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‘New Normal’ Documentary Featured at ACCA National Conference

Paul Schwartz at ACCA National Conference

Paul Schwartz, LCSW, MA, of New York City College of Technology’s Counseling Services Center, and wife, Joni Schwartz, EdD, an assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College, presented a documentary they produced, A New Normal: Young Men of Color, Trauma, and Engagement in Learning, at the American College Counselors Association (ACCA) National Conference held in Orlando, Florida in October 2012. “The documentary was extremely well-received,” said Paul Schwartz, “earned the highest ratings, and, according to many ACCA participants, should have been a Keynote presentation.”

Following the premier screening of the documentary at City Tech in February 2012, it was screened for various audiences in a number of venues, including the New York City Department of Probation Leadership Team, CUNY Black Male Initiative Coordinators Meeting, Medgar Evers College and LaGuardia Community College. At each of these events, young men featured in the documentary helped lead a follow-up discussion with the audiences. The documentary was also featured on CUNY TV's "Study With the Best" and can be viewed at

The City Tech Committee on Students will be hosting a repeat screening event on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Atrium Amphitheater, followed by discussion and a reception. Admission is free and open to the entire college community and general public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the event will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.


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