Freedom of speech on YOUR campus, an alarming proposal by the CUNY’s Board of Trustees.

In November, a highly controversial policy that compromises free speech on CUNY campuses will be up for vote by the CUNY Board of Trustees.  This Body is not rrepresentative of CUNY students or faculty in voice or vote.  Over the last few years, they have passed numerous policies misaligned with the goal of the CUNY to provide affordable, high quality college education to the People of New York.  Now, freedom of expression, is in question.  The proposed policy will significantly limit the ability of students and faculty to protest tuition hikes, curriculum changes, and more.  Violation of this policy is subject to punishment, including disbandment form the institution as a whole.

The good news is that students, faculty and staff have been doing outstanding work rallying the community around these issues:

+  Currently, there are almost 1,00 signatures on a petition.  Please sign and share widely:

+  At the October meeting, the Doctoral Students’ Council unanimously passed a Resolution Against the “CUNY Policy on Expressive Activity”.  Also, there are an number of events being organized on CUNY campuses.

+  Over the next three week, there are a number of events planned leading up to the November Board of Trustees Meeting.  These events are a great way to get involved in any capacity.  See below for more details.

CUNY students, faculty, and staff can play an invaluable role to join these upcoming events, sign the petition, share testimonies at the Nov 18 BoT public hearing, and build for the Nov 25 city-wide mobilization.  On a chilling note, the potential passage of this “Policy on Expressive Activity” may send a message to all NYC schools to stifle our abilities to free speech, assembly, and exchange of materials.  Please reply with how you can offer concrete support via events participation/arts materials/public writing/social media/flyering/campus & community outreach & mobilization/etc.  CUNY folks urgently need your solidarity at this time.

Upcoming Events

Defense (N4-8) 2 suspended CCNY student organizersare scheduled for disciplinary hearings on Friday, Nov 8th.

There is a 9am rally, an hour before their hearings begin, at City College in front of the North Academic Center.  More info here:

Education (N11-15)– Students/faculty teach-ins across CUNY (details/dates forthcoming), and several groups will co-host a “Take Back CUNY!”, 4-7pm, event on Friday, Nov 15 at the Graduate Center, RSVP and share:

Action (N18-22) – CUNY Board of Trustees 4pm public hearing on Monday, Nov 18, at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus.Students/faculty speak-outs across CUNY (details/dates forthcoming).

Monday, Nov 25, city-wide mobilization
– Several CUNY student organizations, in dialogue with the PSC, are calling for a CUNY studentswalk-out/PSC members participation:  Early afternoon rally outside CUNY Central offices on 42nd st, march to Madison Square Park for a NYC education convergence, march to Baruch College Vertical Campus for actions inside/outside Board of Trustees 4pm business meeting.

Data Anywhere Workshop: open data, Linux admin, NoSQL and more!

Location: CUNY Graduate Center
Time: Sat 10-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm
Room: 5409

**Please be sure you have registered below. The building is open, but we will be in an area that requires you check in with security, and show a valid form of ID**

Data Anywhere Workshop: participants will learn how to configure and secure a UNIX server for hosting open (or private) data sets. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for installing a variety of software packages and participants will become familiar with web applications such as nginx, mongodb, and flask. Also, we’ll be covering a bit of Python, and covering some basics of nosql.

This is an intensive workshop is open to participants of any level, including zero! Most important is the desire to learn. The workshop is open to the CUNY community.

More info on Data Anywhere can be found on

Register by submitting the form here.

CUNY Women in STEM Tea Party!

teaparty1Please join us!

There will be basic tea party fare: sandwiches, salads, sweets, tea & lemonade. Also, if you submit your LIR train tickets to the DSC by the 28th, we can cover the cost of travel. You can email me, Stephanie, or Lisa to help out with that process.

This event is generously hosted by Annelies, a former co-chair and GC alum. Please RSVP with her by email, and for the address at annelies [dot] kamran [at] gmail [dot] com

CUNY Women in STEM Tea Party
Date: Saturday, May 25th
Time: 2PM
Place: Brookhaven, NY 11719

New Student Data Repo

CUNY Women in STEM is establishing a CUNY Data Repository that will allow Graduate Center students to share data they’ve collected and release it in the public domain.   Their data server is part of the larger Data Anywhare project that aims to create a participatory data commons.

If you have any interest in sharing a data set that you feel will be of use to others, or helping to develop an maintain the site, please let us know.

3 X 50$ Poster Award @ GC’s First Interdisciplinary Science Student Conference

Women in STEM will be sponsoring three best poster awards at GC’s Interdisciplinary Science Student Conference by a female student at CUNY.  If you are interested in entering your poster, please be sure to submit your poster’s abstract by March 15th and register for the conference.  If you’re not entering a submission, but would like to help judge please contact us.

AWIS Educational Awards for travel for professional development

The Association of Women in Science (AWIS) has announced the 2012 AWIS  Educational Awards to support travel for professional development,  broadly defined. We particularly wish to encourage early-career  scientists. Individuals may request funding to attend a conference, to  acquire specialized training, or to pursue professional development in  other ways that take them from home.

Due date: All materials, including the Letter of Recommendation, must  be submitted by December 31, 2011 for awards that will be available in  March of 2012.  Recipients will be notified via e-mail by February 28,  2012 (Please note: there will be a second awards cycle in 2012, so  check back at a later date for the next due date and  details on how you can apply.)

Award amount: Awards are $1,000 to $3,000. The maximum to be awarded  is $3,000.

More information can be found here.