Student Resources

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The Urban Education faculty and staff are here to support our students to ensure their success throughout their career at The Graduate Center, as well as after they complete their degree. 

Find links below to useful student resources, information about our student-run website, a link to sample student trajectories and expectations, and information about the student government.

Helpful Links:

Graduate Center Resources

The Graduate Center has a wealth of information and services to support your professional development. The following offices and centers are great places to explore.

  • The TLC has developed several guides to support graduate assistants who teach throughout CUNY.
  • For new students, a great starting point would be the new teacher guide. In addition, use the navigating CUNY guides to find resources at the campuses where you work.
  • For robust information on course design, assessments, learning activities, and evaluation, take some time to read through the Teach@CUNY Handbook, which is updated each year.
  • The Future Initiative provides workshops, fellowships, and grant initiatives that support diversity and student-centered pedagogy in the humanities.
  • Among their resources offered are online tutorials on how to build websites on WordPress and BuddyPress.
  • Peruse this Provost's Office for links to graduate research fellowships, grants, and other opportunities.
  • Are you interested deepening your reading knowledge in a language other than English? The Language Reading Program offers low-cost courses in French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Urban Education Student Website


The Urban Education website on the Academic Commons is student-run, serving the program's community (students, faculty, and staff). The website provides a space for collaboration, additional resources, and news. The following may be of particular interest:

 

Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education


Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education (TRAUE) is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by doctoral students and recent graduates of The Graduate Center. This journal is one of very few that features original work by emerging scholars. TRAUE also serves as a forum in which youth, public school students, educators, community groups, and parents debate issues of educational practice and policy. 
 

Student Trajectories


Visit our Path(s) to Degree page to find the timeline for students' trajectory in coursework and professional development. 

Student Government

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council is the sole policy-making body representing students in doctoral and master’s programs at the Graduate Center.

The Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council is located in the Robert E. Gilleece Student Center on the fifth floor. The main office is Room 5495; telephone: 212.817.7888 or 212.817.7845; email: dsc@cunydsc.org.

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council and its officers are charged with representing student interests before the administration and external bodies.

In addition to informal and ongoing communications, the DGSC officers meet with members of Graduate Center administration to report activities and exchange information.

Students may have issues presented by their DGSC representatives or the DGSC Executive Committee before the Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council, or can personally address the Council by requesting to be put on the DGSC agenda for an upcoming meeting. This may, in turn, result in discussion or actions taken within the DGSC or between the DGSC and the administration.

The DGSC members also act as advocates for graduate student interests at the Board of Trustees, University Student Senate, University Faculty Senate, New York State Assembly, the Mayor’s Office, and with Graduate Center administration.

Program Student Associations, such as the Urban Education Student Association (UESA), are program student governments which the DGSC recognizes as the official voice of students in their programs. Officially recognized PSAs gain:

  • recognition as the official policymaking body for students in their respective programs under the authority of the DGSC as the sole policymaking body representing students in doctoral and master’s programs at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
  • resources and consultation regarding governance and Graduate Center administration
  • financial services (deposits and control of funds) via program allocation lines
  • web resources, including OpenCUNY
  • use of VoteNet for student program elections (in March-May)

Student Governance

Find the student representatives for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 below

  • Karen Zaino
  • Francisco Medina
  • Jessica Velez
  • Gayle Maslow
  • (alt) Elena Romero

Responsibilities: The students acting on the Executive Committee shall be responsible for making policy decisions recommendations of standing committees, recommending faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure, and advising the Executive Officer.

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Responsibilities: The Admissions and Awards Committee recommends students to be admitted to the program each year and recommends students for fellowships. It shall advise the Executive Officer regarding the need and merit of individual students for available fellowship funds and financial aid.

  • Karen Zaino
  • Jessica Velez
  • Lucy Robins

Responsibilities: The Curriculum and Examinations Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations to the Executive Committee in all matters regarding the curriculum of the program and the content and format of the First and Second Examinations.

  • Gayle Maslow
  • Francisco Medina

Responsibilities: The Membership Committee shall be responsible for recommending to the Executive Committee the nomination of members of the CUNY faculty to the Urban Education doctoral faculty and for periodically reviewing the composition of the faculty and making appropriate recommendations, including for the removal of inactive members.

Responsibilities: The Elections Committee shall conduct and certify the results of all elections. The student chair will appoint two other students to assist them.