Support Services for Students

Listed below are some of the most important support services available to our students. Please feel free to direct your students to them and to follow up yourselves for more information. What follows are brief descriptions with contact information (in alphabetical order) for:

  • Baruch College Honors Program and Macaulay Honors College at Baruch
  • The Baruch College Ombuds
  • Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
  • The Campus Intervention Team (CIT)
  • Counseling Center 
  • Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising
  • Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation
  • SACC – Student Academic Consulting Center – the College’s tutoring center
  • The Starr Career Development Center 
  • Student Disability Services (SDS)
  • Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS)
  • William & Anita Newman Library
  • The Writing Center

Baruch College Honors Program and Macaulay Honors College at Baruch   (137 East 25th St., Suite 306; 646 312-2122)

In addition to serving approximately 300 Macaulay Honors College students at Baruch, the Honors Program invites students to join Honors once at Baruch through the general education-focused Provost Scholar program or the research-based Inquiry Scholar program. Honors courses encompass Macaulay Honors courses and Honors sections of regular courses. More information can be found on the Honors webpage or by mailing To learn more about teaching in Honors or reviewing Honors applications, contact Dr. Jody Clark Vaisman, director (, or 646 312-2122.

The Baruch College Ombuds   (NVC 8-283 Ombuds: 646-312-3815; NVC 7-263 Assistant to the Ombuds: 646-312-3974)
The Ombuds office offers a confidential, neutral, and independent resource for faculty, staff, and students within the Baruch College community to voice concerns about conflicts that arise between members of the College. The Ombuds does not share information concerning any case unless permission is given by the person who brings the concern to the office. The Ombuds does not maintain permanent records of individual cases. While the Ombuds provides support to those who bring conflicts to their attention, the Ombuds has no power to create or change Baruch College policy or rules. The Baruch College Ombudspersons are Prof. Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ombuds, and Glenda Hydler, Assistant to the Ombuds

Please feel free to contact the individuals cited above (or me) if you have questions.

Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute  (137 East 25th St., Room 315A; 646-312-2068)
To support communication-intensive teaching, courses, and curricula, the Schwartz Institute works directly with faculty—in engagements ranging from semester-long seminars to one-on-one consultations to course-wide interventions. Our faculty partnerships also often include supplemental support for students to practice and develop the course-embedded communication skills they’re learning in your class. Thus, unlike some of the foregoing units, the Institute is not a stand-alone destination for the general student body, but we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you! You can learn more about our work at or be in touch with the acting director, Dr. Meechal Hoffman, who can be reached at

The Campus Intervention Team (CIT) works together as a support system to provide assistance to students in crisis. Any member of the college community (faculty, students, staff) can reach out to the CIT to report a concern about a student. The CIT is constituted to assist in providing support for students in crisis. (Faculty or staff concerns should be reported to the Office of the Provost or to Human Resources, respectively.) Concerned faculty, staff or students may fill out an Incident Communication Form if they have noticed student behavior which is perceived to be harmful to the student him/herself or to others, including: Unusual or erratic behavior in class; Extended absence from class by a typically engaged student; Written work with troubling themes or references; Verbal or written threats made by a student toward another student; Written or verbal expressions of suicidal ideation; Messages on social media with concerning language; Other actions which cause an alarm or call into question the safety of the student or his/her peers. All reports are confidential and will be handled by members of the CIT. To alert the CIT to a concern, complete and submit the Incident Communication Form. A member of the team will receive and review your submission. Please note that you may be contacted for follow-up information. Members of the CIT may be emailed at or call us at 646-312-4570.

Counseling Center  (137 E. 25th Street, 9th floor; 646-312-2155)

Through culturally sensitive counseling, psychological services, and outreach, the Counseling Center assists students in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals. Counselors work collaboratively with students to improve their emotional well-being, balance priorities, enhance interpersonal relationships, and empower them with useful coping skills to attain success in and out of the classroom. Counseling services to students include intake assessments during first visits, short-term individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment, emergency and crisis intervention, outreach, psychological testing, internal and external referrals to other services, and consultations for faculty, staff and alumni. Students interested in individual and/or group therapy at the Counseling Center can make an initial appointment by calling 646-312-2155, emailing or making an online appointment For more information, please contact Dr. Teresa Hurst, the director of the Counseling Center, at

Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising   (137 East 25th St., Room 1027A; 646-312-2126)

Baruch’s Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising provides assistance to all Baruch undergraduate and graduate students in developing their potential as candidates for nationally competitive fellowships. Nationally competitive fellowships provide funding opportunities to help students realize their goals. There are fellowships to fund study abroad; to fund professional development opportunities; to gain research experience; to fund graduate school; and to work for the good of their community. More information is available at, or by contacting the Fellowships advisor, Valeria Hymas (

Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation   (NVC 5-215; 646-312-4260)

The Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation provides comprehensive academic advisement to all Baruch undergraduates. The advisement staff promotes student-centered partnerships that encourage and support students both in their academic success and in meeting academic and personal goals. We are dedicated to helping students transition into college and navigate their academic careers. Our many programs include: early intervention programs for first-year transfers and freshmen, new student advisement sessions, academic probation workshops, and one-on-one advisement sessions. Our advisement activities include: walk-in advisement, student peer advisement, worksheet appointments, and e-advisement. We sponsor events and programs, such as the Majors/Minors Fair. We encourage and support students with information and strategies for utilizing the resources and services available at the college. The director of the Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation is Sharon Ricks. For more information, call 646-312-4260, or send an email to We also encourage you to visit our website at

​SACC – Student Academic Consulting Center – the College’s tutoring center   (NVC 2-116; 646-312-4830)

SACC supports the academic success of undergraduates at Baruch College through small group peer tutoring and other programs, serving students in a wide variety of subjects across the curriculum. The Center’s primary mission is to help students succeed during their college years and beyond by helping them develop as active, independent learners who possess the knowledge and skills necessary for both academic and workplace success. SACC also coordinates the summer and winter math immersion programs.  For more information, please visit the SACC website or contact Michele Doney, SACC’s director, at


The Starr Career Development Center  (NVC 2-150, 646-312-4670)

The Starr Career Development Center (Starr) helps provide the services, resources, networks, information and opportunities students need to choose their major and launch successful careers. From day one, Starr supports students with online tutorials, career counseling, resume reviews, mock interviews, employment expos and fairs, and roughly 1,000 new jobs posted monthly. Starr offers approximately 300 workshops, information sessions and programs each year that facilitate students’ professional development and nurtures their knowledge of companies and industries. To access all workshops, appointments, job fairs, and internship/job opportunities, students can log on to Starr Search, the online career management portal, located on our website at Search houses a free video mock interview module and online portals such as FOCUS 2 where students can take free vocational assessments, VAULT where students can research companies and career paths, and GoinGlobal where students can learn about international job/internship opportunities. In addition, Starr runs a variety of award winning professional development programs such as Peers for Careers, Rising Starr Sophomore Program (RSSP), Passport to Partnership Program (P2P) for Accounting Sophomores/Juniors, Financial Leadership Program (FLP), and the Max Berger Pre-Law Program.  For more information, please contact Dr. Ellen Stein, Director of the Starr Career Development Center

Student Disability Services (SDS)   (NVC 2-272; 646/312-4590)

SDS is committed to providing full access for individuals with disabilities to Baruch’s programs, services, and activities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments of 2008. By advocating for and creating an accessible environment for students with disabilities, Baruch empowers students to become their own advocates. Once students have self-identified, applied for services, and provided documentation of their disability, our staff works to determine eligibility for academic adjustments and accommodations. Accommodations include but are not limited to: extended time for exams, less distractive testing environment, material in alternate format, assistive technology, notetaking services, sign language interpreters, and text/writing/reading software. Through our CUNY LEADS program we provide career counseling, resume assistance, interview skills workshops, and access to internships. Please refer students to Student Disability Services or call our office for assistance: 646/312-4590. The Director is Patricia Clarke Fleming, LMHC, CRC.


Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS)   (17 Lex., Suite 1207; 646-660-6433)

The Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS) program improves the pronunciation, fluency, and pragmatic abilities of English language learners (ELLs) and non-native English speakers at Baruch College. Our participants achieve more effective and intelligible communication, developing skills that empower them to succeed in their classrooms, careers, and beyond. TfCS offers a range of in-person services with our professional Speech Consultants, including One-to-One Sessions, small-group Focused Skills Series sessions, large-group Overview Workshops, and a weekly Conversation Hour. In addition, participants can find extensive practice materials on our online platform Tools To-Goand through our program podcast, Just to Be Clear. Visit the TfCS website at for more information or The TfCS director is Dennis (DJ) Dolack.

William & Anita Newman Library   (Newman Library Building, 2nd floor; 646-312-1610)

Newman Library provides a wide range of information resources and services for students with strong emphasis on assisting students individually and in groups with finding, using, and evaluating information for specific purposes. Library faculty members are available for scheduled consultations with students, creating guides for specific assignments and course topics, and offering drop-in assistance at the Reference Desk. As information literacy and subject specialists, Library faculty can provide in-class presentations for courses. The contact for these presentations is available by calling 646-312-1621 or by completing a form on the Library’s website at Other services such as Reserves for course materials, laptop loans, and other forms of technology are also available.


The Writing Center   (NVC 8-185 and Newman Library; 646-312-4012)
The Writing Center offers free, professional writing support to all Baruch undergraduate and graduate students through one-to-one consultations, workshops, peer review groups, written feedback, online resources, and a journal of outstanding student writing. We support faculty through classroom visits and in-class workshops, and we’re always available for conversations about teaching and writing. For more information, visit or email the director, Dr. Diana Hamilton, at

Dennis Slavin

Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President

Baruch College, CUNY

646-660-6504 (phone); 646-660-6531 (fax)