Dear LGBTQI+ students,

On behalf of Greg Mantsios, Dean of the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU), and the School’s Student Affairs staff, I welcome you as a new member of the SLU community! You have joined a supportive and very active group of more than 400 students from diverse backgrounds.

Ensuring that all students feel safe and welcome at our School is our foremost priority. In the coming months we look forward to meeting you—albeit virtually—whether it be at a student activity, a public programming or community event. We invite you to join us creating a culture of inclusivity for all students, especially those who identify as LGBTQI+.

Please reach out to your LGBTQI+ allies among our advising staff if you want to connect with relevant student services, help organize community-building activities, or if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to a great semester virtually—together!

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student & Community Affairs
(646) 313-8320

Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Inclusion

The School of Labor and Urban Studies reaffirms The City University of New York (CUNY) Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination, and its long-standing commitment to nurture an inclusive and diverse community. The SLU administration, faculty, and staff all share responsibility for ensuring compliance with these policies and laws.

Our School does not discriminate because of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability (including HIV status), veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. This policy applies to all, students, faculty and staff.

CUNYFirst Preferred Name Change

While CUNY SLU recognizes the importance that a change of name might have to students during their time with the school, a preferred name is not a legal name, but is generally used to change how others refer to you. For this purpose, students may identify a preferred name to be recorded in the student system. No documentation is required to have a preferred name recorded. Documents and records that may display a preferred name include, among other things, course rosters, student identification cards, student email addresses, and other documents issued by the school. Please note that only first and/or middle names may be changed. Please select names that you would be comfortable using in the classroom and other CUNY settings. After making this update your preferred name will also be shown on class rosters and Blackboard.

In order to change your preferred name follow these steps:

  1. Go onto the CUNYFirst Webpage
  2. Log into your account
  3. Go to Student Center
  4. Scroll down to Personal Information and Click “Names” on the left-hand side
  5. On that page you should be able to add a name and indicate that it is your preferred name.

Please note, a preferred name will not be reflected on, among other things, a student’s official academic record, diploma, or transcript. To change the name that is displayed/reflected on official academic record, diploma, or transcript students must follow the instructions on the Personal Data Change Request Form available in the Registrar’s Office. Official and legal name changes require specific documentation outlined on that form. If you have any questions, please reach out to SLU Registrar at

Anyone who believes that she/he/them experience discrimination should immediately contact:

Meghan Moore-Wilk
Title IX Coordinator

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student & Community Affairs

Meet our campus LGBTQI+ allies!
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