As a scholar of women’s history and a woman leader, I have spent most of my career learning from the past and advocating for future generations of women. It brings me great personal satisfaction, therefore, that the institution I call HOME will dedicate the Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80 House, home of the College’s new Women’s Leadership Institute and the senior cohort of BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Scholars. Saint Rose is an institution of higher education founded by women for women in 1920. Although we are a coeducational institution today, 67% of our students are female, and we are poised to play a significant role in global efforts to develop women leaders, while encouraging men to work as our allies.
The renovation of this house was made possible by a generous $1.2 million gift by Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok, a 1980 graduate of the College and Saint Rose trustee, and her husband, Walt. Michelle has blazed her own trails as a woman entrepreneur, and she has beautifully described the meaning of her gift by saying, “By providing the ability to interact with other women as mentors, the Women’s Leadership Institute will give our students the confidence to move forward with their passions and help them understand that they can achieve anything that they set their mind to do.”
This spirit of hopefulness was present as we gathered to celebrate the Class of 1969 at our recent HOME.COMING & Family Weekend. Reflecting on the 50 years since their graduation, they recalled how the late 1960s was an era when our nation was grappling with difficult issues. Saint Rose provided an education that enabled them to navigate change, while launching successful lives as women, professionals, and community members.
Today’s students are also passionate about their country, their professional aspirations, and social justice. They are remarkable women and men—from 39 states, and 66 countries. After spending time with them this Fall Semester, I can assure you that they appreciate the education we provide, and are committed to promoting the values of our founders in the world.
The College of Saint Rose has received a $1.1 million federal grant for its Thelma P. Lally School of Education to develop teachers and school psychologists who are highly skilled at working with school-age children with disabilities by viewing their needs through the lens of cultural diversity and mental health.
The U.S. Department of Education informed Saint Rose it received the five-year grant in late September for Project THRIVE (Targeting Healthy Resiliency in Vested Educators). Project THRIVE will work with – and fund the majority of tuition for – 24 master’s degree students in special education or school psychology and provide those students with the latest techniques and information for helping school-age children with high-intensity needs and their families.
The College of Saint Rose has been awarded $299,727 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program. The grant will enable Saint Rose to implement “Project Voices,” a coordinated, campus-wide effort to prevent and respond to sexual assault and domestic violence, using evidence-based strategies.
The funding for Saint Rose will assist in disseminating and delivering culturally relevant and accessible prevention programming and messaging and will improve the coordination of response services to all students, with particular outreach to international students, veteran students, students with disabilities, students of color, and students who identify as LGBTQ.
An armchair conversation between Saint Rose Trustee Hai Ling ’93, who is co-president of Asia Pacific at Mastercard, and The College of Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco will serve as the 2019 Peter M. Tully Lecture on October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Ling’s role reflects the growing importance of Asia Pacific and Mastercard’s more-focused approach to the region’s two biggest markets, China and India. Prior to assuming this role, Ling served as group executive of enterprise development, international markets for Mastercard. He joined Mastercard in 2010 as division president of greater China and has over 22 years of industry experience, including in financial services and consulting, across a number of markets. Ling received a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Rose in 1993.