CUNY Continuity for Students
We know you have a lot on your mind and a lot on your plate, so CUNY wants to make the transition to distance learning as easy as possible for you. Use this page as a hub for resources, tools, and tips to help you finish the Spring 2020 semester off strong. Don’t let the idea of distance learning add to your stress: whether through a webinar, or even a text message, the goal is for instructors and students to stay connected and keep learning going. With constant communication and a little bit of flexibility, together, we’ll get through this.
Coronavirus Financial Impact Grants for CUNY Hillel Students go LIVE 4/20/20 - updated 4.17.20
Coronavirus Financial Impact Grants for CUNY Hillel Students provide one-time cash grants of $1,000 to CUNY Hillel students (undergraduates and graduates) with annual, pre-tax household income of $100,000 or less. Apply Here.
UJA+CUNY Hillels+ Hebrew Free Loan Society Grant - updated 4.7.20
UJA, CUNY Hillels and Hebrew Free Loan Society are coordinating an effort to get *grants* to students in need. The grant application will go live soon (we will update you when we know the exact date). Please fill out the survey below if you think you might apply. This way, we're able to get you the information you need as quickly as possible.
Let QC Hillel know how you're doing by filling out this survey: https://forms.gle/d8g3CAPmfaNAfPa77
COVID-19 Resource List from UJA Federation of NY - updated 4.7.20
Our partner, UJA- Federation of NY, is continuing to mobilize and adapt quickly to the evolving needs of the COVID-19 global pandemic. They've compiled resources to help our community navigate these uncharted waters. Here is the link and below is some info we think is important for students right now. Check back regularly as resources will continue to be updated.
A List of Kosher Food Pantries: https://www.ujafedny.org/assets/790855
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) is taking applications: https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/
Interest Free Bridge Loans from Hebrew Free Loan Society: https://hfls.org/loan-programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan/
Ways to Help:
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.ujafedny.org/volunteer/coronavirus
Resources for Mental Health:
Mental heath professionals are volunteering with the Amudim Anonymous Support Hotline, offering guidance and support to people struggling to cope with issues beyond anything they’ve ever experienced before. The call center can be reached at 888-726-8346, 718-972-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.
OHEL is providing remote crisis counseling. To request a session, please sign up here.
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering opportunities for anyone who is looking for some moments of calm, centeredness, and clarity. You can find more information here.
NYC Well connects you to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
Spring Break and Commencement Information - updated 4.6.20
Passover Seders for Those In Need updated 3.26.20
QC Hillel is working with our partner, UJA-Federation of NY, to provide delivered, kosher Passover Seder Meals to QC students (and their families) and isolated seniors in need. As of 3.26.20 we have 40 meals left. Please fill out this form if you are interested: https://forms.gle/SLBdcozNg1Miw1j19
Recalibration Period for Educational Equity updated 3.26.20
Earlier this week, CUNY announced a plan to pause for a Recalibration Period for Educational Equity beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2.
The primary reason for moving up some days from the Spring Recess is to provide time to get a substantial number of laptops and tablets into the hands of students who need them. These students have been without access to technology since March 19, and could have a tough time catching up, and likely to drop out of the semester, if CUNY does not do this now.
The University’s previously scheduled Spring Recess will now run from Wednesday April 8 through Friday April 10, encompassing the beginning of Passover and Good Friday. For faculty, staff and students whose religious observation extends into the week of April 13, as always you have the right to request a religious exemption to observe the holiday and we will offer maximum flexibility in addressing the requests. CUNY’s guidance for religious exemptions can be found here and we will remind faculty and staff about our guidance as we get closer to that date.
In the case that a professor requests a written letter, QC Hillel has prepared them for you. An email will be sent this week with more information. If you have not done so already, please sign up here for our weekly emails so you have the most up to date resources for you.
More Tips and Tricks From CUNY: https://www.cuny.edu/cuny-continuity/cuny-continuity-for-students/