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Monday, October 9 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Leveraging your College’s/University’s Institutional Legacies to Strengthen Community Partnerships (30 mins)

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When the current President was appointed in 2012, the College of Staten Island (CSI) was experiencing a disconnect from the surrounding community of Staten Island, NY. The absence of sustainable engagement created a void limiting the exchange of knowledge, skills, and values between the College and community. CSI embarked upon an ambitious campaign to reconnect with Staten Island by leveraging the College’s strong, but largely ignored or forgotten, legacies within the community. This initiative changed our institution resulting in greater educational opportunities for the community, expanded research opportunities and facilities for the College, increased funding for the institution, and more. Specifically, we focused upon the College’s:

Legacy of Institution - incorporating CSI’s predecessor institutions Staten Island Community College (1956-1993) and Richmond College (1967-1993) in the discourse and dialog of our history to successfully create greater connections with alumni and community members who were affiliated with these predecessor institutions.

Legacy of Place - remembering and honoring CSI’s current campus location as the former site of the infamous Willowbrook State School - which became the epicenter of the national disability civil rights movement to stop the institutionalization of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities - to successfully reengage the large disabilities community on Staten Island.

Legacy of Mission - embracing CSI’s original mission of access, opportunity, and excellence, dating back to the establishment of its first predecessor institution Staten Island Community College in 1956, to successfully create new initiatives to advance student academic success and social and economic mobility within the community.

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William J. Fritz

President, College of Staten Island/CUNY
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Ken Iwama

Vice President, CUNY/College of Staten Island
As the Vice President of Economic Development, Continuing Studies and Government Relations, I support and enhance economic growth and sustainability through higher education opportunity, human capital and talent development, applied research and innovation, entrepreneurship and business... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
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