Dean's Remarks To The Class Of 2024

Dear SLU Class of 2024:

Congratulations to you and your families on reaching this significant milestone in your lives!

When CUNY’s Board of Trustees established the School of Labor and Urban Studies in 2018, they laid the foundation for a distinctive institution catering to a diverse student body, including union members, community activists, and individuals passionate about public service and social change. As members of this unique community, you are part of a cohort dedicated to making a positive impact in the world while advancing your own knowledge and careers.

I encourage you to maintain your optimism, thirst for knowledge, and dedication to effecting change. I suspect these qualities drew many of you to SLU in the first place, and have motivated you to pursue lives of significance and influence. By embracing these values, you will honor our University and School, leading the charge to improve workplaces, communities, and the world.

Each of you has a vital role to play in addressing the systemic issues of racism and economic inequality that plague our nation. We trust in your commitment to utilizing the knowledge, experiences, and credentials gained at SLU for the common good.

Also, I encourage you to remain an active member of the CUNY and SLU community. Continue your educational journey by enrolling in additional certificate and degree programs, and by participating in SLU’s public forums and conferences; support others in their academic endeavors by sharing your own experiences, together, let us contribute to the ongoing legacy of the School of Labor and Urban Studies. Please remember to join the SLU Alumni Association.

Again, my warmest congratulations and my very best wishes,

Gregory Mantsios, Ph.D.
Founding Dean
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

SLU Alumni Association
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