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.


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
Academic Advisors and Program Coordinators


Irene Garcia-Mathes, Sr. Academic Advisor Master of Arts in Labor Studies Irene.garcia-mathes@slu.cuny.edu


Samina Shahidi,

Sr. Academic Advisor

Master of Arts in Urban Studies Samina.shahidi@slu.cuny.edu


Chris Washington, Sr. Academic Advisor Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Community Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies




Kevin Simmons, Program Coordinator Healthcare Leadership and Advocacy Certificate

Leading Change in Healthcare Systems Certificate

Resident Leadership Academy (NYCHA)

Workplace Democracy and Community Ownership Certificate

Transit Certificate



David Unger,

Program Coordinator

Undergraduate and Graduate Labor Relations & Labor Studies Certificates David.Unger@slu.cuny.edu



Jamie Olmos,

Program Coordinator

Undergraduate and Graduate Community Leadership Certificates

Undergraduate and Graduate Public Administration & Public Policy Certificates



Rukiya Brown, Academic Advisor Urban Academy and Pre-College Programs Rukiya.Brown@slu.cuny.edu


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:
646 313 8321