Don’t Miss Your Caiman Clues — Your Hostos Helping Hand to Success 


Take advantage of all the College has to offer, like meeting with your advisors, career coaches and transfer services, or even getting free work attire all to help you succeed in your classes and beyond! 

Families United in Education – This Hostos program provides book vouchers, monthly MetroCards, free admission to cultural outings, and more. Eligibility criteria: enrollment at Hostos, good academic standing (GPA 2.7+), and be part of a family unit. The deadline is March 31. For more information, contact Christeen Francis (D-101M) at 718-518-4474. 
Spring 2023 Advisement This week we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Success Coach or Academic Advisor via your Succeed@Hostos account (tutorial video). Don’t forget, Advisement Week will take place March 27th – 31. See the full schedule here. 
Academic Success – Meet with librarians and tutors from HALC and the Writing Center as you prepare for midterms and finals. Utilizing these resources will allow you to continue with your class progress, maintain your academic standing, and improve your class outcomes.  
Walk the Runway Event Come walk the red carpet and get free work attire (while supplies last) on Thursday, March 23, at the A-Atrium (near bridge). Stop by anytime between 1 – 3 p.m. Get tips on how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of time at the Career Expo taking place on March 31. 


Welcome to week 8. There are lots of important dates and events ahead. Prepare for advisement week and join your fellow classmates in a few story telling events. Plus, don’t forget to schedule a little self-care time and learn tips and tools to navigate your busy life!

Advisement Week | March 27 - 31 – Beginning the week of March 27, you will be able to meet with advisors, coaches, and career advisors to discuss your advisement, registration, transferring, and career goals! Find the full schedule here.

Celebrate Women’s History Month – You’re invited to attend “Telling Our Stories,” a student panel reflecting on topics, themes and lived experiences related to women’s and gender studies, taking place on March 16 at 2 p.m. in B-501. Also, enjoy “Afro Latina women in Letters and Music,” featuring poetry readings alongside musical and dance performances by the all-women ensemble Retumba on March 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.  

Food Stories – Join an engaging storytelling salon focused on recipes and food on Wednesday, March 15 from 4-5 p.m. in the HALC Conference Room and on Zoom (register here for Zoom session).

Time Management & Self Care Tips – Want to learn how to better navigate a busy schedule? Join the HALC (C-596) in person or via Zoom on Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. 


Remember Hostos is always here for you with a wide variety of programs to help you succeed. It’s not too early to start planning for the summer with the HOPE Program or a summer internship. Let’s celebrate all your hard work as students. The Student Symposium will give you the chance to show off what you’ve learned in your field here at Hostos, check out the link below to sign up! 
HOPE Program: Are you looking to take classes during the summer and seeking a high-quality academic summer program for your child or children? This program provides an on-campus college experience with wraparound support. Check out our program requirements, click “Apply Now!,”and complete your application today. The priority deadline is March 1 and the final one is on March 15. 

Paid Summer Internships: Internships are not just a way to earn some money or credits, but a crucial step to launch your career and achieve your goals. Consider applying for a paid internship. Please visit Career Services if you need assistance in preparing a resume or completing an application. Visit the HIRECAIMANS career link powered by Symplicity!  

Added Tutoring Hours: The HALC has added Friday hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to help you with midterms.  Request an appointment by clicking here.   

The Inaugural Hostos Student Symposium, The Office of Academic Affairs with the support of Ms. MacKenzie Scott’s Gift: President’s Initiatives, will take place on Tuesday, April 18th. Students are encouraged to submit applications. Deadline March 15th, 2023. Please click here to apply. 

Majors Fair: Today and tomorrow!  Join us in person Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. in the Gym or online on Thursday 4:30-7 p.m. using this link. (passcode: 548669) 


There is plenty going on this week! Learn how to manage stress, connect with resources to help you with your career goals, and expand your research and technological skills. Keep the dates below in mind to make sure you are using all the tools available to succeed here at Hostos.  

Managing Test Anxiety Workshop: This Thursday, March 2, 12:30 p.m.  Join here with Passcode: CSTEP. If you are on campus, this event will be live streamed from the HALC, Room C-596-B. 

Join us for our Annual Majors Fair on March 8 and March 9: Speak with faculty members and academic advisors to learn more about academic and career options at Hostos and successfully navigate your majors to make informed career choices. On-campus date: March 8, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual date: March 9, 2023 from 5-7 p.m.  Click here for more information. 

Career Preparation: Connect with Career Services for the upcoming “Career Expo” in March. Visit the office at D –210 to answer your job/internship questions and needs. There will be two workshops this week: Resume Writing on Thursday, March 2 at 3 p.m. (Register), and Interview and Job Readiness on Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m. (Register).  

CSTEP Projecto Access: Research, mentoring, and conference attendance opportunity for STEM college students who are enrolled full-time with a GPA of 2.7 and above. Additional benefits include a semester stipend, research workshops and a faculty mentor. Apply here. 


This week, there are plenty of fun activities from dancing, crocheting to storytelling, but don’t forget to plan for your future!  Learn about the upcoming majors fair, applying for graduation and how to prepare for the workforce during the semester recess.   

Save the Date! Majors Fair on March 8 and March 9 – Speak with faculty members and academic advisors to learn more about academic and career options at Hostos and successfully navigate your majors to make informed career choices. On-campus date: March 8, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual date: March 9, 2023 from 5-7 p.m.   

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 GraduatesAre you excited to attend the 2023 Commencement Ceremony? Apply for Graduation to receive your Hostos Diploma (If the link is not visible in your student account, e-mail Make sure to sign-up to receive Graduation 2023 Updates and order your cap and gown.     

On-Campus ActivitiesCrotchet your cares away on Thursdays 3  – 4 p.m. at the A-Atrium table. The Lorenz Dance Studio hosts a Salsa class from 2 – 3 p.m., Dance studio (C-152) every Wednesday. You can also tell your story during the Engaged Storytelling Salon: "Home is Where the Story is" on Feb 22nd [register] 4 - 5 p.m. 

CUNY Career LaunchCollaborate with other CUNY students, gain leadership skills, and add valuable experience to your resume! Summer internship opportunities for college students in the field of social change, community improvement, government, and grassroots organizing. Deadline to apply is February 28 for community vendors and March 13 for College and Career Bridge program.  


Mingle with staff and peers to connect and build relationships as you learn about the many ways in which they can help you succeed! Don’t forget the College is closed on President’s Day, Monday Feb 20th 

Academic Resource Fair!  The Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC) is hosting an Academic Resources Fair to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the different support services available to them. Wednesday, February 15th , 12 – 2 p.m., C-596.  

Hostos Alumni Mixer – A conversation with Black Studies Alumni moderated by Professor Flores. They will be discussing academic trajectories and careers on Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 p.m. in B-501. 

Math Study Groups: Look for peer leaders in your math classes (M100SI, M150SI).  Peer leaders organize study groups every week to help you better your grade. Don’t be shy and join a session! They are the perfect way to get to know your classmates and work with them on challenging topics. 

Chat with a Career Coach! Wednesday, February 15th, 1 – 4 p.m., A-Atrium (by the big piano). The event is sponsored by Career Services. 

Transfer Talk: Learn the process of transferring to senior colleges. Transfer Application Workshop sessions are offered every Tuesday, 12 - 1 p.m. in C-512. Get your transfer questions answered on Thursdays from 11:30-1 p.m. in the A-Atrium.  


This week, we are participating in practicing a growth mindset and engaging with our campus community activities. Learn to tell your stories, run for student government, and understand how tutoring can help you academically. We also have some tips to make you a more efficient, engaged student.  
Student Government Association (SGA) Open Positions Applications - SGA Senators are the voice of the student body and serve on important college committees. To apply, email Office of Student Activities Director Jerry Rosa at with the subject "SGA Application."  
Stay engaged with your classes - Avoid the W/N grade (Withdrawn, Never Attended) in the first three weeks of class by making sure you attend. Your Professor(s) keep track of in-person and online attendance.  Attend class, access your class Blackboard course link frequently, and email the Instructor/Professor (S@H or webmail directory), so you can communicate your tardiness or absence along with a reasonable explanation.    
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We hope you had a fantastic first week! Let’s get you familiar with the campus, Hostos resources, and much, much more! The beginning of the semester is the perfect time to learn about how to find what you need to navigate Hostos’ campus and website with ease. 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

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Welcome to the Spring 2023 semester at Hostos! As you get into the swing of things, make sure to utilize all the resources available to you — like the Caiman Clues, your helping hand to success!  
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Class Registration and Change of Program – Classes began today, January 25. Late registration will result in a fee of $25 and any changes made to your class schedule will result in an $18 fee.  
  • Student Technology Workshops – The Educational Technology Office offers technology workshops. You can check out the weekly calendar and register here. Additionally, the “Are You Ready?” Virtual class takes 30 minutes to complete, and the Microsoft Office self-paced online trainings are on Blackboard. Each app offers information, videos, and quizzes that need to be completed to see additional topics. Enroll in the Student Technology Trainings course, then follow the directions provided.  
  • Hostos Café Reopening – The Hostos Café will once again be open for our community to enjoy meals together on campus. The café hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Thursday, January 26.  
  • Club Registration for Spring 2023 – Registration for Hostos Clubs and Activities begins Wednesday, Jan 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., online. To request a form to certify your club, contact Jerry Rosa, Director of Student Activities, at  

Keep track of the academic calendar here. You will find a lot of important upcoming deadlines for the spring 2023 semester.  
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The Caiman Clues team hopes you’ve had a reinvigorating winter break! We are excited to welcome you to a new semester here at Hostos Community College. Every Wednesday, Caiman Clues will send out tips, updates, and reminders to help you navigate the College experience and become aware of all the resources available to you to help you have a strong semester. 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 
  • Get the Dates – The Spring 2023 semester begins on January 25. Check out the semester's academic calendar and make note of registration deadlines, term tuition adjustments grades/rates, and CUNY’s holiday schedule. 
  • Campus Health & Wellness – COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and MMR Compliance deadline was January 16. Make sure to upload documentation to CUNYfirst. Also, review CUNYfirst to confirm your class enrollment. 
  • Degreeworks and Succeed@Hostos – Join a hands-on workshop to improve your familiarity and knowledge of Degreeworks and Succeed@Hostos. You’ll learn to track your program of study and stay connected with advisors and faculty. College advisors will show you how to find and select courses, look at your grades and financial aid package, and so much more. The next event is on January 18 at 5 p.m. Register here. 
  • Paying for College – Get pointers on paying for college, including information on scholarships and loans. Join us for financial aid workshops on Thursday January 19 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Register here for the 1p.m. session. Register here for the 5 p.m. session. 
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