Removing Financial Barries From the Premier City University in the Country.
The Nation’s Leading Urban University
There was a time when people did not have access to primary school education, but societal demands were such that it became important for people to be literate and have basic computation skills, so public elementary schools were created. Over time, this was repeated for secondary school education. We are now in the 21st Century. The job market demands more, not less, from employees. High school education, as presently constituted, cannot produce graduates who can meet the demands of the job market. Clearly, as a nation, there must be a shift in our educational outlook and practice. Financial barriers to college should be removed. Education is an investment, not a cost.
Expand job opportunities for CUNY students and graduates
CUNY students and graduates would receive additional considerations when applying for city-based career opportunities. Additionally, city vendors and contractors who have hired CUNY students and graduates would also receive additional considerations. I would also sponsor more job fairs at CUNY sites and an internship opportunity resource center.
Expand mental health and wellness funding and services for CUNY studentS
Because students who may be having difficulties in those areas are less likely to reach their academic potential. Those concerns must be addressed. CUNY graduates several mental health and wellness majors every year. There is an available pool of providers in our ecosystem
CUNY students experiencing food and/or housing insecurity
I would address this issue by appointing a Commissioner and creating a city-wide office dedicated to examining and resolving this issue.
Appointments to the CUNY board of trustees
I would appoint Trustees who are diverse in various aspects (race, ethnicity, age, gender, etc.) but just as important, intellectually diverse as well. However, all my appointments would be based on the talent of the individual relative to other prospects. In short, “the best person for the job” is my mantra.
Education is the lifeblood of a nation’s prosperity. Education is the catalyst and engine that drives progress. Education, in my humble opinion, is a human rights issue, meaning, education should be extended to anyone who is desirous of improving him-/herself as well as the city/nation. Many politicians give grandiose speeches at graduations but do little to support college students during their student tenure and post-graduation. If I am elected Mayor of New York City, CUNY students and graduates will have a strong advocate, supporter, and manager in Gracie Mansion and City Hall.
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