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Events 2023-2024

August 23, Wednesday (9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Freshmen Roosevelt Orientation. Now that you have registered and independently toured campus earlier in the summer, we will gather to get to know each other and anticipate how to make the most of the year ahead!
  • 9:30 a.m. Introductions: Auditorium, Roosevelt House
  • 10:45 a.m. Tour of Roosevelt House
  • 11:15 a.m. Walk to Main Campus - Tshirt and book distribution.
  • 11:30 a.m. Discussion: Preparing for Success
  • 1:00 p.m. All Scholars Lunch and Ice Breakers
August 31, Thursday (3:30 pm. - 4:30 p.m.) All Roosevelt Fall Mentoring Welcome - with Pizza and Tshirt and Book distribution. The Roosevelt Student Advisory Council and upper classmen will introduce themselves, share tips for navigating freshmen year, and take questions. Break out sessions will follow.
  • T-shirt and book distribution for upper classmen
  • Pizza will be served.
September 6, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Insight on Applying to Policy Schools for Masters Programs, by Columiba SIPA. Brianne M. Kain, Associate Director of Admissions, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University will provide an overview and discussion of the application process and take your questions. For more than 70 years, SIPA has been educating professionals who work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social science research and hands-on practice, SIPA’s graduates and faculty strive to improve social services, advocate for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and secure peace, in their home communities and around the world.
September 8, Friday (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Social Meet Up: Picnic on Roosevelt Island BYO Blanket. A group will leave from the Hunter West Lobby. Students may also opt to travel independently at the event site.
  • One (1) stop on the F train from 63rd Street
  • Four freedoms park nearby
  • Easy to buy food there
September 12, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Uptown Grand Central: Fostering Neighborhood Economic Development. Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that grew out of community action initiated in 2013. The organization is dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem.
  • Carey King, Wake Forest BA '99, Columbia Journalism MA '07, Director, Uptown Grand Centeral. Ms. King was formerly Director of Communications & Education, Corbin Hill Food Project, a farm share program that sources produce from ethical suppliers, and a reporter for The Sylva Herald, a community paper in North Carolina.
September 26, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Guest Speaker: Nicole Gelinas on New York City's Post-COVID Economic Future.
  • Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal and a columnist at the New York Post. She writes on urban economics and finance. Gelinas is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and the author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street -- and Washington (2011). Gelinas has published analysis and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and other media outlets.
September 28, Thursday (6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Graduate Student Panel: School of International & Public Affiars, Columbia University. Current SIPA Columbia Master's students who will speak about their experiences in the program, share tips for preparation for graduate school, and explain how their current studies relate to their long term career plans.
Speakers will include:
Natalia Kanos:
Reena Mensingh:
Leen Sawan:

Upperclassmen Mentoring Office Hours: Wednesdays from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
October 11 - Managing midterms
October 25 - Major Exploration Assignment
November 15 - Academic Planning Assignment


October 17, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Guest Speaker: Dorie Hagler on the Experience of Volunteering with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps brings together skilled, committed recent college graduate volunteers with welcoming host communities for service opportunities in more than 60 countries. Volunteers live and work side by side with community members on locally prioritized projects, building relationships, exchanging cultures and knowledge, and helping transform lives for generations.

October 31, Tuesday (2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Guest Panel: Introduction to Affordable Housing with HPD’s Office of Neighborhood Strategies. “Affordable housing”- it’s a simple phrase that actually refers to a complex assortment of housing types and tools. Join urban planners from NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)’s Office of Neighborhood Strategies as they unpack the landscape of affordable housing in NYC. They will share insights on the several housing crises the City is facing today, how City agencies are working to tackle these issues, and discuss how affordable housing gets planned, financed, and built. Stick around after the presentation as HPD staff answer your questions about housing and the work urban planners do to promote housing and neighborhood development that meets community needs.

October 27, Seniors Group Advising Meeting (Cohorts 2020 and earlier, and anyone graduating by Summer 2024)


November 3, Sophomores Group Advising Meeting (Cohort 2022, and anyone graduating by Summer 2026)

November 8, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 2022 COHORT: Connect the Dots with OPS. Dr. Stephen Lassonde from the Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships will discuss how to put gether a narrative about your experience, background and goals for purposes of all kinds of opportunities. Dr. Lassonde may send relevant info/matierials in advance of the workshop.

November 10, Juniors Group Advising Meeting (Cohort 2021, and anyone graduating by Summer 2025)

November 20, Monday (3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Group Service Activity: Wait Tables at Early Thanksgiving Dinner for the Elderly at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (LHNH). LHNH is a multi-service neighborhood organization that serves people in need of all ages and backgrounds. LHNH sends groups of staffers to speak with our Freshmen seminar every February and have directly supported the journey of Roosevelt Scholars.

November 30, Wednesday (6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Careers & Issues Panel: (Non-lawyering) Criminal Justice, ATI & Drug Policy Reform

  • Abdul Nasser Rad, Hunter BA ’16, Oxford Ph.D. ’24, Managing Director - Research & Data, Campaign Zero
  • Jennifer N. Weintraub, SUNY Albany BA ’13, MA ’15, PhD ’22, Legislative Director for NYS Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris
  • Steven Gray, Hunter BA ’22, Columbia JD deferred, Drug Policy Campaign Coordinator, VOCAL-NY
  • Karla Sevilla, John Jay BA ’07, John Jay MA ’14, Supervisor of Programming, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Kendall Sullivan, College of Saint Rose BA ’15, Hunter College MSW ’16, Director, Arraignment Court Services, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)
  • Rachel Terrill, Samford University BA ’18, John Jay MA ’21, Case Coordinator, Alternatives to Incarceration, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.

December 4, Monday (12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Holiday Party & Stress Relief Strategies

December 6, Wednesday (6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) Careers & Issues Panel: Public Health

  • Heather Aydin-Ghormoz, Hunter BA ’16, Baruch MPA ’19, Albany MS Epidemiology ’22, Albany PhD expected ‘27, Research Scientist, NYS Department of Health Environmental Epidemiologist
  • Yevgeniy Feyman, Hunter BA ’12, Boston U - School of Public Health PhD ‘23, Economist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Luisa Cuautle, Hunter BA ’17, Health Campaigns Associate, Make the Road New York
  • Elena Pereira, Boston U ’17, CUNY Certificate in Public Admin. '19, NYU Public Health/MPA '23, Health Legislative Analyst, NYC Dept. Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Hager Shawkat, Hunter BA ’10, CUNY MPH ’13, Program Director, Community Wellness at Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Inc.



February 6, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Campus Opportunities Mentoring Speed Rounds. Upperclassmen will share their own experiences with campus involvement that has been meaningful to them. New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPRIG); The Envoy; Mock Trial; Olivetree Review; Student Government; Food Policy Center; and Welfare Rights Initiative.

February 21, Wednesday (6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Juniors Group Advising Meeting (Cohort 2021, and anyone graduating by summer 2025) 

February 27, (date change) Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Sophomores Group Advising Meeting (Cohort 2022, and anyone graduating by summer 2026)

February 28, Wednesday (6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Careers & Issues Panel: Unions, Worker Support & Advocacy

  • Brian Allen, Georgia State University BS '19, CUNY Law (Part-time) JD, '25, Labor Organizer, UAW Local 7902
  • Yana Kalmyka, Cornell BA '20, Texas Organizer, Starbucks Workers United; Young Worker Program Consultant, Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation
  • Henry Parkhurst, Princeton BA '20, Senior Health Analyst at 32BJ Benefit Funds
  • Jackson Todd, Hunter BA '22, New School MA (Politics) '24, Former intern analyst, Los Deliveristas Unidos / Worker's Justice Project

February 29, Thursday (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) Freshmen Group Advising Meeting (Cohort 2023)


March 1, Friday (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Senior Group Advising Meeting (Cohorts 2020, and earlier)

March 12, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Annual Roosevelt Research Exchange ~ Presentations by Fellow Roosevelt Scholars. Grab and go box lunch will be set in the pre-professional suite at 1:00 p.m. beforehand. 

  • Fratchelya Ciputra, “Locked up and Left Behind: The Experience of Expecting Women of Color in Mass Incarceration”
  • Laszlo LeCroy, "Artificial Intelligence: Societal Influence on the Human Mind"
  • Andrew Loka, "The Development of Community and Identity: Comparing and Contrasting the Development of Arab Communities in the United States and Europe"
  • Anastasia Villarreal, “The Unethical Impact of MLMs on Human Relations and the Need for Labor Regulations”

March 19, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Group Book Discussion: In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung


April 4, Thursday (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Roosevelt Student Advisory Council Hosts Movie Night! We will be screening Mean Girls (2024) and passing around the popcorn. 

April 16, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) The Summer Opportunity Hunt. Tips for students at all levels who are researching internships, post-grad work, and other resume builders for summer and beyond. Bring your questions!


May 7, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Grove Mississippi Service Corps Report. Students will report out on their recent trip to Jackson, Mississippi. Lunch will be available starting at 1:30 in the Four Freedoms Room at Roosevelt House. Presentations will begin at 2:30 in the Roosevelt House Auditorium.

May 13, Monday (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Lessons from a Leader: Adolfo Carrión Jr., Commissioner NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, Hunter MUP '89. Commissioner Carrión has spent his professional career working to build and improve historically marginalized communities in the Bronx, in other areas of New York City, and around the country. President's Conference Room, Room 1700 East Building.


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