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GSGA Newsletter 03.21.2023

GSGA Newsletter

March 21, 2023

Hello SPH students, 

Happy Spring! We hope that you’re enjoying the nice weather and spending some quality time outside. Congratulations on making it to the halfway point of the Spring semester and for working so hard.

There are several exciting events that we’re happy to share, and we hope to see you there with us.


Your 2022-2023 GSGA

Documentary Screening & Panel Event: Aftershock

March 23  |  6 PM – 8 PM  |  Room 708 (Auditorium), RSVP

You’re invited to join the Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health Specialization (MCRSH) and the Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice Club for a special screening of the award-winning documentary Aftershock.

Following the film will be a Q&A with Shawnee Benton Gibson, facilitated by Professor Diana Romero.

Light refreshments will be served at the event.

Transgender Health & Rights Panel

March 29  |  6 PM – 7:30 PM  |  RSVP

In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, the CUNY SPH LGBTQ+ Association and the CUNY SPH GSGA invite you to join us for a virtual panel event on transgender health and rights and hear from a diverse panel of leaders fighting for transgender justice and equality in medicine, education, and research sectors.

We will be in conversation with activist Lindz Amer, LGBTQ+ educator Dr. Genny Beemyn, CEO of Transhealth Dallas Ducar, clinical researcher Ali Haris, and social worker Dr. Shane’a Thomas to learn how we as future public health professionals can support, uplift, and advance the trans rights movement today.

GSGA Awards – Deadline May 1st!

The GSGA awards are designed to support students with the costs of community service events, conferences, workshops, and publications. They can also be used for professional growth and development opportunities that students may want to pursue.

The 2023 awards include:

  • Manuscript Publication Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Conference Award
  • Professional Growth Award

All applications must be received by May 1st, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Please see the GSGA website for the budget form, award guidelines, and applications.

If you have any questions, you can email GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu

SPH Events

Ending Housing Instability and Homelessness Among CUNY Students – What Will it Take?

March 23  |  1 PM – 2:30 PM  |  RSVP

Join Healthy CUNY for this virtual forum featuring Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, a national expert on housing instability, and a panel discussion with Ann Shalof, Dr. Waleek Boone, and other program, policy and student experts.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, Healthy CUNY Founder and Faculty Director.

Faith-Based Conversations on Cannabis Legalization

March 27  |  6 PM – 7:30 PM  |  RSVP

You’re invited to join the Harlem Health Initiative and partners for this informative and engaging webinar about the benefits and roadblocks of cannabis legalization and how this will impact Harlem.

Speakers will provide an overview of the history of cannabis prohibition and how it has impacted Harlemites, followed by a panel discussion aiming to provide knowledge and guidance to faith-based organizations and community members. A Q&A from the panel experts will follow.

Wellness Events

LGBTQIA+ Student Support Group

March 23  |  6 PM – 7 PM  |  Zoom Link

The Office of Counseling and Wellness Services is holding an LGBTQIA+ Student Support Group every Thursday at 6 PM.

This group is for students interested in discussing sexuality, gender identity and a sense of self, and who are looking for solidarity and camaraderie within the LGBTQIA+ community. A safe and affirming space will be provided for students to speak openly about their experiences, promote their overall well-being, and offer support for each other.

First-Generation Student Support Group

March 27  |  5 PM – 6 PM  |  Zoom Link

The Office of Counseling and Wellness Services is holding a First-Generation Student Support Group every Monday at 5 PM.

This group is for students who would like to share diverse experiences as a first-generation student or a person who is close to a first-generation student. A safe and non-judgemental space will be provided for students to voice their responses to current events and policies that may impact them, their families, and/or communities.

NYS Open Meetings Law

Pursuant to the New York State Open Meetings Law, SPH students and members of the public have the right to attend meetings of the Graduate Student Government Association without voice. We will be holding our next meeting on April 13.

Should you like to attend this meeting and observe, you may do so. Our meetings are currently being held virtually, so if you would like to sit in on one of these meetings send an email to gsga@sphmail.cuny.edu at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting and we will send the Zoom link.

A full list of SPH events can be accessed here.

Keep an eye out for updates as more events are added – you can also view up and coming events and public health news on our Twitter and Instagram pages, and join our private student group on Facebook.


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