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We are living in unprecedented times. Despite numerous challenges and difficult circumstances, Baruch’s students, faculty, and staff have continued to be a source for inspiration, connection, and achievement. Below are stories and resources that showcase some of the ways in which Baruch remains strong and forward looking.

During this historic era, the Baruch community also welcomed President S. David Wu who in May, established the Task Force for the Future to envision a path forward for our long- and short-term future in the post-Covid enviornment. Read his welcome messages to faculty and staff and students.

Baruch Community Speaks Out Against Racism

Allyship 101— How to Create More Inclusive Institutions: An event by Marxe School's MPA Club for the Baruch community.

Celebrating Juneteenth—A Message from President Wu.

A Time for the Baruch Community to Come Together—A Message from President Wu

Time to Address Ingrained Racism and Disparities—Provost James McCarthy, PhD, explains why “Our Mission Means More Than Ever.”

The Other Pandemic—A Message from the Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Work is Urgent—A Message from Chief Diversity Officer Mona Jha

Systemic Racism in America and Moving Forward with Purpose—A Letter from Marxe Dean David S. Birdsell

Taking Action—A Message from Zicklin's Willem Kooyker Dean H. Fenwick Huss

Regina A. Bernard, PhD, associate professor of Black and Latino Studies, penned “Why We Can’t Breathe,” about standing witness to violence against African Americans.

Faculty Letter: We Cannot Remain Silent – The Weissman School faculty and leadership reaffirms their commitment to building an equitable and diverse community at Baruch.

The Department of Political Science at the Weissman School released a statement about the responsibility to speak up for students and faculty of color and the work required to heal the open wounds of racial discrimination in this country. Read the full statement.

The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at the Weissman School released a statement about systemic racism and injustice. Read the full statement.

Statement of Solidarity and Purpose from the Marxe School Diversity Committee

SEEK Baruch distributed a special edition newsletter to create awareness for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Read it here.

Statement about Current and Ongoing Racial Injustice and Violence from the Counseling Center

An Open Letter to the Baruch Community from the Coalition to Undo Racism at Baruch (CURB)

Statement by the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement denouncing hatred, disrespect, and racism along with recently launched networks to support and connect Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ alumni.

The Mishkin Gallery has compiled a list of publications that address anti-black racism. Find a list of several great books by Baruch faculty here.

Read the Baruch College Archives and Special Collections blog post "Emancipation 'Jubilee' in New York City," to learn about the various ways emancipation was received in New York City community.

Read the Black and Latinx Studies Community blog post on "Celebrating Juneteenth"

Inspiring Stories and Support

Baruch student, Christine Eng (MPA '20), shares her experience of donating convalescent plasma after contracting COVID-19

Baruch student, Cameron Hart (’20), is the “Piano Man of the Upper East Side”

A Letter to Our Community: Please Join Me in Thanking Baruch's Essential Workers—A Message from Chief Diversity Officer Mona Jha

Celebrating with Pride—A Message from Chief Diversity Officer Mona Jha.

Baseball’s Luke Lombardi (’22) Plays Big Part in Pandemic Fundraiser That Has Raised Nearly $67,000

Men’s Soccer Play Luis Munoz Runs a Marathon on his Terrace

#ZicklinTogether microsite: A resource to unify students, faculty, staff, business executives, and alumni through personal stories and educational insights. Read the message from the Zicklin Communications team announcing its launch.

Black Mental Health Matters (BMHM) Support Sessions: Wednesdays at 2 pm starting July 1. In light of the recent events of racial violence and injustice towards Blacks and the outcry for support, the Baruch College Counseling Center would like to invite you to join Black Mental Health Matters. These support sessions aim to foster and support the growth, networking, collaboration, success, and well-being of Black students. If you are interested in finding a safe space to meet and talk with others who may have similar experiences as Black students, then this group is for you. The group will be led by two Black psychologists, Dr. Jael Amador and Dr. Gary Dillon, who work form a social justice and multicultural framework. If interested, please contact Dr. Jael Amador at Jael.Amador@baruch.cuny.edu.

Student Events and Services Go Virtual

Black Grad Ceremony 2020: The Black Student Union is hosting their 2nd Annual Black Graduation Ceremony and would like to take this opportunity to invite faculty and staff to this special occasion. The purpose of this ceremony is to celebrate the accomplishments of Baruch's Black graduates. The event will take place live for graduates via Zoom, and will be livestreamed via the Student Life Facebook page. If you have any further questions, please contact Crystal Tejada at crystal.tejada@baruch.cuny.edu.

Free COVID-19 Support Sessions via Zoom for Students: Free sessions that offer a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental space for students to process the current health crisis and learn coping skills.

Support Services for Students

Remote Services and Contact Information: Reference guide on contacting various offices around the College during the social distancing environment.

Black and Latino Studies Community at Baruch: This is a digital community space for students to connect to the ideas, information, and events that engage the areas and interests that shape Black and Latino Studies at Baruch.

Black Male Initiative at Baruch: Visit Instagram to learn about upcoming events.

#ShelterInBaruch: Baruch students are invited to share their new distance learning normal with the New Media Artspace. Visit @newmediaartspace on Instagram using a mobile phone to download several new Instagram filters and join the conversation.

Faculty and Staff Stay Connected

Task Force Delivers Phase One Report: Vast Majority of Classes Online for Fall 2020—A Message from President Wu.

Weissman News: In this newsletter, learn about all news related to the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives Resources: Visit EMSAI's page to learn about their community connection blog, access past issues of their Quarantine Connection newsletter, and much more.

Virtual Re(Connect) Mixer Presented by the Professional Development Council: This one hour break went a long way to reconnect and reenergize colleagues who miss being on campus and connecting with each other and our students. 

Judy Gold: Yes, I Can Say That: Presented by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center, acclaimed stand-up comic, playwriter, and author, Judy Gold, spoke about her upcoming book.

Marxe Newsletters Archive: Visit the Marxe School's page to access their Career Service and Advisement newsletters.

Watch and Read Anytime

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents its spring production of "Gone Missing" created by the Civilians on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 7 pm online. Watch on Zoom (Meeting ID: 964 7018 3508) or Youtube.

“After Eden”: A Virtual Conversation on Poetry with Donika Kelly, assistant professor in the department of English

Dollar & Sense Weissman School Magazine Special Edition Report: “The Harlem Renaissance”

Mishkin Gallery Presents BLUES, a Combined Music/Art Interactive Experience

Baruch student, Rebecca Dhala ('21) performed Gabriel Fauré's Élégie, op. 24. Watch it here.

Hear the 25-voice performance by Baruch's chorus of "You Raise Me Up." Voices were collected, mixed, and edited remotely by Jack Coen, Baruch's chorus director.

Watch the Spring 2020 Baruch in Digital Concert on Blogs@Baruch

Michael Seltzer, distinguished lecturer at the Marxe School, teaches a course called "Race Policy Matters," which explores how racism has impacted people or color and immigrants over the course of history and today. Access the Mr. Seltzer's course syllabus and study guide, developed by Rita Ormsby, associate professor at the Newman Library, for resources to advance your knowledge on the topic.