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Borough of Manhattan Community College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
199 Chambers St
New York, New York 10007
Phone
(212) 220-8000
Email address
admissions@bmcc.cuny.edu
School Information
"BMCC is a college that is alive with ideas and innovation, and supportive of the innate human striving for self-improvement. We offer opportunity to those students who desire it and wish to strive for it." The college enrolls over 22,000 students, has over 540 full-time faculty, and offers over 50 Associate's Degree programs. (Source: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/about-bmcc/)
General Information
BMCC has offered anti-racism resources to its students. The college does not currently require Critical Race Training sessions of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • BMCC's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "This dire outcome to two cases brought before the Court...is in direct opposition to our BMCC mission grounded in equity for all students...It could limit access to the transformative college education, especially in Black, brown, marginalized, and other communities, and exacerbate systemic disparities...We will continue to engage every strategy at our disposal...We must reaffirm our commitment to antiracism and racial equity and continue to enable our students to tell their truths and share their experience."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On April 21, 2023, BMCC's Faculty Development Committee held an event titled "2023 Joe Doctor Colloquium: Fostering Conditions for Belonging in the Classroom and Beyond," which was "designed to inform, inspire, and empower educators who are interested in creating a more supportive and inclusive learning environment where all students feel like they matter and belong."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In April 2022, BMCC held a "Social Justice Week," including seminars on why pronouns matter and how to dismantle injustices.
Program and Research Funding
  • The college is implementing "Anti-Racist Pedagogy Summer Workshops and Faculty/Student Fellowships," which will receive $80,000 in funding.
Resources
  • BMCC has posted anti-racism resources which describe anti-racism as the "active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes."
  • BMCC has also posted newly updated anti-racism resources with links to the "Harvard Business School: Implicit Association Test" and Kimberlé Crenshaw's TedTalk on "The Urgency of Intersectionality."
  • In addition to the main resources, the college is offering "racial trauma resources" for those who "react to acts of racism with fear and hypervigilance, headaches, insomnia, body aches, memory difficulty, self-blame, confusion, shame, and guilt after experiencing racism."
  • Rose Kim, Associate Professor of social sciences, human services and criminal justice at BMCC, is an expert in Critical Race Theory, Racism Theory, and race and ethnicity.
  • The educational goal for students who take Ethnic Studies courses at BMCC is to "Cultivate knowledge of themselves—who they are; how they struggle with living legacies of slavery, colonialism, and racial injustices; how they are made and remade through the politics of the everyday and social movements; and above all what they are capable of achieving."
  • BMCC lists its many courses related to the pathway entitled "U.S. Experience in its Diversity."
  • In April 2023, BMCC held the "Social Justice Week: CUNY Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders in Conversation" which was a "panel discussion featuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders from a cross-section of CUNY institutions engaging in a dialogue about current CUNY campus efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion work."
  • BMCC's "Racial Trauma Resources" page provides a list of resources for "Black-Identified Individuals and Communities" and states, "Racial trauma is the term used to describe the emotional and physical reaction People of Color often have to acts of racism."
  • BMCC's "Social Justice Resources" page states "Social justice is the process of ensuring that all people have the same privileges and personal liberties as well as the possibility of social mobility." Resources include: "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do," "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation," and "I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness."
  • The Race, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee at BMCC "actively works to dismantle systemic racism and structural inequality across the BMCC community of students, faculty, staff...."
  • BMCC provides Black Lives Matter, anti-racism, and social justice resources.
  • BMCC published its 2022-2023 Race, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee annual report.
  • BMCC's "OpenLab course site" features Critical Race Theory and states, "CRT is an analytical framework originating in legal studies to examine how racism and systemic bias disenfranchise individuals of colour in the USA...with particular relevance to racial inequity in education."
Last updated May 13th, 2024
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