CUNY's lack of diversity raises serious concerns

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The first wave of midterms is over, events on campus are in full swing and the Undergraduate Student Government Homecoming is right around the corner.

A week ago, the City Council held a hearing titled African American Studies and Hiring of Black Faculty. Inquiries were made and testimony was provided regarding the lack of diversity initiatives within the City University of New York.

Faculty and students from around CUNY talked about their experiences. One of our University Student Senate delegates, Liam Giordano, will be creating a task group to investigate the lack of diversity on campus.

The University Student Senate elections are going on right now. This is the student government for all CUNY Campuses that helps fund large-scale events across CUNY and represent CUNY as a whole. The election plenary meeting was on Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. at Baruch College, during which the new leadership was voted in. I will be working closely with them to help create a CUNY-wide event.

A few USG members and other leaders on campus were invited to attend the “Annual 17 Lex Reception.”

The 17 Lex Society consists of the CUNY Board of Trustees, past alumni and other donors that help fund the changes we see on campus. Members in this society attend a multitude of VIP alumni events and have the opportunity to network with Baruch alumni.

Registration for the winter and spring semesters starts on Oct. 29. Make sure to start planning your schedule for next semester so you don’t feel overwhelmed when it’s your time to register. Check CUNYfirst to see when you can start registering.

Lexicon is working hard to take pictures of everyone graduating. Please make sure to sign up to get your pictures taken. You can take pictures from Monday to Friday during Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, Nov. 7 to Nov 9, Nov. 12 to Nov. 16 and Dec. 3 to Dec. 7.

The Office of Student Life is working hard to secure the Barclays Center for a date in the end of May or early June. I’ll share the commencement date as soon as it’s confirmed. The USG Senate had the honor of meeting with Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein to discuss our upcoming goals and initiatives.

We will be working closely with Wallerstein to make his last year as president great and also plan lavish 50th anniversary-themed events on campus. If you have any ideas and suggestions, please reach out to me.

Radhika Kalani is the president of USG. She can be reached at radhika.kalani@usgbaruch.com. Her office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.