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GSGA Newsletter 09.20.21

GSGA Newsletter

September 20, 2021


Hello CUNY SPH students,

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester. We hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer. The GSGA would like to remind you of upcoming events and information. You can check out the CUNY Survival Guide.


Are you interested in getting more involved and helping to serve our SPH community? Would you please reach out via our email: GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu? Bring your dreams, goals & ideas to GSGA and make them come to life.


We would like to introduce you to the 2021-2022 student leaders of the Graduate Student Government Association. See below!


President – Antonino Maltese

Vice-President – Bradley Meacham

Treasurer – Kevin Chin

Communications Officer- Shawon Shahriar

Masters Senators – Sherline Altidor, Julia Kolmakova, Ansu Abraham, Natalia Surujnath

Doctoral Senators – Claudia Calhoon, Shari Jardine

Advanced Certificate Senator -TBD


Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA)

Email: GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu

Website: CUNY SPH GSGA Website

Facebook: CUNY Student Facebook Group

Instagram: GSGA Instagram


Past GSGA Leaders

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our former GSGA leaders 2020-2021 for their valuable guidance.

Please check out their profiles: GSGA Student Leaders 2020-2021.

Learn more about the 2021-2022 GSGA Student Leaders.



Would you mind completing our online survey & providing us feedback about how we can better serve you? It will only take a few minutes. You can complete the survey here: GSGA Online Feedback Survey.



GSGA 2021-2022

 “Student Survival Guide” – The City University of New York


Welcome home, CUNY! After 17 months of Zoom classes, online office hours, and remote events, we’re excited to have you back on campus for this historic Fall 2021 semester. Use this page to find life hacks, resources, college-specific advice, and other tools to help you thrive this semester. Additionally, check here for the latest, most important news you need to know:

Click to access the Student Survival Guide.


Career Services

To view the SPH Career Services live calendar, click here!

CUNY SPH Sexual & Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Club

REPRO flyer

Hi, all of you! Known as the Repro Club, we are a student group focused on providing an open forum to discuss reproductive and sexual health issues and spreading awareness of safer sex practices, contraceptive options, and surrounding issues on campus. If you would like to join us, please fill out this form.

President: Adriana Padilla

Email: sph.sexreprohrj.club@gmail.com

Treasurer: Sara Birnel

Events Coordinator: Amanda Pierz

Facebook: @SPHsexreprohrj

Twitter: @SPHsexreprohrj

Instagram: @SPHsexreprohrj


Population Health Informatics Innovation, Research, and Education

PHIRE flyer

Mission: To equip future public health professionals and leaders with the knowledge to address 21st-century challenges in urban communities and beyond. Its purpose is to form a coalition whereby graduate students can share ideas and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, information, and resources to advance the efforts being made in the field of population health.

President: Erica Rowe-Owen

Email: erica.roweowen66@login.cuny.edu

Secretary: Kiyante Beaugris 

Treasurer: Sadaf Ahmad – Treasurer

Founder and Alumni Ambassador: Rafaela Villacres. MS

Email: rafaela.villacres63@sphmail.cuny.edu

 Academic Commons Page

Obtain your CUNY SPH ID card

You will be able to get your CUNY SPH ID card remotely. Visit this link to request an ID card. Note that you will only be able to obtain your CUNY SPH ID card after you have received an email from IT regarding your CUNY SPH student email account.

Crisis Text Line


Wellness for Students

Hours of (Remote) Operation:

Mondays 10 am – 7:30 pm
Tuesdays 10 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesdays 10 am – 7:30 pm
Thursdays 10 am – 6:30 pm
Fridays CLOSED

To make an appointment, email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at sherry.adams@sph.cuny.edu, Call (646) 364-9526

Talkspace for international and out-of-state students

CUNY has partnered with Talkspace to offer international and out-of-state students online messaging therapy (at no cost). With a network of thousands of licensed clinicians, Talkspace is an online therapy service that connects users to a dedicated therapist from a secure, HIPAA-compliant mobile app and web platform. Users can send their chosen therapist text, voice, or video messages, from any location, at any time.

Please reach out to Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at sherry.adams@sph.cuny.edu for any support and/or questions.

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 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.

Vaccination Van at the CUNY Graduate Center

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The CUNY Graduate Center (GC) is hosting a vaccine van organized by NYC Health and Hospitals (H+H) this week, Monday, September 20 through Sunday, September 26, from 8 am to 6 pm. The vaccination van will be parked in front of the GC on Fifth Avenue between 34 and 35th Streets, and anyone can visit to get vaccinated. It is a walk-up, first come, first served service. Appointments are not accepted.

NYC Health and Hospitals primarily uses the Pfizer vaccine and offer first doses to all patients ages 12+ and second and third doses to eligible patients. Patients receiving the first dose will be connected to a permanent site near them for their second shot and are also eligible for the $100 incentive for getting their first shot.

Individuals coming to get vaccinated need to bring any form of ID (including national passport) and documentation of vaccine eligibility (document showing age, employee ID, physician note, etc.).

New York City is coming back strong with COVID-19 Vaccines. Safe. Free. Easy.

Please spread the word to all eligible colleagues!

Scholarships for minority researchers to learn Introduction to R Statistical Software for Public Health

APHA, in partnership with NIH’s All of Us Research Program, is offering scholarships for underrepresented minorities to attend the Introduction to R Statistical Software for Public Health Learning Institute. This virtual course will be held on Oct. 23 & 24 as a part of the pre-conference period of the APHA Annual Meeting. This training will address educational gaps in data science skills through the introduction of R software for statistical analysis and data visualization. This scholarship program demonstrates a commitment to diversifying the public health workforce and ensuring equitable access to professional development opportunities. Apply by Sept. 30: https://ampublichealth.wufoo.com/forms/qc8njeb122s35r/

Days to Observe in September

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 in the United States: September 15 to October 15

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts, and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.


Native American Day 2021

Date When Celebrated: 4th Friday in September

This day is set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the U.S. Still commonly referred to as American Indians, the term “Native Americans” has been used in recent years as a sign of respect and recognition that they were indeed the first indigenous people to populate our great and wonderful nation.

By the time the first explorers and settlers arrived from Europe, Native Americans had populated the entire North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the northern reaches of Canada.

We encourage you to spend this day learning about Native Americans, the true original settlers in America.

CUNY Votes!

Stay tuned for more information from the Graduate Student Government Association in anticipation of National Voter Registration Day on September 28.

Remember these important dates:

  • Register to Vote Deadline: October 8, 2021
    You can register directly via CUNYFirst or online here.
  • Absentee Ballot Application or Letter of Application Deadline: October 18, 2021 (by mail, online portal, email, or fax)
  • Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 (in person)
    You can request an absentee ballot online here.
  • General Election: November 2, 2021






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