Welcome to the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs is an integral part of student success at SLU. The Office of Student Affairs offers a range of programs and student services, including writing assistance, advisement, career services, counseling and wellness, veteran services, accessibility services, student life/activities, and more to meet student’s needs.

Our mission is to provide exemplary student-centered programs and services that enhance the student experience and complement the mission of the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU). Student Affairs, in collaboration with other units of the School create transformational experiences that foster student success in and outside of the classroom and empower all students to achieve their educational and professional goals.

25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036

We invite you to explore the student services areas to learn more about the programs and activities that SLU has to offer. The dedicated students affairs staff is available to guide and support students throughout their educational journey at SLU.

Director of Student & Community Affairs

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student & Community Affairs

25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036


The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to nurturing an inclusive atmosphere that inspires student involvement, growth, and achievement both within and beyond the classroom. By providing student support services and establishing a vibrant campus community that embraces individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints, we aspire to empower students to take on active leadership roles not only at CUNY SLU but also in the workplace and the community.

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie joined the Murphy Institute now the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies—SLU in September 2014. She is the Director of Student & Community Affairs at SLU.  In her role, she leads the School’s student affairs unit and student engagement initiatives.

Rochel has over 16 years designing, leading, and implementing programs in higher education with a particular focus on experiential learning and student services. In those roles, she helped launch two new colleges in the CUNY system and spearheaded new programs and initiatives to support student access, retention, and completion.

Rochel holds an MPA in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Baruch College/Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Baruch College/CUNY, Zicklin School of Business. She is currently working towards her Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration at Northeastern University.

Office of Student Affairs Staff

Rukiya Brown

Academic Advisor
: rukiya.brown@slu.cuny.edu

Zara Cadoux

Social Justice Leadership Development Specialist
: zara.cadoux@slu.cuny.edu

Michael Gilbert

Academic Program Specialist – PT Initiative
: michael.gilbert@slu.cuny.edu

Lindsay Kazi

Wellness Counselor
: lindsay.kazi@slu.cuny.edu

Maureen LaMar

Manager of Institutional and Academic Partnerships
: maureen.lamar@slu.cuny.edu

Laura Meltzer

Alumni Association Coordinator
: laura.meltzer@slu.cuny.edu

Nikki Neysmith

Career Specialist
: nikki.neysmith@cuny.edu

Padraig O’Donoghue

Student Services Manager
: padraig.odonoghue@slu.cuny.edu

Michael Rymer

Associate Director of the SLU Learning Hub
: michael.rymer@slu.cuny.edu

Kevin Simmons

Academic Program Specialist
: kevin.simmons@slu.cuny.edu

Mason Brown

Science Resources, and ASRC Librarian
: mbrown3@gc.cuny.edu

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