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Newsletter 04.07.2021

GSGA Newsletter

April 7, 2021

Happy Wednesday SPH students!

The nominations period for GSGA and the SPH Governing Council 2021-2022 has begun! Please check your email and be sure to submit your nominations by the deadline of April 11 at midnight. If you are interested in learning more about what GSGA officers do, please email us at gsga@sphmail.cuny.edu.

Take a look at the short descriptions of the GSGA positions below:

President: Create Sunday meeting agenda and lead the weekly meetings. Meet with the Dean of Student Affairs and Business office weekly. Represent the students in the Student Governance Committee and with administration.

Vice-President: Manages club-related activities and documents. Meets with GSGA weekly along with the business office and Dean of Student Affairs to represent students and support the President with their duties.

Treasurer: Manages and maintains the budget and all budget-related documents. Oversees the awards processes and attends meetings with the business office weekly or biweekly.

Communications Officer: Manages the GSGA website, social media accounts, and Wednesday Weekly newsletters. Must continue to update social media with recent posts and weekly news.

Senator: Support GSGA and the student body in a variety of ways. Senators attend weekly meetings, help brainstorm ideas for new events, assist with elections, and vote on new measures.

USS Delegate and Alternate: Attends monthly plenary meetings and represents the school at CUNY-wide USS events. Votes on CUNY-wide resolutions and disseminates information from USS back to the students of SPH.

Also, it is National Public Health Awareness Week (NPHAW) from April 5-11. Today’s theme is Strengthening Community. Here are some tips from the NPHAW: one way you can get involved is by getting information on how your state uses public health funding and uses Health Impact Assessments to identify key public health concerns in your community. You can also engage your public health peers and elected officials on these topics through social media, including on Facebook and Twitter. Finally, ask questions at public forums, like virtual town halls, to start conversations about public health.

During NPHAW, there will also be events happening throughout the week. Simply click here to RSVP for them! Follow GSGA on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on the upcoming themes during NPHAW.

GSGA 2020-2021

Students for Racial Justice Support Group

Weekly on Wednesdays  |  5:00pm – 6:00pm  | RSVP

We acknowledge the emotional and social challenges of doing antiracism work while adjusting to the Covid-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted BIPOC. We name white supremacist terrorism as a threat to public health. Self-care is crucial as we engage in activism on the ground and/or from our homes. With great respect, we offer an open, weekly, virtual support group for CUNY SPH students promoting racial justice. The goal is mutual empowerment through sharing experiences and resources in a supportive environment where stress can be managed. If you would like more information please email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at sherry.adams@sph.cuny.edu.

Disability Awareness Month

CUNY SPH Disability Awareness Month Events | RSVP

This inaugural series of events will bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to illuminate the challenges and opportunities for creating and sustaining a more accessible and supportive learning and working environment for all who study, work, and visit our campus. We will be hosting a panel, a webinar, and screening several films organized around the themes of Invisibility, Inclusion, and Intersectionality. These events are open to the entire SPH and CUNY communities and we hope you will join us for some or all of them.

Ranked Choice Voting | CUNY Votes

SAVE THE DATE: April 22nd, 6pm – 7pm,  GSGA, CUNY Votes, NYC Votes, COSDI, and several student organizations participating in the Peer to Peer Initiative are planning a Ranked Choice Voting training event open to the CUNY community. The presentation will be given by NYC Votes!

For more information, check out the CUNY VOTE 2021 Primary Election booklet!

People of Color Experiences | Deadline April 30

Priyanha, a student from SPH is putting together a zine centered on People of Color’s experiences with the medical-industrial complex, discrimination in public health spaces, and collective healing. Submissions can be anything from a poem, an essay, a rant, a recipe, a picture with a description, an illustration, a fiction piece, a prayer, a mantra, a spell, a list etc. The goal is to center the voices of anyone who identifies as Non-Binary, Transgender, and/or a Woman but any POC is welcome to share something. If you or anyone you know is interested, please send it to Priyanha.Nadanasabesan98@sphmail.cuny.edu

APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge

Until April 11, 2021 | Join the Challenge

APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote healthy behaviors and physical activity in your community. We have tools to help you find creative ways to stay active and motivate others in your neighborhood, workplace or congregation. You can use our sample marketing materials to invite your whole community to join!

Public Health Professional Development

Building Bridges: Creating Health | April 8 & 9 | Virtual RSVP
APHA’s Virtual Policy Action Institute brings the importance of policy to the forefront during National Public Health Week. Join elected officials, policy experts, and influential speakers as they explore such topics as health equity, COVID-19, climate change, the federal health agendas, and how to effectively communicate across party lines. #SpeakForHealth

Upcoming CUNY Events

Thursdays | 4:15pm |Zoom | Join the movement

Tomorrow, the CUNY Climate Coalition will meet on Zoom at 4:15pm. In this past year, we have worked on plastics reduction and composting, divestment from fossil fuels, and other environmental issues.

In-Person Climate Demonstration

April 7 | 5 PM | Union Sq. marching to Washington Sq | RSVP

April 7th is an important date in an important week. Both the state and federal legislature are on recess and back home in New York City. It is time for us to make a loud and powerful splash to tell them that they need to pass the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) on a state level and the THRIVE Act on the federal level.


Town Hall for CUNY Trans Students | April 14 | 6pm-8pm | RSVP Here

The NYC Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and Nicholas Cevoli, Brooklyn College LGBTQ Community Intern are pleased to co-host the Trans CUNY Student Town Hall. It will be a discussion of student experiences, human rights law, and next steps for CUNY accountability to comply with NYC laws.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)and the Center for LGTBQ Studies (CLAGS).

Career Services

To view the SPH Career Services live calendar click here!


GSGA Student Awards

Apply for reimbursement when you pay out of pocket to attend virtual public health conferences! There are also GSGA awards for community service, professional development, and manuscripts. You can’t miss out on this. For more details, click here to check it out!

Wellness for Students 

Stress Management Support Group

Tuesdays from March 2 through May 11  |  5pm – 6pm  |  Virtual

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 813 2542 4718
Passcode: 540433

Email: Sherry.Adams@sph.cuny.edu

Crisis Text Line text: CUNY to 741741

Student Emergency Fund 

If you are a current CUNY SPH student-facing short-term financial hardship, we encourage you to submit an application to the Student Emergency Fund.

To access the application, you will need to log into SharePoint using your SPH login (sph\______) credentials.  Reach out to the HelpDesk@sph.cuny.edu if you require assistance with SharePoint.

Click here to apply.  Please note that applicants will be asked to submit supporting documentation to demonstrate financial need.

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