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Letter to the Editor: Hunter's Science Center
Jennifer J. Raab | New York Times | July 3, 2006

To the Editor:

Re "Small Schools Show Concern Over Proposal to Swap Land" (news article, June 28):

Hunter College has long been a haven for talented and ambitious science students, particularly women and members of minorities, who make up, respectively, 74 percent and 59 percent of our science program. But our current science facility, the oldest in the City University of New York system, is hindering our ability to stay competitive in the 21st century.

Hunter's plan for a new science and health center at the site of the Julia Richman Education Complex near our Upper East Side campus would give Hunter nursing, science and health students the lab and classroom facilities they need to further their scientific endeavors.

At the same time, those students currently learning in the 80-year-old building, which was retrofitted to include several small schools, would relocate to a brand new state-of-the-art building. In a city where nothing is easy, this is a win-win that makes sense for everyone.

Jennifer J. Raab
President, Hunter College
New York, June 29, 2006

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