Our Mission

Embracing the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies’ vision of driving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, the SLU Academic Advising Center is committed to making higher education attainable to all by addressing academic barriers that working adults face. We also strive to support students with diverse backgrounds through experiential learning and other opportunities to exercise leadership skills, especially for those looking to develop and advance skills and careers in public service and social justice activism.

An essential part of student success at our school, the advisement relationship not only serves as foundation for students navigating degree and certificate programs, but also as a space for students to identify their academic, professional, and activist goals. Through advisement, students connect with appropriate campus and university resources and professional opportunities.

The SLU Academic Advising Center is one of few sites in the country designed specifically to meet the needs of working adults with diverse backgrounds. We offer worker-friendly schedules, and varied advising philosophies and modalities, such as one-to-one meetings, interest group advising, and targeted workshops for learning communities.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

With a diverse group of experienced advisors, the SLU Academic Advising Center fosters students’ development and academic success by

  • Building strong, meaningful, respectful, and productive relationships with students
  • Encouraging a student-centered process that promotes students’ agency in setting and achieving their educational goals
  • Fostering a smooth academic transition into and throughout CUNY-SLU’s degree and certificate programs
  • Delivering highly specialized advisement during decision-making processes related to course choices for degree or certificate completion; adjustment to various academic modalities and challenges, as well as planning for post-graduation life
  • Guiding students as they navigate CUNY and SLU policies, such as transfer credit evaluation, general education pathways, satisfactory academic progress[MR5] , among other academic policies
  • Facilitating bridge programs, new student orientations, workshops, brown bags, and other events that encourage student engagement
  • Inspiring students to further their intellectual and personal growth by developing their skillsets and drawing support from student services and supplemental instruction that build on their strengths
  • Assessing student needs and advocating for their rights[MR6] , especially when experiencing academic challenges, and facing personal difficulties
  • Collaborating with faculty and various school units to aid overall student persistence, retention, and graduation
Program Advisors and Coordinators – Names, Programs, and Contact Info
URBAN AND COMMUNITY STUDIES: LABOR STUDIES AND LABOR RELATIONS:
Samina Shahidi, Academic Advisor

Master of Arts in Urban Studies

Schedule Appointment: slu-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/Ng3KR9XH0p

Samina.shahidi@slu.cuny.edu (best method) , 646-313-8325

Irene Garcia-Mathes, Academic Advisor

Master of Arts in Labor Studies and Graduate Labor Relations & Labor Studies Certificates

Schedule Appointment: slu-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/3214uIVTzh

Irene.garcia-mathes@slu.cuny.edu, 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)

Schedule Appointment: slu-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/vsjyRwNOYc

Kevin.simmons@slu.cuny.edu , 646-313-8331

David Unger, Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Labor Relations & Labor Studies Certificates

Schedule Appointment: slu-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/cyKk1ubxIC

David.unger@slu.cuny.edu, 646-313-8329

Stephen Greenfeld, Urban Studies Program Manager

Public Admin & Policy Certificate and Community Leadership Certificate

Schedule Appointment: slu-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/ih1zxQx_x3

Stephen.Greenfeld@slu.cuny.edu, 646-313-8300

Crystal Joseph, Program Coordinator Community Semester

Crystal.joseph@slu.cuny.edu, 646-313-8334

Early planning is essential for many of the services and resources we offer. Schedule a virtual and phone appointment with your advisor through SLU Navigate.

The SLU Academic Advising Center is located at 25 W 43rd Street, Room 1815 for in-person consultations. Although walk-ins for quick questions are welcome, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment, especially if you need to see your advisor.

Office Hours*: Monday – Thursday: 10 am- -6 pm

Friday: 9 am-4 pm

*Hours subject to change

Is your advisor not available or don’t know your advisor?

Please contact:
studentservices@slu.cuny.edu
646 313 8321