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Center for Tolerance and Understanding

About the Center for Tolerance and Understanding

The Bronx Community College Center for Tolerance and Understanding (CTU) was founded in fall 2005 with funding from the Office of the President. The Center’s inaugural forum, “Truth and Reconciliation and the Way Forward” launched CTU’s work at BCC.  Throughout the past years, CTU has sponsored a variety of programs ranging from student/faculty focus group discussions to a permanent exhibition that highlights the diverse backgrounds of the entire BCC community. Our goal is to promote greater tolerance and understanding on campus through our ongoing activities.  Andrew Rowan and Barbara Schaier-Peleg co-direct the Center.   


Our mission is to educate and empower the campus community to participate in an ongoing dialogue that facilitates interpersonal understanding and respects differences.


  1. To enable the College community—students, faculty and staff—to learn about our own stereotypes and biases
  2. To encourage constructive interaction within the BCC community by discussing and seeking resolutions for gender and sexual identity discrimination, racism, ageism, religious and cultural values misperceptions, and insufficient interaction among students and faculty and administration
  3. To create a non-threatening platform to discuss issues of contention on campus
  4. To coordinate outreach through various forums, including discussions, workshops, guest speakers, and films

Advisory Board

Co-Directors: Andrew Rowan and Barbara Schaier-Peleg
Simon Davis, Department of History
Neal Phillip, Department of Chemistry
Sahana Gupta, President’s Office
Gloria Rodriguez, Department of Social Sciences (Psychology)
Eugene Adams, Office of Collaborative Programs
Melissa Kirk, Office of Student Life
Ellen Hoist, Department of Nursing
Handan Hizmetli, Institutional Research

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