CNR President Judith Huntington urged the residents of New Rochelle to visit the campus and meet students, in a TV interview with the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.
"I hear so many times, 'You know, I didn't know the College was there,'" Huntington said during the chat with Ina Aronow on "City People and Issues," which aired Monday, September 16, on New Rochelle public access television. "It really is beautiful," she said, and with populated with students who are "so incredibly hardworking."
"We do want to know more about the College and its mission and its role in our city," said Aronow, and Huntington obliged by tracing the history of the school.
"Our mission is probably very similar to yours," Huntington said, "It begins with educating and empowering women." She pointed out that women remain underrepresented in many fields, and are still underpaid. "So educating women, exclusively women, through the lens of women, and reflecting on the role that women have played in history and emphasizing their contribution is still very important."
That emphasis in the School of Arts & Sciences, Huntington added, also distinguishes CNR from the 22 colleges in the Hudson Valley. But she took care to point out that The College of New Rochelle has expanded over the past century with three more schools, all co-educational, and five campuses in New York City, all with an eye toward bringing education to areas that have been overlooked.
Huntington said that CNR remains a Catholic college but that it is expressed differently than it was more than a hundred years ago. Most CNR students are not Catholic, and all faiths are welcome, Huntington said, "but service is still a very important part of their experience. It all is inspired from the Ursulines."
The president also expounded on the ways the College has partnered with the city of New Rochelle -- sponsoring a Thanksgiving parade float and fireworks, providing student nurses and teachers for United Hebrew and local school districts. Huntington pointed out that residents are welcome to the library, Castle Gallery, Wellness Center, productions in the theater, and the Starbucks on campus.