OpenCUNY Fall 2014 Welcome

Dearest OpenCUNY participants,

OpenCUNY, the student-governed, open source, academic medium for The Graduate Center, CUNY community, where you can build the website of your dreams through a WordPress interface, would like to warmly welcome you back to another academic year here in this Midtown labyrinth (distinctly lacking in David Bowie). It’s been great to meet new faces at Orientation and see familiar faces around the halls again now that fall semester is underway. If we’ve not met you yet, and you’re intrigued, read about OpenCUNY and consider joining us!

Happy birthday, OpenCUNY, with current coordinators and OpenCUNY founder.

Happy birthday, OpenCUNY, with current coordinators and OpenCUNY founder.

In the past year, OpenCUNY celebrated its fifth birthday, and we’re actively working to develop OpenCUNY for present and future needs. We’ll share about some of our current projects in this email. As always, we encourage you to get in touch with us if you’re interested in collaborating on events or have any questions about your web presence.

Tell OpenCUNY What’s Up: Our First Participant Survey
In order to help us assess the current usages of OpenCUNY and plan for its next five years, we’ve launched OpenCUNY’s First Participant Survey here. Whether or not you’re on OpenCUNY, we encourage you to take 10-15 minutes of your time and share about your experience on digital platforms.

Learn More about OpenCUNY on
In addition to our main site,, contains helpful forms for frequent requests and how-tos for common queries. The newest posts on include:

Updating Our Terms of Participation
One of the main tenets of OpenCUNY is that we are a participatory platform, governed by a Terms of Participation. These Terms are crafted by the OpenCUNY Coordinators and a Board of OpenCUNY participants and approved both by OpenCUNY participants and the Doctoral Students’ Council Plenary. As it’s been a while since we’ve updated the Terms, the OpenCUNY Coordinators have been working this spring and summer with the DSC lawyers to review the existing Terms and draft a new document, which will take into account changes in the landscape of the internet. We will work on these revised Terms with the new OpenCUNY Board this fall before we present it to the larger OpenCUNY community and DSC Plenary for review later this academic year.

Maggie Galvan,, OpenCUNY Coordinator of Education and Support
Laurie Hurson,, OpenCUNY Coordinator of Planning and Development
Chrissy Nadler,, OpenCUNY Coordinator of Organizing and Action
Learn more about your OpenCUNY Coordinators here!

P.S. We recently upgraded to WordPress 4.0! Learn more here and be in touch if you experience any issues in the transition.

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