From the Classroom to the Workplace: CUNY Alumni Speak on their Experiences

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What happens when students leave our CUNY classrooms? What do they retain and remember from their degree programs and how does that play out in the workplace? This panel of 5 CUNY alumni will speak on their experiences as CUNY students, graduates, and now employees in various sectors. Come to this discussion if you are a student and if you are a faculty member, and if you are curious as to how your CUNY degree and/or CUNY classroom continues to live after a student’s time here.

This panel brings five recent CUNY alum to discuss the transition from college to work and to investigate the role of a humanities education in professional spaces. The panelists graduated from four different CUNY campuses and have pursued diverse job and career paths. The alum will first respond to a set of questions created by the undergraduates and then engage in open dialogue with the audience.

Some of the questions the alum will respond to include: How did college prepare you for your professional experiences? What message did you receive about what a college education should do? What courses were most useful and why? What are some of the skills, habits, values or ideas you remember from your humanities classes? What are some of the skills, habits, values or ideas you call up and use most in your work, and in what contexts? What do you wish you had learned while in college? What advice would you give to undergraduates about getting the most of their humanities education? What advice would you give to faculty about teaching and learning as preparation for the workplace?

This panel is organized by TLH Faculty Fellows, Bertie Ferdman (Borough of Manhattan Community College); Lori Ungemah (Guttman Community College); Alcira Forero-Pena (LaGuardia Community College); Ted Gordon (Baruch College); and Jessica Yood (Lehman College)

Accessibility: ASL interpretation and live CART transcription will be provided.

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About Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2020. She is the Director of Digital Communications for Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH), a three-year initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is also working on a web project with teaching materials about civil rights struggles in New York City, including disability rights history. She advocates for improving public transit accessibility in New York City for people with disabilities and chairs the Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility for New York City Transit.