March 26, 2019, Metropolitan College of New York will welcome District 6 Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Women as the School for Public Affairs and Administration’s next speaker in its Urban Dialogue series “Empowering Women through Policy AND Politics”. This staple event of the program, hosted by Dean Humphrey Crookendale, will be guest moderated by Dr. Lessie Branch, Associate Dean of the MCNY School for Business, adding a female perspective on Women’s Rights and Social Justice.

Council Member Rosenthal is passionately focused on women’s issues. Topics of discussion will include:
-Female Colleague’s accomplishments through policy
-Importance of women running for public office seats opening up in 2021
-Timely work of the City Council’s Committee on Women, whose core objective is to advance gender equity
-New laws that provide more support and public accountability for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and expectant mothers
-Groundbreaking Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

May 9, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (Rosenthal in red blazer)

Who: Metropolitan College of New York is honored to host District 6 NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal as she conducts an Urban Dialogue.
What: Urban Dialogue is a presentation and discussion on crucial issues affecting urban communities. The Series provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policymakers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.
Where: Metropolitan College of New York, 60 West Street (@Rector Street), NY NY 10006 – 1st Floor Community Commons
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Council Member Rosenthal will speak and take questions from 6 pm to 7:40 pm
Why: Presented by MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration, the goal of the Urban Dialogue series is to foster a better understanding of the public policies that shape the life of New York City and other urban centers.

Free and Open to the public – Please RSVP as space is limited

Press – for additional information on this event, please contact:
Tina Georgiou,, 646-648-0694
David Hahn,

About: Helen Rosenthal represents the Upper West Side in the New York City Council. She is a leading voice on issues of accessibility, gender equity and civic engagement, affordable housing, education equity, and adequate funding for social service providers. Elected to the City Council in 2013, Helen’s vote total in the general election was the highest of any candidate running for City Council in New York City.

As Chair of the Contracts Committee during the 2014-2017 session, Helen successfully fought for increased City investment in nonprofits who provide essential social services to 2.5 million New Yorkers, especially seniors, children, and people with disabilities. Helen successfully advocated for changes to the way the City funds these nonprofits, along with increased wages for 180,000 social service workers.

In 2017, Helen and her colleagues wrote a historic package of new laws which provide greater protections for tenants against harassment and unsafe conditions. These bills make it easier to hold abusive landlords accountable and help tenants protect their homes.

Under Helen’s leadership, the City Council Women’s Caucus released a groundbreaking report August 2017 about the declining number of women in the City Council, how New York compares to other American cities, and the public policy impacts of the lack of gender parity in legislative bodies. Currently, only 11 of the City Council’s 51 seats are held by women.

As Chair of the Committee on Women for the 2018-2021 session, Helen plans to target sexual harassment in the municipal workforce, the gender wage gap, the systemic under-representation of women in elected office, and the lack of adequate support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

In addition to her committee assignments, Helen is also co-chair of the Council’s Manhattan Delegation, and a member of its Budget Negotiating Team (BNT).

About: Metropolitan College of New York
Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  For over 50 years, MCNY has continued the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills with professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community.  MCNY is a non-profit, accredited, private college. Year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY locations are in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455.  For more information on MCNY, visit or call 800.33.THINK.

Extra info on Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act: FAQs about the Act