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GSGA Newsletter 10.07.21

GSGA Newsletter

October 07, 2021

Dear CUNY SPH Students,

We hope you are having a wonderful and prosperous semester. We all know graduate studies are not an easy deal; however, we all will eventually get through this with good grades and shine in our field of study.

During this period, CUNY SPH is offering you many gateway opportunities to refreshen and embolden your knowledge. The GSGA would like to remind you of some upcoming events and share information and resources we hope you will find helpful.


Would you please remember our online GSGA feedback survey to provide us with how we can better serve you? It will only take a few minutes. You can complete the survey here. 

We wish you all the best.

Sincerely Yours,

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!

ResilienceCon 2022 Scholarships Available

ResilienceCon is committed to supporting new professionals and offers conference awards to Promising Scholars and Promising Advocates.

ResilienceCon provides an excellent opportunity to present your own work and interact with other professionals committed to resilience and social justice. Unlike other conferences, ResilienceCon is unique in that sessions are interview-based and provides the opportunity to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of outstanding research & advocacy!

Note that awardees can present virtually in 2022. If public health guidance permits, there may also be the opportunity to attend in person.

The scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (11:59 pm Central time).

Life Paths Promising Scholar Award:
There are four scholarships for current students, post-baccalaureate fellows, and post-doctoral fellows who focus on underserved or marginalized communities.

Click here to apply for a Promising Scholar Award

Life Paths Promising Advocate Award:
Four scholarships for advocates who are 1) based in non-profit organizations serving people or communities who are underserved or have experienced violence, marginalization, or distress, and 2) have seven or fewer years of professional experience in the field.

Click here to apply for a Promising Advocate Award

Both the Promising Scholar and Promising Advocate awards include conference registration. If an in-person event is held, the prize will also cover two nights’ lodging at the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

Please note that you must also complete the submission form for presentations here if you wish to present.

Obtain your CUNY SPH ID card

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

Student Wellness Services

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

Crisis Text Line


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. 
  • Register for Talkspacehere and enter code: CUNY2021. 

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.


Doctoral Career Pathways Panel and Networking Event 

Wednesday, October 20  | 6 pm – 7:30 pm |  Register  

Are you interested in learning more about the different places a doctoral degree can take you? There are many ways to apply a doctoral public health degree to the world of work, and your road will probably look different from the person next to you. Attend this virtual panel and networking event to hear public health professionals representing academia, non-profit, government, post-doctorates, hospitals, and the private sector share their doctoral career stories and engage in a Q&A followed by networking. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“You are Not Alone: Intimate Partner Violence and the Hybrid Campus”
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | RVSP

This event will raise awareness, offer resources, and support for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and those who care about them. An interdisciplinary team of experts that includes Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams, Title IX Coordinator Sahana Gupta, Human Resources Director Arthur McHugh, and Public Safety Officer Dawn Murrain will discuss best practices for members of the CUNY SPH Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy community to protect and support those who are impacted by intimate partner violence amidst the ongoing challenges of COVID-19


Queer Cinema at Queens College: Monster Pies!

This event is sponsored by Queens College and co-sponsored by the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives. Students from other CUNY campuses have the opportunity to participate virtually.

About this event 

When Mike’s English teacher pairs him up for a class assignment on Romeo and Juliet with hot new kid William, Mike can’t believe his luck! As the two spend more and more time working together on a monster movie version of Bard’s classic tale, they soon realize their feelings for one another may be more powerful than either is genuinely ready for. 

This film screening is open to everyone on Zoom. Still, only the first (50) fully vaccinated Queens College students may join us on campus! Masks are required. Seating will be distanced. Space is limited and registration is required. Register today!.

17th Annual Women’s Leadership Virtual Conference

October 28 & 29, 2021 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | RVSP to follow 

Save the date for this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference, open to the entire CUNY community. Stay tuned for more detailed information. This conference used to take place in person, and the seats were limited. However, now it is open to all, and we strongly encourage participation from across the student body. This event is also not limited to those who identify as women. 


CUNY SPH Sexual & Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Club

REPRO flyer

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

Founder and Alumni Ambassador: Rafaela Villacres, M.S.

Email: rafaela.villacres63@sphmail.cuny.edu

PHIIRE CLUB Academic Commons Page

International Students Club

Email: iso@sph.cuny.edu

Sustainable SPH Club

Mission: A student outlet for sharing information and concerns regarding the impact of the health of the environment on human health. It is also the student arm of the sustainability committee at CUNY SPH, which endeavors to help CUNY SPH meet or exceed the sustainability goals of Sustainable CUNY. The goals of this club include: implementing and sustaining a composting system at CUNY SPH, campaigning for more energy-efficient practices, a B.Y.O.Cutlery initiative, etc. This also includes information sessions with faculty, documentary screenings, and networking events.

President: Fiona Conway

Email: Fiona.Conway14@sphmail.cuny.edu



The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. It is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Each year in the United States, about 255,000 women get breast cancer, and 42,000 women die from the disease.


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