Division of Student Development

Division of Student Development

Mission

The mission of the Division of Student Development is to integrate, engage, involve, and validate students at York College. By operating and implementing effective programs and services, we enable and empower students to become self-actualized, passionate, and engaged learners in a global society.

Goals

Assess the quality of programs, services, and activities to improve the student experience.
Implement services that support the personal development, health, safety, and wellness of York College students.
Offer programs that enhance student persistence, retention, and graduation rates.
Promote a student-centered environment that focuses on inclusion, equity, and respect.
Provide support services that assist students in achieving their personal and professional goals.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is committed to providing a broad range of high quality, innovative, and ethical services that address the psychological, educational, social, and developmental needs of York students. The Counseling Center is located in room 1G03.

Psychological Counseling Services

York College offers free, short-term, individual psychological counseling to students having difficulty coping with personal and/or academic concerns. Students who have need for additional services will be referred to on and off campus offices after being assessed by a counselor. Resource tables providing information and guides for additional resources are available.

Academic Performance: Grades and Probation

Students having difficulty with classes are encouraged to see a counselor in the Counseling Center. Students on academic probation MUST attend a probation advising session at the Counseling Center to register for classes. Counselors are authorized to lift academic blocks to allow students to register after they attend a probation advising session at the Counseling Center to address the issues that led to being placed on probation.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention Counseling

Our trained staff can answer your questions about substance use, arrange for accurate referrals, and provide resources on substance abuse and recovery. If you, or anyone that you know, has a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, please stop in to see us. We are here to help.

Graduate School

A Graduate School Fair is hosted at York College during each Fall semester.

If you need help in choosing a graduate school to further your education, visit the office to set up an appointment to see a counselor.

Veterans Affairs

The Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) was created within the Division of Student Development to address the needs of our student veterans. As a full-service veterans office, the counselor addresses special concerns, such as benefits eligibility requirements, tutorial assistance, and academic credit for military experience. Other services available include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing of the educational benefit application.
  • Processing the change of program application and/or place of training.
  • Processing the application for survivors and dependents.
  • Certifying enrollment for all veterans.

Students who are eligible for veterans' benefits should consider the following when planning their class schedule for the Fall and Spring semesters:

  • To qualify for full-time benefits you must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits.
  • To qualify for 3/4 time benefits, you must enroll for a minimum of 9 credits.
  • For Matriculating Veterans (who have completed 12 credits at York College).
  • 8 free elective credits will be granted for one year or more of active military service.
  • 4 free elective credits will be granted for less than one year but more than six months of active military service. To qualify for 1/2 time benefits, you must enroll for a minimum of 6 credits. For Matriculating Veterans (who have completed 12 credits at York College):
  • 8 free elective credits will be granted for one year or more of active military service.
  • 4 free elective credits will be granted for less than one year but more than six months of active military service.

Please Note: The Office for Veterans Affairs at York College is responsible to inform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs when a veteran has been dismissed from college for poor academic performance and/or for not making satisfactory academic progress. The OVA at York serves as a liaison between the student and Regional Offices in Buffalo and New York City.

A veterans' manager is available full-time and is located in Room 2D07.

Career Services

The goal of Career Services is to be in line with York College's mission to help students become fully marketable upon graduation. Career Services assists students by offering tools that help them with making decisions on choosing a major, preparing for internships, jobs opportunities and developing the soft skills necessary to become successful in their chosen future careers. Through our partnerships with employers and academic faculty and programs, students are offered the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to thrive in today's ever changing global market.

The professional staff is available to help individuals increase self-understanding of their abilities, interests, values and goals. In addition, students are taught how to research careers and to develop the skills necessary to launch an effective job search.

York College Child and Family Center

94-12 160th Street
Jamaica, NY 11451
Tel: 718-262-2930
yccfc@york.cuny.edu

The York College Child and Family Center provides high quality child care and early education program for children of York College student parents. The center is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Located in a new 10,000 square foot building on the former St. Monica's, Catholic Church site, the center has seven classrooms, food service kitchen, two administrative offices, indoor multipurpose room and a large on - site secure playground. The program has been designed to meet the needs of student/ parents by providing affordable, part time and full - time flexible child care. The fees are very affordable and the Center also offers subsidy based on income eligibility.

Our current child care services are Infants - Preschool- 6 months - 4 years old. We are also working to implement a School age program and Summer Camp in the near future, for children ages 5-10 years old.

  • Flexible Scheduling: is offered to student parents using their class schedules as a basis for their child's enrollment. With flexible scheduling student parents only register their child/ children for the days and hours they need for class, work study, fieldwork or for studying.
  • Qualified and Experienced Early Childhood Staff: The Center's staff consist of a Certified Director, who has been in the field for 36 years, Master level Certified Head Teachers, Teacher Assistants and support staff, such as an Enrollment and Compliance Manager and Curriculum Coordinator. The Center offers developmentally appropriate early childhood programming in a nurturing and culturally diverse environment. Teachers facilitate hands-on, learning through play activities, that stimulate the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each unique child.
  • A Resource for the College Community: The Child and Family Center is an integral part of the academic community by serving as a work study, fieldwork and observation site for interns from various academic departments.

Further Information:

  • Enrollment in the center is available for children of York College students, faculty and staff.
  • We also serve the community through our Department of Education programs such as 3k and UPK.
  • Children are registered in accordance to parents' class schedule. The center does not provide drop-in or babysitting services.
  • Enrollment is limited and based on a first come first served basis.
  • The center follows the York College calendar during the spring and fall semesters and operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Health Service Center

The Student Health Service Center provides programs and services to educate students about the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle to maintain or enhance a high qualityof life. Additionally, the health service center provides first aid treatment, mental health referrals, guidance on nutrition and, family planning referrals.

The Student Health Service Center is also responsible for ensuring that all students are fullyimmunized. Students are required to show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and a signed response form for meningitis status. Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is approved by the health center. All vaccination documentations are maintained electronically. Physical examinations are important to developing a baseline health status, therefore, proof of a current physical examination is requested annually.

Any accidents occurring on campus must be reported to the Student Health Service Center and/ or the Public Safety Office immediately.

The Student Health Services Center is located in the Academic Core Building, Room 1F01. The telephone number is (718) 262-2050. We can also be reached via email at StudHealthSvcCtr@york.cuny.edu.

Radio Station

The York College Radio Station was created within the Division of Student Development to give students a recreational and academic resource that fosters interest in broadcast production and communications technology. It provides hands-on experience for our students. YC Radio streams online. The station can be accessed through the York College website and/or directly through www.ycradio.org. The York College Radio Station is located in Room 1G06. Telephone: (718) 262-5293.

Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box is York College's award-winning and nationally recognized collegiate newspaper that keeps the campus up-to-date on current issues and events. It is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable journalistic experience. Pandora's Box is located in Room 2C13. Telephone: (718) 262-2529.

The Women's Center for Gender Justice

Mission

We provide supportive services for the growth and development of all students as they pursue academic and life-long goals. While gender inequality affects everyone, it is women and girls who face the most discrimination as a result of gender inequality. To combat this inequality, we provide resources and support for women to empower themselves and others. In order to be truly inclusive, our services are available to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, class, sexual orientation, religion or (dis)ability. To achieve our goals, we provide programs and opportunities designed to contribute to the growth and well-being of all York College students.

Our Goals are:

  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Education and Awareness
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
  • Provide Internal/ External Resources and Referrals to Students
  • Provide Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities

To meet these goals, we offer a full calendar of activities. Our priorities include:Women's Rights and Gender Equity, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Education, Promoting Healthy Relationships and Reproductive Education, Women's Leadership and Mentoring, and Advice and Advocacy

All Students Are Embraced and Welcomed!

We are located in the Academic Core Building in room 3C01 and can be reached at 718-262-2008.

Male Initiative Program/Men's Center

The purpose of the York Male Initiative Program and Men's Center is to provide a system of support, through various resources, that contribute to the improvement of enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented populations, and particularly male students. The Center has two primary goals: first, to support the College's recruitment efforts from various areas in the community; and second, to provide services that support students' persistence to graduation. The cornerstone of the program is our Mentoring Program, in which students have the opportunity to interact with other role models including our faculty and staff.

The programs of the York College Male Initiative Program/ Men's Center are:

  • Pi Eta Kappa - an academic fraternity and honor society.
  • Back-On-Track - a teacher development program that provides SAT assistance to high school students.
  • The Barbershop - a forum for young men to discuss hot topics, and issues that impact the campus and the greater community.
  • Route to Success - a collaboration with various community partners that attempts to disrupt the pipeline-to-prison cycle among under-represented populations.

The Men's Center is located in Room 3M02. Telephone: 718-262-3772.

York College Association

The York College Association, a state chartered corporation with a board of directors comprised of students, faculty and administrators, was formed to provide support for college-related events and programs that cannot be funded by the tax levy budget of the College. It is the policy of the Association to consider funding activities and programs that are of broad general interest and benefit to the student body as a whole. Any organization which is primarily social in nature or has a restricted membership is not eligible for financial support from the Association.

The Association is responsible for allocating a portion of the General Fee paid by each student at registration.