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College of New Rochelle Dedicates Expanded Harlem Campus on Rosa Parks Anniversary

November 29, 2018
L to R: Athena Moore, Director of the Northern Manhattan Office for the Manhattan Borough President; Former NYS Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Special Advisor for Policy and Community Affairs; Inez E. Dickens, Assemblywoman for Assembly District 70 for New York State, College of New Rochelle President William Latimer, College of New Rochelle Board Chair Gwen Adolph; Father Gregory Chisholm, SJ, Pastor of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo/Chapel of the Resurrection and Father Joseph Flynn.

On the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ courageous stand for civil rights, The College of New Rochelle celebrated the expansion of its Rosa Parks Campus as part of its continuing commitment to the Harlem community and its mission to bring higher education to the underserved.

During a ribbon cutting ceremony at the campus’ new location at 313 W. 125th Street, college officials and local dignitaries celebrated the new architecturally and technologically advanced campus and announced the expansion of educational offerings. For the first time, the College will offer nursing degree programs at the Harlem Campus through its School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions. It will also continue to offer its signature adult learner degree program through its School of New Resources.

The new 21,000 square-foot building, just one block from the Apollo Theater, occupies four floors with classrooms, a library and Learning Commons, computer lab and offices. Approximately 300 students are enrolled at the campus.

“Today marks another important milestone in The College of New Rochelle’s long history in Harlem that has seen thousands of women and men from this community earn their college degrees,’’ said College of New Rochelle President William Latimer. “There is no doubt that education has the power to change lives, families, and whole communities. And we are honored to have the opportunity to further strengthen and enrich this vibrant Harlem community through the new, expanded Rosa Parks Campus.”

Latimer added, “Rosa Parks was a Civil Rights icon whose simple act of civil disobedience demonstrated to the world how the actions of one person can change the course of history. As a College Community, we are so proud to celebrate this true heroine and this wonderful new campus that bears her name.”

Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Special Advisor for Policy and Community Affairs, who attended on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo, said, "Governor Cuomo applauds The College of New Rochelle for its continuing, steadfast dedication to Harlem. For nearly 40 years, CNR has been part of this vibrant and evolving community, providing leadership and opportunity for the thousands who have earned their degrees there. Now, with the re-dedication and expansion of its Rosa Parks Campus, CNR reaffirms its mission of meeting the needs of society through education and service."

Rosa Parks, who helped energize the Civil Rights Movement when she refused to give up her seat on the bus on December 1, 1955, helped dedicate the Harlem campus when it was named for her in 1987. Parks died in 2005.

The addition of nursing degree programs at the Rosa Parks Campus was a long-awaited, added benefit to Harlem area residents. The College’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions offers a rigorous academic program specializing in extensive professional preparation and a compassionate approach to patient care that is inspired by CNR's Ursuline heritage.  Recognized and celebrated as “CNR Nurses," graduates are leaders in the field who are distinguished by the depth and breadth of their knowledge, skill, and compassion.  

For nearly 40 years, CNR has provided convenient access to higher education to adults in Harlem through its School of New Resources. Since that time, more than 5,000 women and men have earned their college degrees through the Rosa Parks Campus.

When the College opened its Harlem location in 1981 as a campus extension, it was the only four-year college located in Harlem. In 1987, the College received approval from New York State to establish the Harlem extension as a campus and classes moved into one floor of the new Studio Museum on 125th Street. On September 15, 1987, the campus was officially named in honor Rosa Parks, who attended the dedication ceremony. In January 2018, the campus moved to its new location after outgrowing its space at the Studio Museum.