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DOSA Minute

DECEMBER 2020

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Welcome to the December issue of DOSA Minute, a monthly newsletter published by the Division of Student Affairs aimed at engaging students throughout the semester; keeping you up to date on programs, services, and initiatives; and providing you with the tools and resources for success.

 

This newsletter marks the ending of the semester, and for some of you the ending of your time at Brooklyn College. I know the last few semesters haven’t been easy, but the finish line is in sight! For new students, you’ve just about completed your first semester as a college student. You’ve only just begun, but don’t lose sight of your goal. I’ve heard many stories from students regarding the challenges of remote learning, but remember the college’s motto, Nil sine magno labore: "Nothing without great effort." As a Brooklyn College student, that spirit lives within you and will push you to the finish line whether it be the end of a class, the end of the semester, or the end of your academic journey. No matter what, we’re here to help! Brooklyn College has a plethora of resources available to assist you even during remote learning. Check out the Campus Support Resources webpage for information regarding academic support, financial support, mental and physical health, and access to technology, among others. If you’re struggling, don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for help!

 

If you are in distress and require immediate assistance, for 24-hour service, call 911; the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline, 800.621.HOPE (4673); or the NYC Youthline, 800.246.4646. The Office of Student Affairs is available during regular business hours at 718.951.5352. Also, the Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day and can be reached at 718.951.5511, 5512, and 5513.

As a reminder, the last day to register for winter classes is January 4th (which is the first day of winter intersession classes), and
the last day to register for spring classes is February 4th
(the semester starts on January 29th).

We hope you enjoy DOSA Minute and look forward to connecting with you.

Ron Jackson
Vice President for Student Affairs

🔆  Student Group Spotlight: Women of Color Club at Brooklyn College

 

The Women of Color Club was founded in 2013 to serve, support, and empower all minority women and students academically, mentally, and socially. The club’s goal is to provide minority undergraduate, graduate, part-time, and evening students with the resources they need for academic success and social awareness. It hosts different monthly events and workshops for its members geared toward academic development, career development, social engagement, mental/physical health awareness, and fun stress-relief sessions. Women of Color also strives to help its community and people in need by hosting fundraiser activities such as coat drives, food drives, toy drives, and collecting essential items/monetary donations through the school year. The club provides safe spaces for all members by focusing on their academic, social, and mental enrichment while uplifting their community.

The Women of Color Club is always happy to accept new members. If you are interested, join the Mailing List, which also adds you to the group chat. Inquiring new members can also join via the club’s page in Bulldog Connection.

📌  Featured Office: Student Ombudsperson

Do you have questions but are not sure who to ask? Contact Assistant Dean Smith, the student ombudsperson, for help. The Student Ombudsperson Office offers students a safe place to discuss issues or questions they may have regarding anything that is interfering with the ability to succeed in college. The goal is to help guide students in the right direction to get their concerns addressed. We will listen, provide information on college policies and procedures, help to evaluate options, and connect students to the appropriate person who can assist them.

Students are encouraged to seek the advice of the student ombudsperson, especially if the concern relates to medical or financial difficulties. You can reach the office staff by e-mail or by appointment via the Student Affairs Help Tool (SAHT) located under E-Services in BC WebCentral.

Need Help? Contact Dean Smith (646) 481-7027 studentaffairs@brooklyn.cuny.edu

🎯  ABCs of Student Success

Reach Out!
by Sally Robles, Senior Supervisor, Personal Counseling

Thanks to technology, keeping your distance physically does not mean you have to keep your distance socially or emotionally. Use Facebook, Zoom, doxy.me, etc. to create or join social support networks. Don't forget that talking on the phone also works!

A Student Video Tip on Self-Care, by Tasmia Kayenat

⭐️  Courtesy Corner

Did you know that Brooklyn College students have such rights as the right to file a complaint against a student, faculty, or staff member? By the same token, as a Brooklyn College student, you are expected to familiarize yourself and abide by the college’s rules and regulations. The Office of Judicial Affairs handles complaints and concerns related to student conduct and provides guidance to students when they have other complaints or issues. We also connect students to other campus resources and support services if needed. To find out more, check out our website or feel free to e-mail us

Our conduct tip this month is to be patient and understanding! The transition to remote format is tough for everyone, including your professors. Also, you don’t know what hardships people have gone through during the past several months. Be kind and treat everyone with respect, always.

🤝  Involvement Center

Join us in spreading joy during these challenging times. The Food Bank for New York City has started a great initiative that offers volunteers a virtual way to connect with their neighbors, by writing letters/notes to the community. 
 
Who will receive the note? 
Clients of the Food Bank for New York City network of soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs. This includes families, seniors, students, those who may already have been facing challenges prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, and those who are using services for the first time since losing jobs or businesses during the past few months. 

How long should the note be? 
It's your choice! Just a few lines to let someone know you care can go a long way, but you are welcome to write a longer note if you choose. 
 
Should you sign your name? 
Food Bank for New York City states, "Because we cannot know the personal circumstances of each New Yorker who visits our sites, we ask that you address each note anonymously (for example, to "a neighbor," "a friend," or "a fellow New Yorker") and use content appropriate for any potential recipient. The choice is yours to include your real name or an anonymous sign-off such as "a Food Bank volunteer" or "a fellow New Yorker."
 
Where should I send my note(s)? 
We ask that you e-mail your notes with the subject line “Food Bank Letter.” You can attach your letter(s) to the e-mail, or simply write it into the body of the e-mail. Include your first and last name and EMPLID at the end of the e-mail, but do not put this information in your letter. 
 
Interested in service hours?
Let us know in your e-mail and we will submit the request. Food Bank will credit one hour of service for every three notes written. 
 
Interested in learning about other civic engagement opportunities?
Be sure to complete the Brooklyn College Volunteer Intake Form.

🌱  Health & Wellness

Flu Prevention Tips

  • Handwashing—Regularly washing your hands is a proven method for preventing the spread of many illnesses, including the flu and other contagious diseases. So please continue to do so!

  • Avoid Germs—In this season, avoid sharing beverages and utensils with friends.

  • Don’t Go to Class—If you are attending an on-campus class and start to feel ill, seek medical attention or consider staying home. If you are a student who must be on campus, notify your professor that you are sick and then seek medical attention.

  • Fluids Are Helpful—Colds and the flu can really take a toll on your body. Therefore, hydration is so very important. Drinking water and energy drinks will help your body replenish during a cold or when you’re experiencing the flu.

  • The Flu Shot—You should consider getting the flu shot to prevent the flu. You can get the flu shot at the Brooklyn College Health Clinic; please contact us via e-mail. You may also visit a major pharmacy near you.

📞  Career Chat

The Magner Career Center wishes students the best of luck on their finals and happy holidays. In December, the center will continue to offer résumé review services and one-on-one appointments with a career coach to discuss anything career related. We are planning for a robust January event schedule, with events focusing on paid internships, a special Job Search Program series for seniors, and "How to Apply for a Stipend" workshop. Bookmark this page for your convenience.

In the meantime, if you want to receive notification of jobs, internships, and events, follow us on social media.

📆  Upcoming Events

 

Skin Concerns in Young Adults
December 3 | 2–3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Health Clinic

 

Thursday Yoga With Bilqis Benu and the Women's Center
December 3 | 5–6 p.m.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center

 

Full Catastrophe Living 
December 7 | 2–3 p.m.
An informal support group led by Ashley Rainford, a graduate student counselor from the Personal Counseling Program.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center

 

Monday Meditation With Natalie Nuzzo
December 7 | 4–5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center

 

The Future of the Future—End-of-Semester Celebration With Ashley Brockington
December 8 | 1–2 p.m.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center

 

Sleep Hygiene
December 9 | 3–4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Health Clinic

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