2014-2015 Executive Board

The 2014-2015 Leadership Team!

It is with immense pleasure and humility that I announce to you the new Executive Board and the new Board of Directors for 2014-2015! The names and titles of our amazing new leadership team is listed below. 
 
We could not have asked for a better group of individuals to take lead of an organization that has meant and has done so much for the City College of New York and for our community. These individuals embody every great aspect that is the foundation of the Roosevelt Institute at City College of New York. 
 
So without further a due, here are our next leaders! 
 
Executive Board:
  • President: Moustafa Elshaabiny
  • Vice President: Matthew Lazo
  • Secretary: Rasheda Browne
  • Treasurer: Olivia Poon
Board of Directors:
  • Director of Publicity & Media: Morgan Flynn
  • Policy Director for Defense & Diplomacy: Suprita Datta
  • Policy Director for Energy & Environment: Kudzai Tunduwani
  • Policy Director for Economic Development: Fatjon Kaja
  • Policy Director for Equal Justice: Felix De Jesus
  • Policy Director for Education: Erica Martinez-Close
  • Policy Director for Health Care: Kimberly Downer
  • Policy Director for Science & Technology: Matthew Lazo
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From the office of the president: Congratulations, Rasheda!

Our secretary, Rasheda Browne, has shown dedication, commitment and hard work. Indisputably, she goes above and beyond the secretary‘s duties and responsibilities. Thus, we decided to promote her to reflect the work that she does and give her credit that she, no doubt, earned!  

Keep up the fabulous work, Rasheda! And this shall show that hard work always pays off. We are proud of you!

Rasheda now is our “Secretary and Community Outreach”

 

 Rasheda

 

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From the office of the president: Congratulations, Rasheda!

Our secretary, Rasheda Browne, has shown dedication, commitment and hard work. Indisputably, she goes above and beyond the secretary‘s duties and responsibilities. Thus, we decided to promote her to reflect the work that she does and give her credit that she, no doubt, earned!  

Keep up the fabulous work, Rasheda! And this shall show that hard work always pays off. We are proud of you!

Rasheda now is our “Secretary and Community Outreach”

 

 Rasheda

 

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Roosevelt Reflection: American Children in Danger Abroad and Granting Them a Safe Return Home

By Reem Aliessa

The escalation of violence in Syria has led to massive refugee populations in bordering nations and abroad. Obtaining refugee status and receiving benefits has proven to be difficult for many Syrians, especially for urban refugees.

Living through war and being displaced is perhaps the most traumatizing experience for an individual. So imagine what young, innocent, and helpless Syrian children experience day by day. They have been deprived of their playful childhood and education, to witness bloodshed and the death of their fellow Syrians.

However, among these children are American children of Syrian descent, some of them my relatives, who are unable to receive refugee status. They were born in America, but their parents never obtained a legal residency or citizenship and eventually returned to Syria. After one year of living in perilous conditions in Syria, some of my family members decided to return to America in hope that their children will be able to attend school and reintegrate into civil society. Since the American Embassy in Damascus was closed, my relatives helplessly made their way to the embassy in Ankara, Turkey in hopes of obtaining a visa to grant their children a safe return to America. Despite the fact that my cousins are American citizens and were too young to return to America alone, their parents were denied a visa twice. However, what was even more outrageous was that we knew several Syrians whom were granted visas to the US within the same time frame.

After witnessing this, the enigmatic process of issuing visas has proven to be unfair on various levels. I am sure the State Department abides by its guidelines for visa granting and regulations, but the fact that American children, whose lives are at risk because of war, are unable return to the United States with their parents is distressing.

After the second visa denial my relatives felt hopeless, but I, on the hand was passionate about this issue and sought the opportunity to raise awareness about it through writing a policy for the City College Roosevelt Institute Chapter. At first, I was discouraged because my target population was small. However, with the encouragement and support of members of the CCNY Roosevelt Chapter, I realized that this is a critical issue that needs to be addressed and that a policy proposal for the Roosevelt Institute was the root of the change I was seeking.

My family was ecstatic when I informed them that I was addressing their issue through writing a policy that might be published and distributed nationwide through the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. Now that my policy has been selected for publication they hope that it can influence policy makers to ease visa regulations and guidelines for parents of American children in war-torn or conflict areas.

Two of my young American cousins have separated from their parents, leaving them behind in Syria, in order to live with their siblings in New York. However, every day is a struggle for them because they have the fear that one morning they will wake up as orphans.

It is vital for the State Department to ease visa regulations for parents or guardians of American children. We all believe in ‘no child left behind’ so it is time to address the displaced American children abroad that are being left behind.

 

Education of Syrian Children in Turkish Biggest Tent City

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Roosevelt Reflection: American Children in Danger Abroad and Granting Them a Safe Return Home

By Reem Aliessa

The escalation of violence in Syria has led to massive refugee populations in bordering nations and abroad. Obtaining refugee status and receiving benefits has proven to be difficult for many Syrians, especially for urban refugees.

Living through war and being displaced is perhaps the most traumatizing experience for an individual. So imagine what young, innocent, and helpless Syrian children experience day by day. They have been deprived of their playful childhood and education, to witness bloodshed and the death of their fellow Syrians.

However, among these children are American children of Syrian descent, some of them my relatives, who are unable to receive refugee status. They were born in America, but their parents never obtained a legal residency or citizenship and eventually returned to Syria. After one year of living in perilous conditions in Syria, some of my family members decided to return to America in hope that their children will be able to attend school and reintegrate into civil society. Since the American Embassy in Damascus was closed, my relatives helplessly made their way to the embassy in Ankara, Turkey in hopes of obtaining a visa to grant their children a safe return to America. Despite the fact that my cousins are American citizens and were too young to return to America alone, their parents were denied a visa twice. However, what was even more outrageous was that we knew several Syrians whom were granted visas to the US within the same time frame.

After witnessing this, the enigmatic process of issuing visas has proven to be unfair on various levels. I am sure the State Department abides by its guidelines for visa granting and regulations, but the fact that American children, whose lives are at risk because of war, are unable return to the United States with their parents is distressing.

After the second visa denial my relatives felt hopeless, but I, on the hand was passionate about this issue and sought the opportunity to raise awareness about it through writing a policy for the City College Roosevelt Institute Chapter. At first, I was discouraged because my target population was small. However, with the encouragement and support of members of the CCNY Roosevelt Chapter, I realized that this is a critical issue that needs to be addressed and that a policy proposal for the Roosevelt Institute was the root of the change I was seeking.

My family was ecstatic when I informed them that I was addressing their issue through writing a policy that might be published and distributed nationwide through the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. Now that my policy has been selected for publication they hope that it can influence policy makers to ease visa regulations and guidelines for parents of American children in war-torn or conflict areas.

Two of my young American cousins have separated from their parents, leaving them behind in Syria, in order to live with their siblings in New York. However, every day is a struggle for them because they have the fear that one morning they will wake up as orphans.

It is vital for the State Department to ease visa regulations for parents or guardians of American children. We all believe in ‘no child left behind’ so it is time to address the displaced American children abroad that are being left behind.

 

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Energy & Environment Policy Conference!

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Roosevelt Institute at City College of New York will be hosting an Energy and Environment Policy Conference. There will be various Environmental organizations that will address problems in our current energy and environment system and identify issues our communities are facing. Together we can create a green, innovative, and sustainable Energy and Environment policy solutions for New York City!

Date: Friday, April 6
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The City College of New York
138 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Shepard Hall, Room 107

Register Here: http://rooeeconf.weebly.com/

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RooCCNY Healthcare Conference: A Successful Event!

Our conference attendants and organizers engaged in the active discussion about healthcare policy!
Our conference attendants and organizers engaged in the active discussion about healthcare policy!

On Friday, April 26, 2013, we hosted our first CCNY Chapter Healthcare Policy Conference.  After much promotion, organizational tasks, and arrangements, we can proudly say the conference was a success.  The conference had over 60 students in total and there were even attendants who were not formally students in CCNY such as Hunter College and Hofstra University.  We had various health organizations and health experts such as Harlem Seeds, Metro NY Health Care for all Campaign, Doctors for America, and Peer Health Exchange, and Professor Villarosa who informed students on different health issues pertaining to NYC and the Harlem community. Students and student organizations also had a chance to speak about some of the health related issues they are currently working on campus such as New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Veterans Association, Price of Life Campaign, Harlem Seeds Youth Council, Teachers of Tomorrow, and Earl who spoke about diabetes. Throughout the day, we were constantly asking the attendants if they were engaged, learning, and gaining from the experience.  Everyone we spoke to were engaged in the different kinds of discussions on healthcare policy and public health issues.  After the conference, I have asked a few of the attendants about their thoughts on the conference.  Listed below are a few attendants’ thoughts on the conference:

“The health conference was not what I expected. I expected a room full of stations (tables with info) where people could go and find out information about respective health organizations/projects. What we experienced was far greater. I enjoyed the round table discussions, they were informative and engaged the room in an efficient way. There’s something about learning in groups of people versus standing at a table with fliers. It seemed more personal and you were able to hear out every organization and their heart/vision. The conversation that struck me the roughest was the talk on diabetes. It’s crazy how expensive it is and how unaware certain communities are of the damage and consequences that come with that disease. I was encouraged to find out more about it. It also helps that I have been more conscious of what goes in my body and what I support when I buy food, which heavily ties into the Price of Life Campaign. I was excited to see Price of Life represented. I was blown away by the response, so many unaware individuals exposed to a harsh reality, that we can help make a difference in. I was also very proud to see my teammate Kimberly share what Price of Life mans to her, I felt like a proud big sister. With all that said, I am truly grateful to the Roosevelt Institute for their invitation to participate.”

Gissell Rodriguez, Senior Music Major, History Minor

“The Health Conference was helpful and enlightening as it hit various aspect of public health. I enjoyed the talk about how media affects public discourse of health, ranging from the current political situation with healthcare to international coverage of health in different regions around the world. Harlem Seeds was also enjoyable to listen about as I learned different ways of bringing a healthy diet to communities with little access to healthy food. Overall, the conference was very fun to attend and very helpful in understanding more about the different aspects of health besides the scientific aspects of it.”

Emily Cheung: Lower Junior, International Studies Major, Asian Studies Minor

“The Roosevelt Institute’s conference on health care was very informative and engaging on all levels. I learned about the different opportunities available in the local community, which individuals could pursue to promote healthy lifestyles. In addition, I enjoyed listening to presentations by the Metro NY Health Care Campaign, Peer Health Exchange, NYPRIG, Harlem Seeds, Doctors for America, Teachers of Tomorrow, Price of Life Campaign, CCNY Veterans Association, and the Harlem Seed Youth Council about the health care initiatives they are promoting and or advocating for. Overall, it was a great experience.”

Kishan Singh, Senior, Political Science

“Attending the healthcare conference affiliated with the Roosevelt Institute at City College has been a great experience. Hearing issues and policies from other representatives from different health organizations has broadened my views on how to make a difference and what to be aware of. Also, I was pleased to speak on the behalf of Westchester Square Partnership and how it has benefited the South Asian community. As I spoke about the focus on promoting health through education in ESL classes and other physical health improvements, many of the guests were thrilled to hear of the outcome. One of the questions asked were “Most Bangladeshi families are very introverted so how do you get them to be extroverted?” It was a great question and I replied “As the women speak more English they are comfortable in their skin and also WSP takes them out on a few trips such as museums, parks, site-seeing and other educational areas. This allows the women to accommodate to changes and they are able to ask questions openly and have a voice. And letting them understand different issues and resolutions allows them to take their own stand.”

Humaira Naushad- Junior, International Studies Major, Psychology Minor

“I must say the I really enjoyed my time at the Roosevelt Health Conference. I was not there from the very beginning but the time I was there I had a great time. The environment was very welcoming. I really liked the speakers who had spoke during the conference, and I’m not saying this because I was one of the speakers. I had the opportunity to hear one of our CCNY professors, Villarosa, talk about her experience as a Health Journalist. I found it to be quite intriguing hearing about her journey as a journalist because I am actually interested in writing about topics relating to health as well.

I truly liked that there was a time for CCNY students to talk about what they are doing in the community, relating to health. Also, giving attendees the chance to connect with other students and organizations, like Harlem Seeds. As someone who is interested in getting involved in the Roosevelt Institute it was good to see that there were copies available of the different policies and work those in the program have written.

Lastly, I noticed chicken wings, fries, and sandwiches were being served during the conference. My suggestions for next year’s conference is that someone looks into the food that is being served. Since this was a health conference I was expecting healthier food options. In the future perhaps have cooking demonstrations?”

 All in all, I give this conference a thumbs up!

Merelis: Sophomore, International Studies and Economics Major

These five attendants were few among many who were actively engaged throughout the conference.  The conference was a true success, thanks to the attendants, and the organizers. If you would like to get involved in the Roosevelt Institute City College Chapter or attend more of our events, feel free to email President Angela Choi (Achoi@rooseveltinstitute.org) or Vice President Sundus Mujahid  (syeda.mujahid@macaulay.cuny.edu) and inquire about ways to get involved with the chapter.

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CCNY Roosevelt Institute Healthcare Conference

CCNY Roosevelt Institute Healthcare Conference

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The CCNY Roosevelt Institute Campus Network will be hosting a healthcare conference on Friday, April 26th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at City College of New York, Harris Hall.

The topics we will discuss are HIV/AIDS, the role of media in health, access to healthy foods in low-income communities, food justice, funding for sex education, and many more!

You will hear various speakers from different health organizations who are currently working on these issues and how you can get involved with their organization and advocate and create policy change in your community!

Come and find out how you can make an impact in your local community healthcare issues!  Share this on your FB, Twitter, Email etc. to invite your friends!

Guest Speakers:
-Doctors for America
-Professor Villarosa (CCNY Journalism Professor)
-Metro NY Health Care Campaign
-Peer Health Exchange
-Harlem Seeds