Academic advisement is an integral part of student success at the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU). The advisement relationship serves as a space for students to identify their academic, professional and activist goals, and connect them to strategic program points, such as research, internship, fieldwork, organizing and leadership courses. Advisors serve as a resource for support in navigating the degree and certificate programs, and a wide range of academic and professional opportunities. Students can also work with their advisors in assessing their developing skillsets, and draw on related student support through the writing center, career services and counseling.

The guiding principles of Academic Advisement at SLU are the following:

  • Facilitate student development through academic plans created in collaboration with the student, advisor, and faculty.
  • Support a student-centered process that takes into account different levels of the student’s prior experience to support achievement of educational and personal goals.
  • Foster smooth transitions by creating academic support initiatives that are continuously adjusted to fulfill different needs as students successfully navigate degree completion, as well as fulfilling their personal and professional goals. Events like New Student orientation, Student Forum, as well as customized advising sessions, and referrals to program support services help students navigate our educational institution.
Program Advisors and Coordinators – Names, Programs, and Contact Info
Samina Shahidi, Academic Advisor

Master of Arts in Urban Studies (best method) , 646-313-8325

Irene Garcia-Mathes, Academic Advisor

Master of Arts in Labor Studies and Graduate Labor Relations & Labor Studies Certificates, 646-313-8324

Kevin Simmons, Academic Program Specialist

Health Care Policy & Admin., Transit Certificate, Pathway Programs,

Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Community Studies

and Resident Leadership Academy (NYCHA) , 646-313-8331

David Unger, Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Labor Relations & Labor Studies Certificates, 646-313-8329

Julman Arevalo Tolentino, Academic Program Coordinator & Advisor

Public Admin & Policy Certificate and Community Leadership Certificate , 646-313-8332

Crystal Joseph, Program Coordinator Community Semester, 646-313-8334