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Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA)

A Message from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Frank D. Sanchez  Ph.D.

franksanchezDear Students, Staff and Faculty

The Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA) is updating its efforts to communicate and showcase student services and support across CUNY. You are reading COSA’s new blog format where I and the entire central office will be sharing important information and updates affecting Student Affairs operations and our students. This new approach is intended to provide open and easy access to professional development opportunities, student highlights, policy development and new initiatives. The blog will also complement new social media efforts taking place at COSA and further strengthen access for students as well as social media savvy staff.

Please let us know what you think about the new format.  We are eager to hear how we can better communicate the tremendous work taking place across this amazing university.

With much appreciation,


@FrankDSanchez  @cunycosa


Residence Life and NUFP Highlights

Winter Residence Life Training occurred in January to educate residence life student and staff on various topics that will allow them to do their jobs well in the residence hall. >>


Ninth Annual CUNY BMI Conference

On Friday, October 3, 2014, from 8:30am to 6pm, the Ninth Annual CUNY BMI Conference entitled, Diversity Business, and Entrepreneurship, was held at Baruch College/CUNY. ” >>


Stony Brook RA Conference Event

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Central Office of Student Affairs sponsored 21 CUNY Student Housing and Residence Life staff members to attend the Stony Brook RA Conference at Stony Brook University. >>


First Annual DREAMers Conference Held in John Jay College
MLA Students and CUNY DREAMers at the 1st Annual CUNY DREAMers Conference

The Malave Leadership Academy sponsored the First Annual DREAMers Conference on Friday, September 26th in John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students and student leaders from all 24 campuses attended the all- day event.  >>


Elliott Dawes, University Director of BMI, Leaves for Advanced Law Degree

After approximately 8 years of dedicated service to underrepresented students, particularly Black and Latino males, at the City University of New York (CUNY), Elliott Dawes, the Founding University Director of the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), has resigned. >>

CUNY BMI Transition

Vice Chancellor Sanchez and Executive Director Douglass agreed that, on Monday, August 25, 2014, Jermaine Wright would become the Interim CUNY BMI University Director . >>


VC Frank D. Sanchez at the 17th Annual National Principals Leadership Institute

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Vice Chancellor Sanchez moderated a roundtable discussion at the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI) which was held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. >>


JP Morgan Chase and John Jay Host Empowerment Symposium for Women Veterans

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in collaboration with JP Morgan Chase hosted the Women Veterans Empowerment Symposium >>


CUNY’s 2014 Jonas E. Salk Scholarships Awarded on May 14

The City University of New York has awarded its prestigious Jonas E. Salk Scholarships for medical study to eight graduates in recognition of their outstanding research on subjects including neuroscience, cancer, genetics and molecular biology. >>



Project REACH Holds 2nd Annual Disability Awareness Month Event >>
Greetings From Our 2014 CUNY Graduates! >>
COSA Welcomes Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Ali Zaman Shah! >>

#BringBackOurGirls Video Raises Awareness About Kidnapped Nigerian Girls >>

CUNY’s 2014 Jonas E. Salk Scholarships Awarded on May 14 >>

Applications Due June 30th for the CUNY-NYCHA Scholarship Program for Housing Authority Student Residents >>

New Website: Resources for Combatting Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault, Title IX >>

Student Profile: Mr. Michael Cruz, The City College of New York  >>

University Student Senate Produces CUNY Students “Happy” Song Video >>

 CUNY Project REACH Cited in New York’s Village Voice >>

Vice Chancellor Frank D. Sanchez Keynote Speaker at DAPF Student Forum, May 17 at John Jay College >>

CUNY’s International Students Honored for Academic Excellence >>

Inaugural CUNY Student Housing and Residence Life Banquet Held >>

Important Update On United Healthcare Insurance Plan for Students >>

First New York State Veterans and Military Families Summit Held in Albany >>

BMCC Veteran Ariel Diaz Reaches for the Stars! >>

CUNY’s Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program Available for Students w/Disabilities >>

HESC Introduces College Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool >>

NYCOBW and CUNY Honor New York’s First Lady Chirlane McCray >>

CUNY Leadership Joins 5000+ at 2014 NASPA Conference: “Lead, Innovate, Transform” >>

CUNY Project REACH Holds Third Annual Strategic Advisory Meeting with Professionals in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Community >>

CUNYAC Kicks Off Spring Social Media Contests  >>

Nationally Prominent Higher Education Leader James B. Milliken Appointed Chancellor of The City University of New York >>

Welcome CUNY Student Vets! >>

For Students! Financial Literacy Videos >>

NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program at CUNY >>

At Home At CUNY: Student Housing and Residential Life >>

Welcome New COSA Staff!  >>



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