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Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From: Dave Christy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Governor Cuomo recently announced a New York State initiative to provide support for the post-Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico. One component of the plan is to mobilize 259 CUNY students and 250 SUNY students as volunteers to assist in cleanup and rebuilding under the guidance of experienced trades and construction people. Students would also have the opportunity to earn college credit, and the trip related expenses would be paid for by the State of New York.
This is a summary of the best information I have at this time:
- The course credit will be attached to one of two CUNY courses that will be offered in ‘hybrid’ format. This will include two modules that are completed on line concurrent with the required pre-departure training program for student volunteers, a reflective assignment that will be written during their time on the island, and a final assignment that will be completed when the student returns to New York. There are currently two options: a) a liberal arts course offered by Lehman College in Latin American Studies, and b) an existing community based applied technology course offered by New York City College of Technology. Each course awards 3 credits. And can be taken via e-permit if you are selected to participate.
- Training begins in early June for the first cohort of students, who will depart in mid-June. There will also be two July cohorts. Since the heavy rains arrive in August, these three cohorts will most likely be all that is feasible this summer. Most students and chaperones will be on site for two weeks, but there is a provision for students with special skills to remain for 4 weeks.
- Students will apply to participate, and there will be selections based upon written applications and a personal interview. Housing will be coordinated with local non-profit organizations, and will be safe but basic.
- There is a proposal that would give students who participate a small stipend.
- Faculty and staff are needed to review applications, conduct interviews, and chaperone students on the trip. Details are not yet available.
- Puerto Rico is part of the United States, but for planning purposes we are informed by the CUNY policy for International Travel. We will be signed waivers, emergency contact information, etc. All students must carry appropriate identification with them to travel to Puerto Rico. This is especially true for international students, DACA students, or green card holders.
Additional information, and modifications to this announcement will be distributed when further information becomes available.
Dave Christy, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
City University of New York
135 East 22nd Street Suite D-0701
New York, NY 10010
Office main 646 660 6500
Office fax 646 660 6501