The governing body of the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies pursuant to the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees is the Academic Governing Council (AGC). The AGC consist of all full-time, jointly-appointed, and consortial faculty. The Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the two Higher Education Officers (HEOs) who have primary responsibility for administration of the School’s two academic programs serve as ex-officio members without vote. At least one student from each department is elected in accordance to rules established by the student governing body; the ratio of student to faculty representation on the council shall not exceed 1:3. Students serve for up to three years; student elections shall be staggered to produce overlap between new and experienced student representatives. Initially, the AGC has the following standing committees: Steering and Elections Committee, Curriculum Committee, Admissions and Awards Committee, and Student Academic Appeals Committee. Students elect their representative members of each standing or ad hoc committee. All meetings of the Academic Governing Council are open to all members of the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies community. For more information about the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies AGC, visit

Academic Governance Council

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Neonne Ameer, Masters in Urban Studies

Neonne Ameer is a first generation college graduate from a Guyanese immigrant family. Born and raised in the South Bronx, she studied History and Middle School/High School Education at Lehman College, with a focus on military and United States history for her undergraduate degree. Neonne has worked with not-for-profits for five years and is an active community member when it comes to volunteering in underserved populations. She hopes to continue her endeavors in working with underserved populations to ensure everyone has access to their basic human rights. She enjoys speaking up and giving a voice for what she stands by and she is a firm believer in building connections and relationships in every environment. This creates unity and a chance to build bridges for all, especially for those who might have trouble communicating their expectations. In a new school like SLU, Neonne sees an opportunity to create systems and organization that includes all populations connected with SLU.  She wants to help bridge students and faculty members to build a solid foundation and this includes starting a Student Government and building a network with other CUNY Schools, while listening to the students from all programs.  Neonne is a recent Graduate of the Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership and is now pursuing her MA in Urban Studies.

Violetta Gomez-Uribe, BA Urban and Community Studies

I am a sophomore enrolled in the BA program in Urban and Community Studies, with a concentration in Labor Studies , and I am a Joseph Murphy Diversity Scholar. Professionally, I work as a civil servant at the Human Resources Administration were I serve as an Employment Counselor guiding homeless adults to gain employment skills to become independent. As an immigrant and DREAMER I have spent the last 15 years advocating for educational equity regardless of immigrant status, English proficiency or economic status. This trajectory provides me not only with the skills, but also the passion to both envision and create a diverse, safe and welcoming academic space for all students to thrive. I hope to continue this work as a student representative on the Academic Governing Council of SLU.

Pablo Perez, MA in Labor Studies

Pablo has a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University, School of Law and is am a member of the NYS Bar.  In addition, he holds an M.S. Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the Principals Institute at Bank Street College.  Pablo was UFT Chapter Leader for PS/IS 218 (Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School), a school where he also served as Math Coach, Instructional Specialist, and Dean.  He worked as a teacher for the NYC DOE for 33 years and is now retired (since January 2, 2018).  Being retired allows him the time to dedicated to the responsibilities of a seat on the Academic Governing Council.  Pablo is a voracious reader, proficient in both English and Spanish, and he loves learning and new experiences, which is why he is pursuing a Masters in Labor Studies at SLU.

Natasha A. Taffe, PADM-ADV CERT

My name is Natasha A. Taffe , and this Fall I will be pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Administration with hopes to continue on and obtain my Masters in Urban Studies. I graduated Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Public Administration in May 1999.I am excited to learn about this new opportunity within the Academic Governing Council at SLU because during my high school and undergraduate years I served diligently and extensively in the Student Government Associations at my schools. In the many roles I took on, including Freshmen Class Vice President, Student Ambassador and Student Government Director of Public Relations, I gained invaluable experience in not only leadership but teamwork. I also feel I developed a fundamental understanding of the inner workings of college administration, which has enriched my knowledge and I think would serve me well as a student representative on the AGC, where I would love to not only serve SLU, but the Student Body! Thank you for your time and consideration.