1-3 PM in the main parking lot outside of the Administration Building. Whether you plan to be on campus or you are able to just stop by, it will be great to have your support, see you, say hello, and catch up with students.

Queensborough’s Pantry is crucial to the well-being of our community and students who are food insecure. Nearly one in five CUNY students reported that not having enough to eat interfered with their academic progress. More than 100 students benefit each month from Queensborough’s Pantry thanks to the Committee on Food Security and the generous support of faculty and staff, donors, and volunteers.

On behalf of our students and their families, thank you for providing food, and hope, to so many people. For more information about Monday’s distribution, or to volunteer or donate to the program, please contact Ronni Weprin in the Office of Institutional Advancement at wreprin@qcc.cuny.edu



Thank you,

Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President


Queensborough Cares Pantry

Appointment of Dr. Brian R. Mitra

June 22, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian R. Mitra as Queensborough’s next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, effective July 12.

Dr. Mitra joins Queensborough after nearly two decades at Kingsborough Community College where he most recently served as Dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Mitra has held leadership positions in virtually every area of Student Affairs.

At Kingsborough, he oversaw Student Life, Athletics, Military and Veterans Services, among other key areas. He also held leadership positions in the Offices of Career Development, Transfer and Scholarship Opportunities, and Job Placement. In addition, Dr. Mitra served on several College-wide committees including the Assessment and Care Team, Academic Momentum, Middle States Accreditation, and Vision 2022.

Dr. Mitra is committed to mental health, student wellness and breaking cycles of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment. He sits on the Board of Directors for Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and is an External Contributor with the JED Foundation, which works to prevent suicide.

Dr. Mitra earned his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, a master's degree from Brooklyn College, and his bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Stony Brook University. His dedication to student success and equity is evident in his relationships with students, as well his commitment to community services.

I wish to extend my deepest thanks to our campus community for your active participation in the selection process. More than 100 faculty and staff met Brian during our open forum and through meetings with various constituencies. In addition, I am particularly grateful to the search committee, chaired by Executive Adviser to the President for Equity, Ms. Amaris Matos, for their time and commitment to our students. In addition to Amaris, thank you:


  • Mr. Stephen Atkins, Affirmative Action Representative, ASAP Student Career Senior Advisor
  • Dr. Beth Counihan, Faculty Executive Committee, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Professor and Chairperson, Biological Sciences and Geology
  • Ms. Veronica Lukas, Dean of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Timothy G. Lynch, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Tikola Russell, Dean for Student Development, Student Affairs
  • Mr. Arnab Sharma, President, Student Government Association

I am also deeply appreciative of the outstanding work of Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Ms. Ellen Hartigan who returned to Queensborough in March. Ellen has done much, in a noticeably brief time, to champion Queensborough students and move us forward during these challenging times. Thank you, Ellen, for your leadership, passion, and lasting commitment to our community.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mitra to Queensborough. He will be critical to the personal growth and academic success of all our students, and I am confident that he will foster deep care and aspiration among his colleagues. We are very fortunate to have him on our team.


Sincerely,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

Candidate Biographies & Resumes for Vice President Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

May 17, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted that so many of you plan to attend this week's open forums to meet the finalists for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

In advance of the forums, I am providing the candidate biographies and resumes. If you have not yet registered, you may also do so below.



Open forum with Dr. Nireata Seals, Monday, May 17 at 2PM:



Open forum with Dr. Brian Mitra, Wednesday, May 19 at 2PM: 


Following the events, I invite you to complete this important feedback survey.

Thank you, again, for your participation and commitment to our community,



Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

You're Invited: Meet the Candidates for Vice President Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

May 14, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

The national search for Queensborough’s next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VPSAEM) is concluding. As part of the search process, I am inviting all members of the college community to meet the finalists, ask questions, and share their feedback. We will hold two open forums next week for faculty, staff and students to meet the candidates. They are:

  • Dr. Nireata Seals, Vice President of Student Affairs at LaGuardia Community College; and
  • Dr. Brian Mitra, Dean of Student Affairs at Kingsborough Community College.
I am very grateful to the search committee, who worked tirelessly to identify leaders who value and represent the communities we serve. The members, listed below, brought unique perspectives to the search process and chose the best-qualified professionals. It was among the most diverse candidate pools to apply for an executive leadership position at Queensborough. Thank you:
  • Ms. Amaris Matos, Executive Adviser for Equity, Chair;
  • Mr. Stephen Atkins, Affirmative Action Representative, ASAP Student Career Senior Advisor; 
  • Dr. Beth Counihan, Faculty Executive Committee, Associate Professor, English; 
  • Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Professor and Chairperson, Biological Sciences and Geology; 
  • Ms. Veronika Lucas, Dean of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs; 
  • Dr. Timothy G. Lynch, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs; 
  • Ms. Tikola Russell, Assistant Dean for Student Development, Student Affairs; and 
  • Mr. Arnab Sharma, President, Student Government Association. 

Your participation in the decision-making process for our next VPSAEM is equally crucial. Please register for the virtual forums listed below: 

  • Monday, May 17 at 2PM: An open forum with Dr. Nireata Seals. Register here.  
  • Wednesday, May 19 at 2PM: An open forum with Dr. Brian Mitra. Register here.  

Candidate resumes and biographies will be shared on the day of the corresponding forum.  Following the events, I invite you to complete this important feedback survey.  

Thank you for your participation and commitment to our community, 


Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

Returning to In-Person work

May 13, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Earlier today, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez advised that CUNY staff and administrators will return to their respective campuses on August 2.

In the coming days, I will meet with elected campus leaders as well as union representatives to determine the logistical details surrounding our return, and to discuss the implementation of a framework for ongoing remote work, flexible work guidelines, and reasonable accommodations. Please be assured that we will not return to campus at 100% capacity on Aug. 2. Rather, we will work with each department to identify opportunities to reduce density through flexible working arrangements while also ensuring that every student who wishes to have an on-campus experience is provided with access to that opportunity.

Please know that the well-being of every member of our campus community is foremost in my mind and will govern our decision-making. Please keep in mind that while the situation remains fluid, I, and members of my cabinet, will remain accessible and in frequent communication to ensure that planning efforts continue to be as transparent and collaborative as possible. In consultation with our campus Health and Safety Officer, Mel Rodriguez, we will also update you as we learn more about evolving CDC and local health guidelines, and their impact on our community.


Be Well,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

TOMORROW: The first of its Inaugural Lecture Series for faculty development, Thriving in Academia

May 6, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Tomorrow, May 7, 2021 at 1pm, Queensborough will launch the first of its Inaugural Lecture Series for faculty development, Thriving in Academia.

While the series focuses on the needs of junior faculty, we invite our entire community to join us in conversation about Establishing Work/Life Balance on the Tenure Track. Our guest will be Dr. Dwayne Mack, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor of History at Berea College in Kentucky. He is the editor of Mentoring Faculty of Color and a number of other texts on history and faculty development. Junior faculty, in particular, will find this entire series helpful and supportive as they advance toward tenure. All are welcome, including students who might also consider a career in academe. Register here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, Office of Academic Affairs.


Be Well,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

April 28, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

What’s happening in India with COVID-19 is tragic. India, Brazil, and the United States have had the highest number of reported cases, but the devastating pain and loss caused by the pandemic is felt in almost every corner of the world. Our students, faculty, and staff come from over 120 countries. They have shared their grief with me and have spoken profoundly about the staggering anguish and trauma suffered by their friends and loved ones here and back home.

We have and will continue to support each other throughout this pandemic. By sharing our love and care with our colleagues and students, we can help ease their heartbreak and the burdens of distance and family separation experienced by so many.

Among many lessons learned, COVID-19 shows us the depth of health inequities in our own communities and across the world. We must do all we can to prevent these disparities from widening and to address their systemic causes.

The actions of a community as diverse and far-reaching as ours are felt at home and around the world. We can take action ourselves right now by getting the vaccine, which is available here, on our campus. The Pfizer vaccine is being administered by the New York City Department of Health and the Hospital for Special Surgery Wednesdays through Sundays at the RFK Hall. All New Yorkers ages 16 and over can now walk in without an appointment. Hours of operation are:

 

  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed

 

I extend my thanks to our nursing student volunteers who are on site assisting with the effort. For more information about getting vaccinated at Queensborough, visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/Vaccine . Additionally, you can refer to the NYC vaccination site or call their hotline at (877) 829-4692.

Nearly 3,000 students, faculty, staff and members of the external community have been vaccinated at Queensborough since the site opened last Wednesday. Please get your free vaccine and encourage our students to do the same. Remember to share with others how critically important the vaccine is to our community’s health by posting your vaccination photos to social media using the hashtag #VaxUpCUNY.


Be Well,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

Tonight's Verdict

April 20, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni,

The guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial are important steps toward accountability. However, they do not mark the end of our community’s response to the police killings of George Floyd and other unarmed people of color.

There is still grief, outrage and more to do about the racist tragedies that continue to damage and scar our nation. Queensborough Community College will draw on what we have learned from this trial, this last year, and our history. Our experiences, knowledge and compassion will inform our actions and guide us in our work together to eliminate anti-Blackness and racism.

We know events specific to today are enmeshed within larger structures of racism. The pain, anxiety, and trauma experienced by our Black community today is felt every day.

One of the most diverse communities of learners anywhere, Queensborough Community College faculty, staff and students are committing ourselves to learning from one another to dismantle all racism within our College’s structures, systems and processes.

Together, we are ensuring that Queensborough is shaped, informed, and guided by our diversity. Some measures taken this year include:

  • In consultation with our community, we are making equity central to our College’s strategic plan, policies, and procedures;
  • We have been accepted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) to develop plans for a Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation; and
  • Initiating a series of workshops, in association with New York University, to increase racial literacy on campus.

Queensborough Community College acknowledges the array of emotions associated with today’s verdicts. We provide affirming care for our students, faculty, and staff. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance please accept the following resources:

George Floyd’s death was not in vain. The verdict is an inflection point and we are called to move forward in our pursuit of justice and equality.


United with you,
Chris


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

Daunte Wright

April 13, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I want to hold space for our Black community members, and to express my deep sorrow and solidarity as another Black life has needlessly been lost to police violence.

This violence strikes at the very heart of our values to support and celebrate diversity, to treat one another with kindness and respect and support one another in times of distress. Our colleagues and our students are exhausted and outraged by these ongoing, tragic events.

I am outraged, too. And while I have been and always will be dedicated to growth in our community on matters of social justice and movements such as Black Lives Matter, I commit to showing up even stronger

We must move beyond words into action—in the classroom, collaborating and socializing with one another, and while planning for our future. We must support all community members who are vulnerable and have been suffering.

Today, we stand united against hate and in solidarity with Daunte Wright and his family. As educators, our voices have power. Consider this moment one for self-reflection about how you can contribute to a better, more just society. We will come out stronger for it.


In solidarity,
Chris


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

Search Update: Vice President Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

April 8, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

The national search for Queensborough’s next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VPSAEM) has begun.

As you know, this position plays a critical role in the personal growth and academic success of our students. It calls for an accomplished, collaborative, transformational leader with a commitment to equity; a visionary who can leverage data and technology to evaluate student success and develop enhanced services for our diverse student population; and someone who inspires a culture of caring and aspiration to provide the best possible student experience.

The search committee, chaired by Ms. Amaris Matos, Executive Adviser for Equity, Office of the President, includes:

  • Mr. Stephen Atkins, Affirmative Action Representative, ASAP Student Career Senior Advisor
  • Dr. Beth Counihan, Faculty Executive Committee, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Professor and Chairperson, Biological Sciences and Geology
  • Ms. Veronika Lucas, Dean of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Timothy G. Lynch, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Tikola Russell, Assistant Dean for Student Development, Student Affairs
  • Mr. Arnab Sharma, President, Student Government Association

As part of the search process, I am committed to creating opportunities for the campus community to meet the finalists for this role and to provide feedback.

I encourage you to share the position details within your networks.


Sincerely,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

We Want to Hear From You: Fall 2021 Reopening

March 25, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

We want to hear from you as we continue to plan for our limited reopening this fall. Later today, you will receive a survey prepared by CUNY that will help us understand your thoughts about our limited return to campus. I encourage you to complete the survey and attend the next Town Hall Meeting on April 9 at 3 PM so that we can move forward with your feedback in mind. A link to register for the April Town Hall will be sent early next week.

As discussed during last month’s Town Hall, we plan to offer a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and online classes in the fall. We also understand that CUNY is finalizing a remote work policy that will help clarify the circumstances in which our staff members will work on campus or work from home next fall. We will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has or is planning to get vaccinated when eligible. Our shared commitment to health and safety will benefit our entire community as we approach the fall. To learn more about eligibility and appointments, visit the CUNY Vaccination Information Page.


Sincerely,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

We stand with the AAPI community

March 18, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Anti-Asian violence has surged, reaching a crisis point across America with almost 3,000 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate recorded by California-based Stop AAPI Hate since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amidst protests, demonstrations and rallies throughout the city, local media report that verbal assault, physical attacks and violence against Asian Americans are on the rise.

Queensborough student, Jose Gonzalez, wrote in Collective (Queensborough’s Student Literary Journal) about his experience last year:

… I wear a mask, I wear gloves however, the passengers on the train look at me differently. Hundreds of thousands are infected with the novel virus, thousands have died yet because I am from Asian descent and look a certain way, we are to blame for this novel virus. It’s not safe anymore for my people. The looks evolved to stares. The stares manifest to comments. I feel like an outsider, an alien with a disease.

This wave of persecution linked to COVID-19 has harmed many people of Asian descent. Research has already shown the negative impact it is having on their social, physical, and psychological well-being, leading to higher rates of mental health issues, described in the literature as a shadow pandemic itself.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among all people is critical to Queensborough’s mission. Our College, itself a vibrant part of the Asian American community, condemns all forms of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American racism and bigotry. We join America’s Asian and Pacific Islanders communities and our wider community to denounce Asian racism and stand in solidarity to prevent, confront and stop racism and intolerance wherever it occurs.

As we continue to social distance, we all share the need to feel connected, respected and united. It is important that we let everyone in our campus community impacted by racism know that Queensborough is here to help.

Faculty and staff can acquire assistance from the College’s Affirmative Action Pluralism & Diversity/Compliance Office through Josephine A. Pantaleo, Chief Diversity Officer, as well as CUNY’s Work/Life program (code: CUNY or 24/7 on 800-833-8707). The Counseling Center remains available to provide help to students and now hosts a daily "Let’s Connect!" group for students to come together to share their remote learning and social experiences during COVID.

Please do not hesitate to reach out. During this difficult time, our college community must come together to support each other.


Sincerely,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College

One Year Later We #VaxUpCUNY

March 11, 2021

US flag waving

Dear Colleagues:

Queensborough joins CUNY as we mark the anniversary of Governor Cuomo’s directive for CUNY and other universities in New York State to cease in-person classes in response to the emergence of COVID-19.

On the Queensborough campus, flags fly at half-staff as we pay tribute to colleagues, students, friends, and other members of our Queensborough family lost to the pandemic. I invite you to leave sympathy messages on our University “In Memoriam” page to commemorate their lives and contributions.

As we work through this challenge, we remain grateful for the resilience and determination of our community. Together, we have not just sustained our college but reimagined and strengthened it.

Today, CUNY also introduced the #VaxUpCUNY campaign and updated vaccination resources on its Coronavirus website. Please bookmark and visit the page frequently for the latest official guidance about vaccine eligibility and access to appointments.

We must work in solidarity to ensure equitable vaccine distribution. As of March 1, available CDC data showed that nearly two thirds of vaccine recipients were White and only 24% were Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Although deeply disturbed by these data, I am heartened by the stories I have heard from colleagues who have shared information, helped friends and relatives secure appointments, and encouraged others to get vaccinated.

Remember, the more vaccinations there are, the safer and more successful our fall 2021 semester will be. As Chancellor Matos Rodríguez said today, getting vaccinated is the most important step we can take to ensure the return to in-person instruction and the resumption of daily life that we are so eager to see.

Stay Safe,
Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Fall Update

March 08, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Ellen Hartigan who begins today as Queensborough’s Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. As noted last month, Ellen will serve while we conduct a national search for a permanent, innovative leader with a diversity of experience and a demonstrated commitment to equity, academic excellence, and student success.

Commitment to these values, and our intention to provide students as much on-campus experience as possible, were among the many issues addressed at Friday’s COVID Town Hall Meeting. I want to extend a special thank you to the more than 300 faculty and staff who participated in this very productive discussion.

As you know from the recent communication sent by CUNY Chancellor, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, we expect that Fall 2021 will mark a limited return to campus.

While we are awaiting further guidance from the federal government, state government, CUNY central, and other authorities, we are beginning preparations for our limited return.

I cannot emphasize enough that we must approach this process as a learning experience, and remain flexible in the event there is a resurgence of the virus.

Fall will likely consist of a mix of online and in-person teaching and learning, and research, which will allow our students to have a campus experience.

This campus experience will include required face masks, strict physical distancing, health screening protocols, and changes to facilities. Vice President Faulkner shared a health and safety guide with the community last Thursday. He’ll be sharing an updated version later this week that incorporates the answers to the many excellent questions and points raised at the town hall. I encourage you to review it as it will provide a greater sense of the health and safety measures that the campus will implement to protect the well-being of our community. In the meantime following are important announcements:

  • Spring will remain 99% online with limited activities on site which have been approved for necessity.
  • Summer sessions will be very similar, with a few in-person courses. We’ll be doing a lot of work behind the scenes over the summer to solicit feedback and identify best practices to prepare for fall.
  • For those wondering about Commencement this spring: Yes, we will have a ceremony! It will be virtual and we are making sure that students and faculty have opportunities to share and celebrate their success. It will be hosted online on Friday, June 4.

 

We have learned so much this past year about modes of teaching and learning, about conducting research off-campus and new ways of engaging our community. I am so impressed by the way in which people continue to demonstrate their outstanding dedication and innovation, and treat one another with compassion, kindness and understanding.

In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to listen to your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. And I will continue to keep you informed.

Thank you,


Christine


Dr. Christine Mangino

President

Update: Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment

February 22, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Ellen Hartigan will return to Queensborough Community College as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management while we conduct a national search for a permanent, innovative leader with a diversity of experience and a demonstrated commitment to equity, academic excellence, and student success.

Ellen will bring nearly 40 years of higher education experience and deep knowledge of the CUNY system to the role effective March 8. While Ellen will not be returning to Queensborough permanently, as Interim Vice President she will enable us to move forward, timely and efficiently, and achieve our goals during these challenging times.

Following her retirement from Queensborough in 2014, Ellen served as Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at John Jay College from 2019-2021. During this time, she established John Jay’s first LGBTQ+ Resource Center and was known for her “students first,” philosophy which includes inviting students to call or text her directly about their college experience. She oversaw 21 student support offices including: Admissions & Recruitment, Financial Services, Dean of Students, Counseling Services, the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, and more.

Ellen served as Queensborough’s Vice President of Student Affairs for 10 years, overseeing 18 student support departments, the integration of enrollment processes, the simplification of financial aid processes, and contributing to the establishment of the Freshman Academies. At the same time, she introduced new technologies designed to streamline communication with prospective and current students.

Previously, Ellen spent 15 years at Polytechnic University where she served for 10 years as Vice President for Student Affairs and Alumni Development and directed the opening of the institution’s first residence hall, athletic facilities, and dining areas at its new MetroTech Center. Earlier in her career, Ellen served in similar capacities at Adelphi University, Fairfield University, and Marist College.

Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College, a master’s in educational administration from Fairfield University, and an advanced certificate from the Institute on College Admissions at Harvard University.

 

Search Process

In the coming days, we will launch a nationwide search for the permanent leadership of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The search committee will be chaired by Ms. Amaris Matos, Executive Adviser for Equity, Office of the President. Members will include:

  • Mr. Stephen Atkins, Affirmative Action Representative, ASAP Student Career Senior Advisor
  • Dr. Beth Counihan, Faculty Executive Committee, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Professor and Chairperson, Biological Sciences and Geology
  • Ms. Veronika Lucas, Dean of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Timothy G. Lynch, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Tikola Russell, Assistant Dean for Student Development, Student Affairs
  • Mr. Arnab Sharma, President, Student Government Association

As part of the search process, will create opportunities in the spring for the entire Queensborough community to meet the finalists for this role and to provide feedback.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Brian Kerr, and his team for their support during this period of transition. Brian will work closely with Ellen throughout the changeover.

I am very much looking forward to working with Ellen as we take the time to conduct a comprehensive search for this role, which is critical to the success of our students.

Please join me in welcoming Ellen back to Queensborough!

Thank you,
Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Reminder: Update: President's Cabinet

February 16, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to share with you some important changes to my Cabinet:

As many of you know, Ms. Rosemary Zins, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, will retire this week. For more than 15 years, Rosemary has spearheaded the College’s fundraising initiatives, alumni and government relations, management of the QCC Fund, Inc., as well as leadership of Queensborough’s three cultural centers: the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), and the QCC Art Gallery. Under her direction, the College completed its goal for the Invest in CUNY Campaign two years ahead of schedule and successfully obtained millions of dollars of capital and expense funding for campus improvements and community programs. Rosemary, through her advocacy and relentless support of our students, has helped change the lives of countless individuals who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend Queensborough.

Dr. Brian Kerr, Vice President for Student Affairs, announced last week that he will transition to John Jay College as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in March. During one of my first days as president, Brian shared with me that he was selected as a finalist for the position. Since then, I have had the privilege of getting to know Brian both personally and professionally. Like so many of you, I have come to appreciate his caring demeanor and passion for our students. I am pleased that Brian has agreed to be involved in the search for our next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. In the coming days, we will identify an interim candidate for the position and launch a national search for a permanent, innovative leader with a demonstrated commitment to equity, academic excellence, and student success.

Following discussions earlier this semester with Ms. Sherri Newcomb, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (SVP & COO), she will step down from Queensborough, effective February 17th. I extend my deepest thanks to Sherri for her service as SVP & COO over the past four and a half years. Sherri brought more than 30 years of experience working in higher education to her role, and institutionalized the use of data analytics and governance at Queensborough. As many of you know, she also served as Queensborough’s Vice President for Finance and Administration from 2008-2013 and successfully led the implementation of CUNYfirst Campus Solutions and related ERP modules as a vanguard campus for CUNY. For these, and her countless other contributions, our campus is stronger.

Across the nation, community colleges are faced with new budgetary constraints and enrollment challenges. At Queensborough, we must continue to confront these issues, as well as the changing needs of our community. As we embark on long-term planning and address current priorities, the following roles and responsibilities within Cabinet will be streamlined:

  • The position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will be discontinued;
  • Mr. William Faulkner, Vice President for Finance and Administration, will take on all additional duties related to Queensborough’s budget and resource planning; and
  • Mr. Stephen Di Dio, Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, will assume the additional duties associated with the role of Vice President for Institutional Advancement as well as oversee the Office of Information Technology.

I am grateful to my colleagues for their continued leadership and service to our community.

Rosemary, Brian, and Sherri have enriched Queensborough through their commitment, dedication, and distinguished service to our community, for which we are grateful, and from which we will benefit for many years to come. Please join me in celebrating their contributions and achievements and wishing each of them the very best in all of their endeavors. You may share a wish, memory, or message with each of our colleagues using these special links: Ms. Rosemary Zins; Dr. Brian Kerr; and Ms. Sherri Newcomb.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Welcome Back!

January 29, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome Back!

It is around this time each year, while in the depths of winter, that we all start longing for spring. Now these feelings take on greater meaning as we welcome 2021 and all that it signifies.

The first word that comes to my mind is renewal.

Renewal goes hand-in-hand with hope, with optimism and with new beginnings. Our spring semester, which starts today, encompasses all of these feelings, and more.

Our spring semester coincides with the approval and initial distribution of the COVID vaccines. This momentous achievement enables us to begin planning for a safe and gradual return to mostly in-person instruction and support services perhaps as early as fall 2021. The University will provide additional guidance on this, which we will share, over the coming weeks and months. I am very focused on these developments and have appointed Vice Presidents Faulkner and Di Dio as the CUNY Coronavirus Campus Coordinator and Liaison, respectively. They will share updates in the coming days.

I am extremely proud of our community; we have all demonstrated amazing resilience in the face of this unprecedented challenge, and we have all come together as educators focused on student success.

The pandemic has upended lives and has been particularly hard on our students, some of whom are in crises due to unemployment and illness. The CARES Act has been providing students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover specific expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. While these funds are vital to our students in need, they are temporary. I am hopeful more aid becomes available to students in the coming months.

Enrollment and retention remain front of mind. I am pleased to report that Queensborough is the best performing in terms of enrollment among all CUNY community colleges that start their semesters today, but like most colleges, there is much work to do in this respect. Our current enrollment is down 9.3% compared to the CUNY community college average decline of 13.7%. I am grateful we are ahead, thanks to the efforts of all members of the campus community who are working to support enrollment and retention.

Those efforts also extend to the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) and the success of their in-demand technology programs and partnerships with companies such as Google and Amazon. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, for the $5 million grant awarded by The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Strengthening Community College Training Grants (or SCC) program. Dr. Hsu will lead five other community colleges on designing accelerated pathway models with employers.

As we respond to the needs of our community and the realities of COVID-19, we must remain especially thoughtful of one another to ensure that Queensborough continues to be welcoming and receptive to all people, ideas and voices.

The recent appointment of Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Associate Professor, English, as Queensborough’s Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will help us advance equity, racial justice, equality, inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout our college. Please note that Dr. Smith will appear on Queens Public Television’s “Queens Conversations,” on February 4th for a program dedicated to Black History Month.

I also want to acknowledge Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Research Activities, Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine. Dr. Lall-Ramnarine will be responsible for a wide range of Queensborough’s research, scholarly, and creative activities and will serve as our Research Integrity Officer.

I have met many faculty and staff who keep our students engaged, supported and successful. Their exemplary approach to student-centered learning and service inspired me to create The President's Queensborough Community C.A.R.E.S. Award, to honor faculty and staff whose efforts and achievements demonstrate a commitment to our students, beyond what is expected, and an attitude of caring and selflessness. Congratulations to our inaugural recipients: Janine Savva Academic ASAP Student Advisor, and Isabel Hocevar, Director of Health Services. I invite all supervisors to nominate those who go above and beyond to make every experience for every student a positive and supportive encounter.

I am equally impressed at the creative and innovative ways our faculty inspire students to stay involved and curious during these times. For example, Physics Professor Dr. Paul Marchese developed an on-line curriculum for the STEM Research Academy that allows students to conduct detailed, sophisticated research online, without any access to lab study. Ten students presented their research at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Additionally, Dr. Monica Trujillo and colleagues have been investigating traces of COVID-19 in local wastewater to determine how widespread and active the pandemic is in the five boroughs and beyond. CUNY-TV featured their work.

Our distinguished Cultural Centers are also creating innovative ways to bring world-class performances and exhibits to their audiences online.

The QCC Art Gallery hosts various, virtual events with distinguished guest artists. The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center hosted a high profile virtual event on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the first partnership among six New York regional Holocaust centers. It was the Center’s largest event, with nearly 1,000 people in attendance. And QPAC LIVE! continues to present quality, diverse, live streaming entertainment every week with appearances by award-winning performers. Tune in tonight at 7pm for The Great American Songbook! presented by singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer Ann Hampton Callaway.

Later this semester the college community will begin our five-year Strategic Plan development process, as we advance Queensborough’s mission to enhance the success of our students and the well-being of our community. The process will be inclusive and respectful of everyone’s voice, so please participate and share your observations, expertise and vision about our future together.

Finally, I am heartened that our First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, a scholar and community college professor, will maintain her paying job outside of the White House. Dr. Biden will likely bring greater attention and advocacy to higher education, particularly the diverse experiences of community college students and the hard work of their committed and dedicated educators. I am hopeful that policy makers and elected officials will continue to recognize, as we have always known, how truly important community colleges are to the strength and vitality of our country.

So, with a new year here and a new world on the horizon, let us be mindful and proud of all of the wonderful contributions we make each day that together makes us who we are: leaders in higher education.

Remember that my Cabinet and I are always here to support your success. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Have a wonderful semester,
Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Herstory is Made

January 20, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students and Colleagues,

A few moments ago, Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants, made history as the first woman, Black, and Asian American to be sworn in to the nation's second-highest office.

This historic first is even more inspiring because she was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Justice, using a Bible that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

Their stories and backgrounds are similar to the experiences of our students, who come from all over New York, and the world, following dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

Our students, like these leaders, have shown extraordinary courage to overcome barriers. Their achievements are a testament to their education, hard work, and determination to succeed. We are so very proud of them.

This week, as we mark the triumph of Martin Luther King, Jr., let us find inspiration and strength in the success of Vice President Harris. As with her, the possibilities and opportunities before us are infinite.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Persist this Spring!

January 19, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students,

During this difficult time, it is important that we continue to care for our families and friends, our loved ones, and our communities. I want to reach out today to students who have not yet registered for spring semester classes.

I want you to stay on track, graduate and achieve all of your dreams.

I, too, was a community college student who struggled at times to stay on track. I recognize that you're also faced with many new challenges as a result of COVID.

When I was in college, I had to work more than one job and I later became a single mother who worked four jobs to make ends meet. I understand the pressure you're feeling. There were times when I felt like taking a semester off from college, but I never stopped because I knew I might not have an opportunity to start again. I wanted to make a better life for myself, and I want the same for you. And now, looking back, I am most proud that I persisted and stuck with my studies, even when it felt nearly impossible to continue.

If you continue with your studies now, and as you work through this challenging time, when you reach that final goal of graduation you will have made it through something few will have experienced, and that will serve you well in your life:

  • By continuing your studies you are creating a personal narrative of perseverance, something you can proudly note on four-year college admissions essays and on job applications
  • By not taking a semester off and registering for spring, you will be closer to graduation and better positioned for opportunities the gradual return to normalcy will provide, particularly jobs, internships and scholarship opportunities
  • You are in control of your future, and earning your degree sooner rather than later will help you get the most from your degree earlier in life, including greater earnings potential, better employment opportunities, and more.
In addition, all of us at Queensborough are here to help you persist and succeed: from your professors and your advisers to tutors; from career coaches and financial aid counselors to student ambassadors and mental health counselors; from transfer resource counselors to the center for students with disabilities and veterans services; and so many others.

I am very proud of the fact I started my career as a community college student, and you should be as well. All I ask is that you let us help you reach your goal of earning a college degree.

Please logon to CUNYfirst today to register for the Spring '21 semester, and if you wish to speak with an Academic Adviser first, please attend one of our virtual walk-in advisement sessions. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the advisement office at 718-631-6329 or e-mail AcademyAdvisement@qcc.cuny.edu.

I want you to know that I am proud of you, and that I have faith in your ability to succeed! I hope you will join us for the spring semester and continue on your path to success.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Recent Events

January 7, 2021

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Queensborough Community:

Like so many of you, I watched in shock and sadness as violence consumed the United States Capitol.

What occurred yesterday was an attack on our democracy and values. The riot contradicted our ideals of civic dialogue and engagement; the very foundations of our democracy, our society, and our college. Our role as a community of educators and learners has never been more crucial: to advance the free exchange of ideas, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

For more than half a century, Queensborough has been one of the most democratizing institutions in our nation. Sustained by generations of immigrants, many of whom fled oppressive and dysfunctional governments, our community has been a source of inspiration and positive change.

Many of us are feeling uneasy and distressed. Please know that we are here to help. Students may contact the Counseling Center by calling (718) 631-6370 or sending an e-mail to counseling@qcc.cuny.edu. Faculty and staff can seek assistance through the CUNY Work Life Program. Anyone who needs to talk with someone after hours can contact NYC Well for free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone at 1-888-NYC-WELL, text “Well” to 65173, or chat online.

I find strength and resolve in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

Let us find comfort in the compassion we share and the good work we do every day.

Respectfully,

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

We did it!

December 23, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,

I cannot believe it is the end of the semester already! Whereas the close of this fall semester marks an ongoing, turbulent time of uncertainty, it also provides an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and recognize our excellent faculty and staff, who continue to inspire our students to work toward their goals.

We are nine months into working remotely. Although we have become better with working and teaching from a distance, I look forward to shifting the conversation from ‘how can we make this happen’, to ‘how can we do this better’.

While 2020 brought many new challenges, I am heartened that many in our college community continued to reach positive milestones in their personal and professional lives, whether earning tenure, achieving promotions, receiving grants; or celebrating births of children or grandchildren, marriages and other celebrations. These moments provide not only respite, but the realization that hope for the future is what gives us the strength to persevere.

I am also encouraged that we have hundreds of students graduating this semester, including our Student Government President, Asia Khan. We also have thousands more who successfully completed the fall semester, making progress towards their degree and increasing their skills along with their discipline-specific knowledge.

Additionally, our faculty have received accolades. We named Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of English, our Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

On December 4, the College held its first Virtual Undergraduate Research Day, an event that showcased the work of undergraduate researchers and their mentors. It’s humbling to see our students so engaged and to see the passion our faculty have for sharing knowledge and showing the value of learning together.

Sharing knowledge, moving towards greater diversity and inclusion, determination, and resilience...these are only a few of the words and phrases that have defined our efforts the past nine months. And while many of us wait patiently for our turn in line for the COVID vaccine, we all look to the new year with anticipation and a sense of renewed hope for seeing each other back on campus in the fall of 2021.

Although many of us are still working through the winter break, reaching out to students at every opportunity to help them register and prepare for next semester, I do hope everyone gets to take a breath. Take some time for yourself, and recognize all you have been able to do and accomplish in 2020. And please remember to reflect on your own remarkable perseverance and outstanding success—qualities you instill in all of our students each day.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President

Thankful

November 26, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,

Although 2020 continues to be a challenging year for all of us, let us take the time this Thanksgiving holiday to be grateful for what we have and for the people we love.

As president of Queensborough, I am thankful for the care we give, the opportunities we provide, and the purpose we all share. I am thankful for and proud of our response to the pandemic this year, our community’s resilience, and the leadership shown by our faculty and staff on behalf of our students.

We all have had to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances while maintaining our high level of academic and support services remotely. I am grateful that our faculty and staff have so effectively managed the needs of our students during such a challenging time.

We are all disappointed with having fewer opportunities to see our students on campus this fall and spring; but, despite these challenges, we have worked together and made the sacrifices necessary to keep our community healthy and safe.

President Kennedy said that we must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. Please accept this Thanksgiving message as an expression of my thanks and appreciation for everything you do that makes our college one of the best in the nation.

I wish you and your families happiness and good health this Thanksgiving.

With gratitude,

Christine
Dr. Christine Mangino

A Request from the President's Task Force for Community Engagement

November 18, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,

The President’s Task Force on Community Engagement, whose membership appears below, was formed in September to broaden and deepen President Christine Mangino’s relationships both with internal and with external constituencies of the institution and to identify key challenges and opportunities that the college should address as it plans for the future.

In an effort to help the president in these ways, the task force has developed a survey for the campus community. Your participation in the survey is critical to assisting the president to understand the needs and priorities of the campus community. To access the survey, please click on this link.

Please complete the survey by Friday, November 20.

President’s Task Force on Community Engagement

  • Dr. Arthur Corradetti, Academic Affairs, Chair
  • Ms. Susan Agin, Executive Director, QPAC, Institution Advancement
  • Ms. Shirley Chen, Associate Budget Director, Office of Chief Operating Officer & SVP
  • Dr. Steven Dahlke, Chair, Academic Senate Steering Committee
  • Mr. Stephen Di Dio, Vice President & Chief Marketing & Communication Officer (ex officio)
  • Dr. Margot Edlin, Chair, Faculty Executive Committee
  • Ms. Elaine Ioannou, Executive Assistant to the President
  • Ms. Amaris Matos, Executive Advisor to the President for Equity
  • Ms. Alexandra Pyak, ASAP, Student Affairs
  • Ms. Tikola Russell, Assistant Dean for Student Development/Conduct, Student Affairs
  • Mr. Arnab Sharma, Executive Vice President, SGA
  • Ms. Ronni Weprin, Special Events, Institutional Advancement



Thank you very much for your support of these efforts.

Regards, Artie

Arthur Corradetti
Chair, President’s Task Force on Community Engagement
Dean for Institutional Effectiveness


Saluting Our Veterans

November 11, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,

Today we honor our veterans for their service to our country and our community, and the sacrifices they and their families have made to protect our freedom.

Many of Queensborough's students, faculty and staff have served our country, and many are currently serving. Their presence and contribution to the character of our institution is immeasurable.

Queensborough is proud of its designation as a Military Friendly college. We are recognized as a top destination for military students because of the resources and services we provide to ensure their success. It is a privilege and honor to serve our veteran community. ​​

Late this afternoon, I met with extraordinary student Veterans who shared with me their stories of determination and bravery, and their appreciation for what Queensborough and CUNY provides for them as students who serve in the Armed Forces.

Among our alumni is United States Marine Corporal Shaneen Festus. While at Queensborough, Shaneen worked as a tutor with our Veteran Services, serving as an inspiration for all our student Veterans. Read and watch her story.

On behalf of the entire Queensborough community, thank you to all veterans for your service, your selflessness and your commitment to our country.

Thank you.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

October 14, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Queensborough Faculty and Staff:

The City University of New York (CUNY) has a long-standing commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of employment practices. At Queensborough Community College, I fully support the policies and practices that we have implemented to foster non-discrimination, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It is my personal belief that CUNY is enriched by the strengths of the people and perspectives represented here.

Accordingly, I am committed to oversee Queensborough Community College compliance with the CUNY Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and on Sexual Misconduct.

The Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy states CUNY’s commitment to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, unemployment status, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state, and city laws. I remind you that Italian Americans are included among CUNY’s protected groups. Additionally, as a federal contractor, CUNY engages in affirmative action consistent with federal requirements. I invite you to visit our website: Affirmative Action/Pluralism and Diversity/Compliance Office to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including the complaint procedures and prohibition against retaliation.

I have assigned the responsibility for implementation and monitoring of our compliance program to the Chief Diversity Officer, Josephine Pantaleo, who will also serve as the 504/ADA Coordinator.

It is also the University’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments, when appropriate, to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, individuals who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions and victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses. The process for addressing these issues is set forth in CUNY’s Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments and may be found at: Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments.

The vice presidents, deans, directors, managers and supervisors share responsibility for ensuring our compliance with these policies and laws.

The Affirmative Action Diversity Office is located in the Administration Building, room 309. In this remote environment, the office can be reached via telephone at 718-631-6391. Additionally, any individual who believes that he or she has experienced employment discrimination should immediately contact Josephine Pantaleo at 718-631-6391 or email her at JPantaleo@qcc.cuny.edu. Although the college would prefer the opportunity to investigate allegations of discrimination internally and remedy situations where the law or college and University policies have been violated, a complainant may, at any time, file a complaint of discrimination with a city, state or federal administrative agency that enforces the law prohibiting discrimination. This information may be found here: List of External Resources.

CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence. Inquiries concerning sexual misconduct or sex discrimination may be made to Belinda Delgado, Esq., Title IX Officer, whom I have designated to oversee such matters. Ms. Delgado’s office is located in the Administration Building, room 413. While remote, the office can be contacted at 718-281-5755 or by email at BDelgado@qcc.cuny.edu. Information for filing such allegations externally may be found at: List of External Resources.

I ask for your continued support to ensure equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion in all employment practices at Queensborough Community College.

Thank you.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

Announcing the Executive Advisor to the President for equity

September 14, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to share with you the interim appointment of Ms. Amaris Matos as Queensborough Community College’s first Executive Advisor to the President for equity, effective Monday, September 14, 2020.

As President of one of the most diverse colleges in the nation, I am steadfast in my commitment to inclusiveness, mutual respect and equity. As educators, we must do more than recognize and celebrate our diversity; we must scrutinize our policies, systems and practices, and change them, when necessary, to ensure that Queensborough is welcoming, safe and open to all people, ideas and voices.

Education that is truly respectful of everyone requires that we work together to continue fostering transparency and accountability among all members of our college community.

A first-generation college graduate from East Harlem, Ms. Matos most recently served as Director of Academic Affairs at Hostos, driving initiatives across the institution and working directly with students, faculty and staff in ways that supported the college’s goals and elevated the college’s diversity and inclusion ideals.

While at Hostos, Ms. Matos identified and addressed issues of access and equity in registration and enrollment processes, and introduced practices that addressed the needs of marginalized populations. Additionally, she worked with senior leadership on college-wide Cultural Competencies, and sought to align administrative practices with institutional access and equity goals.

As the liaison to the Hostos Diversity Plan, Ms. Matos helped track and report metrics that informed the college’s policies and practices. She also served as chief writer for the college’s 2017 Middle States Periodic Review Report and the 2020 Middle States Self-Study Design. In both reports, Ms. Matos centered the college’s work, addressing its historical role in educating students from diverse backgrounds, particularly Latinx and African Americans.

Early in her career, as a counselor at Prep for Prep, the nation’s foremost program for academically gifted African American, Latinx, and Asian American students, she supported the academic and personal growth of high school and college students, helping many – especially those among the first in their families to aspire to college – attend some of the most highly selective colleges in the country.

Her own college career began at Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Government. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine; and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College.

Ms. Matos shares my commitment to collaborating with faculty, staff and students across Queensborough to strengthen and advance our culture of fairness and inclusion. She is the proud daughter of a single-mother who instilled in her a love for learning and an understanding of the role of education in creating social mobility. As a member of my Cabinet, her leadership, based on mutual trust and respect, will benefit our entire community.

I would like to thank my colleagues, both within the administration and from among the Black Faculty and Staff Association, who advocated for this college-wide role. Together with the upcoming appointment of a Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and working collaboratively with our current Chief Diversity Officer, I am confident Ms. Matos will advance many institutional initiatives in this important area.

Please join me in welcoming Amaris.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Memories from the horrific events that took place on September 11, 2001, will forever live on in our hearts and minds.

Nineteen years after this historic tragedy, many of us vividly remember where we were, what we were doing and who we were with on that fateful morning. We will never forget all those lost and those who are still affected, including members of our community.

Some of my own memories are of the days that followed, when inspiring communities of support were formed to comfort and aid the courageous first responders, and the grieving families of victims. Queensborough also is an inspiring community that draws upon its resilience to support our students, who look to us for assurance that we are all united in our values of inclusion, respect and hope.

I invite you to pause, wherever you may be, and reflect upon these values as we observe a moment of silence with the entire Queensborough community at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane struck the North Tower.

My partner, John, worked in one of the towers and is a survivor of the attack. Too many of his colleagues, who also survived the day, have passed away in recent years due to illnesses related to that horrific day.

As we remember sacrifices made and lives lost and damaged, let us reach out to share our compassion with all the members of our community, and others, who have experienced inconsolable grief over the years since 9/11.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

Remembering September 11, 2001

A great first week of classes!

September 2, 2020

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,
We made it through the first week of fall classes in this online world. It is quite a different world than September 1960, the first time students attended classes at Queensborough! This unprecedented new semester presents challenges for all of us, and I am grateful to all of you for a successful first week.

We have made great strides since we first transitioned to distance learning in mid-March. (Whoever would have thought we would still be remote in September?) And although we are all still navigating new technologies, facing many first-time challenges, and developing new best practices, we are now more confident addressing issues as they arise. I want to thank each of you for your dedication to our students, and acknowledge the Office of Educational Technology. I am grateful for the generous and thoughtful feedback that I have received from faculty and staff.

My first 100 days as President are dedicated to listening and learning. I’ve already met with many department chairs, and will soon meet with all academic departments. I also had the privilege of meeting with key administrators in the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, as well as with the Directors of the Kupferberg Holocaust and Queensborough Performing Arts Centers. Last week I met with the Labor Management Committee and the Academic Senate Steering Committee.
I’ve also met with the Chancellor, several members of his cabinet, and our local elected officials. In each of these meetings, I’ve shared stories of the extraordinary work being done at Queensborough, and advocated on behalf of each of our students and all members of our faculty and staff.

During my meetings with department heads, faculty and staff, I am asking everyone how the pandemic has made them reassess and even change their priorities. I am also asking about priorities before COVID. I am enjoying learning about where people see opportunities on our campus for improvement and innovation, as well as what they believe works really well. Learning about the many working details of the college is an ongoing process, as will be getting to know each of you on a more personal level. I look forward to both.

In the weeks to come, I will continue my focus on our immediate priorities of enrollment, fall retention, and identifying external funding to help support the college’s work.

Our colleagues in Student Affairs are making phone calls to our new students to see how they are adjusting. We are also identifying opportunities for student engagement events to help these students feel more connected to the college, especially in this remote environment. I encourage each of you to consider sending a congratulatory email or Starfish ‘kudos’ to your students on a successful first week. The challenges they face are considerable. Ideally, each student will make a connection with a faculty or staff member so they have someone to support their transition to college.

Queensborough is a community where people come to be challenged, to grow, to contribute and do the best work of their lives. It is no surprise that we were recently ranked as the number one community college in New York. I am privileged to be here.

I wish all of you a productive second week and continued success throughout the fall.

Christine

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

Thank You! A Conversation with President Christine Mangino

August 26, 2020
CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Colleagues,

I thoroughly enjoyed my webcast conversation today with Dr. Steven Dahlke. Thank you for joining us.

Steven and I began our conversation with a moment of silence for those who have suffered and died because of racial injustice, as well as for those members of our University community who lost their lives because of COVID-19. We are indeed living through challenging times.

The conversation was a wonderful opportunity to share some of my thoughts and ideas on education and some of my own experiences, many of which mirror those of our students, especially first-generation college students like me.

As a student, community college provided me with room to grow. As a teacher, researcher, and administrator, I learned that positive change can happen at all levels. It takes determination and accountability, not just from an individual, but from a community.

As we take action together on inequality, in all of its forms, and respond to the health and safety needs of our community, especially as it pertains to the coronavirus, the College’s long held principles of diversity, integrity, tolerance and courage will guide us.

These values, which we share, will inform my leadership at Queensborough. I look forward to collaborating with you, the Chief Diversity Officer, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and others on these priorities; and I will continue with the appointment of a Faculty Fellow for Diversity, a process announced and initiated by Dr. Timothy Lynch.

Thank you, Dr. Dahlke, for your kindness and for a great talk. If you missed our conversation, you can view the recording.

I hope everyone’s first day of classes is going well. You have my understanding, my encouragement and my full support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christine Mangino
President
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York


A Conversation between President Christine Mangino, Ed. D. and Professor Steven Dahlke, Ph. D.

A Message From The President

August 17, 2020
CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members,

I am excited and honored to serve as Queensborough Community College's sixth president. I believe strongly in the College, its academic excellence, its people, and the CUNY values we share in providing access, equity, economic mobility and infinite opportunities for our students to succeed.

I am grateful to Interim President Lynch for his leadership and continuing service as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Like so many CUNY students, we were both first generation college graduates and we believe wholeheartedly in the transformative power of Queensborough.

I discovered my love for learning as a student at community college. It is because of my education and my experiences as a researcher and teacher that I place student success at the center of my work, and I strive for continuous improvement and innovation.

Student success and equity informs our thinking and every decision we make here, especially as we strive to make Queensborough's transformative education available to more students, from all backgrounds and all experiences. 

Together we will broaden the Queensborough community, strengthen our borough, and prepare more people for fulfilling careers and higher education.

Sincerely,

Christine Mangino, EdD
President-designate
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York


Thank You

August 17, 2020

Public Safety officers on the campus of QCCDear Colleagues,

I write to express my gratitude for the many warm welcome wishes that I received today. I am inspired, energized, and ready to work together to ensure the success of our students.

On this first day, I had the privilege of bringing physically distant greetings to those Public Safety Officers who are working to keep the campus safe in our absence. I also had a virtual meeting with students and alumni who excelled in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. They shared with me stories of how Queensborough empowered and transformed their lives.

  • Biling Chen, ’19, for example, arrived from China with little understanding of the English language, and a passion to explore the world of science. Through her own will to succeed, coupled with the guidance of her faculty mentors, Biling’s hard work led to some of the most prestigious awards in the country, namely, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship as well as CUNY’s Thomas Tam Scholarship.

  • Another Jack Kent Cooke recipient, Kyle Chin-How, ’15, discovered his desire to pursue public interest law and became an advocate for public education and DREAM Act legislation. Originally from Guyana, Kyle interned for Vice President Joe Biden and became a NYS Model Senator. Kyle is a graduate of The City College of New York in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies.

  • Paola Beniquez, ’17, is an elite athlete who commanded the volleyball court since she first enrolled at Queensborough. The wave of recognition she received, which included the CUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, was spectacular. Paola shared with me heartwarming stories of growing up in Puerto Rico, and how the Queensborough community came together to support her when she went back to her island home to help those ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

These are just a few of the students who have experienced great success because of the difference Queensborough has made in their lives. And they are wonderful reminders of the great impact each of us has in the lives of all of our students. I could not have asked for a better way to begin our journey together.

Sincerely,

Christine Mangino, EdD
President-designate
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

A message from the President

August 17, 2020
CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

During the past several weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting students, faculty, staff, and community partners to introduce myself and learn more about your interests, hopes and aspirations. I am so impressed by your passion and dedication to our college community. I look forward to meeting with many more of you in the weeks and months ahead.

Dr. Lynch and I have been working closely during the transition, and he has been generous with his time. We are very fortunate to have Tim continue here as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, as we are to have Dr. Palmer continue in her former role as Dean of Faculty. I had the pleasure of working with Sandra as a fellow community college Provost over the past two years, and I look forward to collaborating with her at Queensborough.

I have been a part of CUNY for 16 years, and I am familiar with Queensborough’s excellent reputation for academics, student services, and undergraduate research. Learning more about these accomplishments shows me that the future for our students is one of great promise. I want us to build on these strengths and continue our focus on student success and equity. For example, how can we as educators help to close achievement gaps in gender and ethnicity in higher education?

One of my top priorities will be to make sure our students’ journeys remains clear and unobstructed. This is particularly important as we prepare students for online instruction in the vast majority of classes this fall. Like me, many of our students are the first to go to college in their family. We must do our best to make their first college experience a rewarding one – and one that will provide clear paths to success even in this new, challenging environment.

Student success and equity will inform our thinking and every decision we make across the college, especially as we take steps to build enrollment, improve retention, and increase graduation rates. By propelling more students into bachelor programs and more rewarding careers, we will advance Queensborough’s reputation as a robust engine of economic mobility.

As we prepare for an online semester, please consider how important it is for our students to feel connected. We will need to work together so they transition effectively, connect with their faculty and classmates, and feel a sense of community with the college. As a former community college student myself, I know how vital these connections are. First-year students, especially, often struggle with the transition and making it through the semester. Their challenges will be great, and they will need more intentional support from all of us.

Together, we can ensure all of our students have what they need to succeed.

I could not be more grateful for the warm reception. Thank you for your fall preparation, for welcoming me, inspiring me, and showing me what Queensborough is all about.

I am excited to get to know each of you, and to call Queensborough home.

Sincerely,

Christine Mangino, EdD
President-designate
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

A message from the President-Designate

June 30, 2020
CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Christine Mangino, Ed.D. President of Queensborough Community College

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thank you for welcoming me. I am excited and honored to serve as Queensborough Community College's sixth president. I believe strongly in the College, its academic excellence, its people, and the CUNY values we share in providing access, equity, economic mobility and infinite opportunities for our students to succeed.

I am grateful to Interim President Lynch. Like so many CUNY students, we were both first generation college graduates and we believe wholeheartedly in the transformative power of Queensborough.

I discovered my love for learning as a student at community college. It is because of my education and my experiences as a researcher and teacher that I place student success at the center of my work, and I strive for continuous improvement and innovation.

During the presidential search process, I met with students, faculty, staff, alumni, board and community representatives, and I was impressed by their passion and dedication. I look forward to meeting many more of you and learning about your specific roles and priorities over the weeks to come. These conversations will inform how we will work together to ensure that Queensborough remains a premier institution of higher learning.

Transitions can be stressful and so much more so during these times, but working together we will emerge even stronger, more resilient and equipped to add to and celebrate your achievements, our students' success, and Queensborough's excellence.

I look forward to joining you on August 17th.

Sincerely,

Christine Mangino, EdD
President-designate
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York

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