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Events 2020-2021


September 9, Wednesday (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)·REQUIRED Albany Politics: Media Voices. After watching the COVID crisis unfold this spring, there can be no doubt that state leadership and state politics matters. In this discussion with two prominent political reporters, hear about the big issues in NYS - Cuomo's leadership, the recent turnover in the Assembly, the budget crunch, and potential future changes in education. This forum will be driven by your questions. Our guests are also happy to discuss their career paths. Please RSVP at THIS LINK before 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 to receive Zoom information the night before the event.

  • Keshia Clukey covers Albany for Bloomberg. Prior to that, she covered NYS K-12 and higher education for Politico's Albany bureau. She has worked at several newspapers in the state, most recently the Times Union in Albany.
  • Zack Fink covers Albany for NY1 News, the 24-hour cable station in New York City. Prior to that he covered politics in New Jersey for 13 years, his final three as State House Correspondent for New Jersey Network, the former PBS station.

September 30, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) REQUIRED President's Guest, Lunch with a Leader: Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez (B.A. '75), Commissioner, Department for the Aging. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez has over three decades of experience in four industry sectors and areas: corporate, non-profit, government, and politics. She has excelled in each, although non-profit is where her commitment lives. Currently, Ms. Cortés-Vázquez is the Commissioner for the Department for the Aging. She also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board and on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York. Please RSVP at THIS LINK before 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 to receive Zoom information the night before the event.


October 8, Thursday (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) REQUIRED Tax and Fiscal Fairness: Panel Discussion. What are the important issues when it comes to considering national and local economic policies? Why is "budgeting" a political issue? What are the important skills to have to work in this field, and how do we begin to educate ourselves in this realm? This discussion will feature Joshua Goldstein, Assistant Director at NYC OMB, M.A.'04; Amy Hanauer, Executive Director, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C.; and Jessica McCloskey, Economist at Bureau of Economic Analysis, B.A. '08. Please RSVP at THIS LINK before 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 to receive Zoom information the night before the event.

October 16, Friday (3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) REQUIRED Founding a Non-Profit. Heather Butts, Co-Founder and Executive Director of H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths ("HEALTHY"), will discuss the excitement and challenges of founding a non-profit organization. HEALTHY addresses the needs of underserved youth -- many of whom are homeless or have been homeless, in foster care, or incarcerated -- ages five to 25 to ensure that their education is supported holistically. Ms. Butts is also a steward of many of Staten Island’s Little Free Libraries, which have been transformed into pantries during the COVID pandemic. Please RSVP at THIS LINK before 5 p.m. on October 15 to receive Zoom information the night before the event.

October 21, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Columbia School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA): Programmatic Offerings & Admission Discussion. A public affairs degree can give students the skills to digest and communicate a lot of information, and to think broadly about the challenges facing our local and national governments today. This discussion will include an in depth description of the offerings at SIPA, and how to develop yourself into a strong candidate. Led by Kathleen Vital-Herne, Associate Director of Admissions, SIPA. Please RSVP at THIS LINK before 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 to receive Zoom information the night before the event.


November TBD, Discussion of Trained Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of nonprofits will discuss ways to serve your community and build your resume through volunteer roles that develop your skills, in addition to prove fulfilling.

November TBD, NYC Housing Preservation and Development, Office of Neighborhood Strategies – Brooklyn Planning Unit.


February TBD, Spring Term Kick-Off for All - Discussion of Campus Opportunities. Upperclassmen will share their own experiences with Generation Citizen, Model U.N., Sustainable Cities, Moot Court, Welfare Rights Initiative, NYPRIG, and other campus involvement that has been meaningful to them.

February TBD, Fortnight "Dinner", co-sponsored by the Office of Hunter College Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships. Join us for dinner and presentations of research by fellow Roosevelt Scholars


March TBD, Mississippi Grove Service Corps Panel - For Freshmen. Students will discuss the organizations they served, the impact they made, and ways to build on what they learned

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