A NEW DEAL FOR CUNY
As a proud graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY is very close to my heart. During my time in CUNY, I served in various student leadership and civic engagement roles. Without CUNY, I wouldn't be where I am today, which is why it pains me to see the university struggling to provide education to all New Yorkers without barriers.
From its founding in 1961 up until 1976, the City University of New York (CUNY) was tuition-free. It is increasingly apparent that a college education is needed to succeed in today's economy. We have to revisit CUNY's old promise to students by ensuring that every New York City resident gets to attend CUNY tuition-free and debt-free.
I will fight tooth and nail to make sure CUNY gets its desperately needed funding. I will push our State representatives to close the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) GAP by increasing the maximum TAP award and to expand the Excelsior Scholarship program to part-time students. I will fight against budget cuts aimed at student services, hard-working adjunct faculty, and our campus infrastructure. We need to raise revenues for CUNY by taxing the ultra-wealthy and fighting for the university's increased city and state funding. We also need to protect and improve our campus services by ensuring every student has proper access to academic, professional, and mental health support on campus.
Here's our plan for how we can help CUNY fulfill its legacy as "The Greatest Urban University in the World":
•Fight to End tuition for all New York City residents at all CUNY colleges, starting with Community Colleges
•Solidarity with Faculty - Fight for $7K per course for adjunct faculty
Set Up Our Students for Success:
Expand ACE programs to all CUNY senior colleges and fully fund ASAP at Community Colleges
Provide additional funding for mental health and wellness programs
Require every CUNY campus to have a childcare center
End standardized testing for NYC public school students applying to CUNY
Create a Faculty Diversity Improvement plan
Create a Community College Prisoner Re-entry program funded by the City Council