The CUNY Coalition for Students with Disability (CCSD) successfully held its third Annual Retreat “Leadership Training” October 9-11 at the Hudson Valley Resort. More than 20 students, representing 15 CUNY campuses, participated in a series of leadership workshops ranging from teambuilding exercises to brainstorming activities for club efforts and lobbying. Presentations included prominent speakers such as Dominic Carter, NY1 Political Anchor and Christopher Rosa, CUNY Dean of Student Affairs. The retreat also offered sessions where students were able to network and socialize with each other.
Day one included a workshop on teamwork conducted by Charmaine Worthy and a workshop on Legislative Campaign Goals conducted by Steve Kleinberg. Students through various activities learned how to work with each other and how to write an effective testimony. The day concluded with a Halloween Bash where many students created their own costumes.
Day two began a workshop about creating, recruiting and retaining students in disabilities club conducted by Jessica Spalter; time management workshop conducted by Regina Varin-Mignano and lobbying activity and game section led by Kevin Tucker. The night concluded with a formal dinner, honors and awards ceremony, and a CCSD “Night in Vegas”.
Day three started with a presentation by Dean Rosa about the history of CCSD and ADA, followed by a presentation by the retreat co-sponsor University State Senate and concluded with an inspirational and encouraging keynote by NY1’s Dominic Carter.
Students walked away empowered and renewed as CUNY activists and advocates for students with disabilities.
The retreat, which was organized by the Executive Board of CCSD in conjunction with CUNY Office of Student Affairs (COSA), was made possible by the Queens College Committee for Disabled Students, CUNY LEADS and the University State Senate.
For more information about the CCSD please visit www.cunycoalition.org
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