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CUNY SLU Appoints Deepak Bhargava as Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies

Starting this fall, CUNY SLU will have another long-time social justice leader in its ranks: Deepak Bhargava has been appointed to serve as Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies, filling one of the school’s rotating Distinguished Lecturer positions.

Mr. Bhargava brings more than 25 years of experience in public policy, campaign building, social justice advocacy, and non-profit management. For 16 years, he served as President and Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, one of the country’s pre-eminent centers for grassroots community organizing in low-income communities of color. 

“I am incredibly excited to work with the CUNY SLU students and faculty,” said Mr. Bhargava. “This is a community that is deeply committed to labor rights and community issues, and it is an honor to be able to learn from and work with such talented and committed people. As a long-time non-profit leader and social justice campaigner, I look forward to contributing to this growing community of thinkers and doers, and to helping to develop the people and ideas that will power a new era of social change.”

As a frontline activist, Mr. Bhargava has played a major role in several national efforts to bring about change through collective action. He has strengthened the field of community organizing in the U.S., nurtured the modern immigrant rights movement; helped launch national coalitions to fight for health care reform, reduce poverty and advance immigrant rights; and trained thousands of young leaders and activists.

 Deepak Bhargava brings an immense amount of knowledge and real-world practice to the classroom,” explains SLU Founding Dean Gregory Mantsios. “His commitment to uplifting underserved communities exemplifies the CUNY SLU belief that with concerted efforts we can make our City, State and nation a better place for all.”

Mr.  Bhargava currently serves on the boards of the Open Society Foundations (US), JPB Foundation, Bauman Foundation, as well as the editorial board of The Nation magazine. He has written extensively about community organizing, public policy related to poverty and economic justice, progressive strategy, civic engagement and racial justice among many other topics. 

This coming semester, Mr. Bhargava will lecture both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, teaching courses in “Public Issues” and “Social and Economic Policy in the U.S.”

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Bhargava join the SLU faculty,” explains Urban Studies Department Chair Steve London. “Our students will greatly benefit from his years of social justice advocacy, activism, policy expertise, and experience in campaign building and grassroots organizing.  Our faculty looks forward to collaborating with Mr. Bhargava on important research topics such as immigrant rights, and I have no doubt that his contributions to the SLU community will help us fulfill our social justice and workers’ rights mission.”

March with SLU at the 2019 Labor Day Parade (9/7)

We just graduated the first class from the new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies! We never would have gotten to this point without the continuous support of the New York Labor Movement. So, this Sept. 7th, we’ll join in solidarity with our union sisters and brothers by marching in the Labor Day Parade. It’s a great opportunity to join fellow colleagues, students, alumni and faculty in showing our thanks to all helped make our school a reality.

March with SLU!

We’ll be meeting up at 9:00 AM, and marching out at 10:00 AM. from 44th St. between 5th and Madison — less than a block from SLU!

Remember, since we are marching in the first group, you will have plenty of time to circle back to your own local to march with them!
 

SLU Graduate Nicolas Pineda Featured on DC37 Radio

After graduating with a BA in Urban Studies, Nicolas Pineda, Jr. was the undergraduate speaker at SLU’s very first commencement ceremony this past spring, This coming fall, he’ll be starting his advanced certificate in Labor Studies. His has been a sometimes surprising journey into city work and then the labor movement — and SLU has played a pivotal role in that journey. Pineda shared his story, and the story of studying at the Murphy Institute as it transitioned into SLU, and what it’s been like to study under labor greats like Ed Ott on the DC37 radio show a few weeks back. It’s an illuminating listen. Check it out here.

CUNY SLU Welcomes New Students

On Thursday, July 24th, CUNY SLU welcomed 37 new students from all programs for our first fall 2019 new student orientation! Faculty, SLU advisors, and student services staff were on-hand to provide students with the resources and tools needed to prepare for the fall 2019 semester and information about best practices. We look forward to welcoming our new students as well as continuing students this fall semester for what promises to be an exciting year.

Event: Putting Democracy to Work: How Women Lead Worker Cooperatives (7/24)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019: 6:30-8:00 PM
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 W. 43rd Street, Room 18A-B
New York, NY 10036

Featuring:

  • Adria Powell, CEO and President, Cooperative Home Care Associates
  • Maru Bautista, Director of the Cooperative Development Project, Center of Family Life
  • Rebecca Lurie, CUNY SLU Professor, Moderator

Join us for a presentation in connection with the SLU summer course “Theory, Practice and Principles of Cooperative Enterprise Management.” Over the past eight weeks, 25 SLU students engaged in learning and experiencing cooperative management techniques and approaches for bringing the change we want to see in the world.

This special final session will feature guest speakers from two of the largest organizations involved in worker co-ops in New York City. Adria Powell, CEO and President of Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx, represents the cooperative with more than 2,000 workers who are members of 1199SEIU-United Healthcare Workers East. Maru Bautista, Director of the Cooperative Development Project at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, serves the immigrant communities with start-up support and sector-based cooperative economic development. Both women serve on the board of Democracy At Work Institute (DAWI), and both are members of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. SLU Professor Rebecca Lurie will host the conversation and moderate a discussion with the audience.

No RSVP necessary. Doors open at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

A conversation about workers, communities and social justice

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