As Baruch students, we have the tendency to complain about broken elevators and escalators, crowded hallways, even more crowded lecture halls and the Wi-Fi connection that never seems to work. The lines to printers in the library building and the sixth floor computer labs make us fume, and more than a few of us have been late to class because of an assignment we were trying to print out.
With all these day-to-day issues, it is easy to forget about some of the good things Baruch does for its students. With the recent prominent political issues at hand, it is particularly important for students to know about the services that Baruch provides to support its students’ well-being.
Most recently, CUNY Citizenship Now! announced that, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it would offer free application renewal assistance prior to the Oct. 5 deadline for renewal forms. The goal was to help CUNY students acquire deportation protection while they continue their studies. To ensure that the announcement reached as many students as possible, the Undergraduate Student Government made a post about it on its Facebook page.
Some students may also be familiar with President Mitchel B. Wallerstein’s emails, which have increased in frequency since Trump became president. In the past, he sent several emails voicing his support for DACA students, faculty and staff, and stated that he would not allow immigration authorities to enter the campus unless they came with a valid search warrant.
On Sept. 6, following Trump’s announcement regarding DACA, he sent an email summarizing what the decision meant for DACA recipients and urged them to use CUNY resources to submit their renewal application before the deadline.
Lastly, Baruch offers counseling services in the Counseling Center, which is located on the ninth floor at 137 East 25 Street.
There are, undeniably, many things the administration must fix, whether it be academics, facilities or other factors that contribute to the overall student experience at Baruch. However, the one thing that deserves praise is the administration’s genuine care for individual students who attend Baruch.
With all the resources that are made available and promoted to students, it is easy to feel that the college cares not just about everyone’s academic performance, but also about how confident and safe the students feel outside of the classroom.