*New: Small Group Workshops
Original Release May 2015
Supported by Title V and in collaboration with the Writing Center, a small group tutorial intervention pilot has been launched to assist students who
Faculty Voices – Opportunity To Engage In A National Dialogue
Faculty Focus Groups On September 17
On Thursday, September 17, 2015 faculty from across the disciplines will share their insights and perceptions of
Choiceworks Dialogues Facilitator Workshop
Free Training September 18, 2015
On Friday, September 18, 20 teaching faculty be trained in the Choiceworks Dialogues framework which provides participants with new
Meet the “NEW” Hostos QR Fellows
By Devora Geller, Scott Fisher, Gowun Park
Greetings from the Quantitative Reasoning Fellows! We are settling in to life at Hostos, and are excited to work with faculty and staff
Save the date
Save the date for May 13, 2016. The coordinated undergraduate education initiative annual conference will be hosted on campus. The theme for this year is Walk the Talk: Inspiring Action on the
Centro Peruano PEN Internacional
Awarded to Isaac Goldemberg
Pen Club of Peru Award
“I am particularly happy to have been chosen for this award by the PEN Club of Peru and wish to share it with our College’s
An Influential Bronx Woman
Awarded to Cynthia Jones
Share Her Story and Her Gratitute
As Thanksgiving approaches, I am full of gratitude about the 2014 – 2015 academic year, which brought much professional joy
My Transformative Educational Experience
by Kris Burrell
NEH Summer Seminar
This past June I was fortunate to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar titled, “Rethinking the Black Freedom
Impact of Mobile Devices on Student Learning in Anatomy Lab
by Zvi Ostrin and Vyacheslav Dushenkov
Professors Zvi Ostrin and Vyacheslav Dushenkov were awarded a 2015-2016 CUNY Community College
Project Access Fellow
By Anders Stachelek
At the start of this semester, I was selected to participate in the twelfth cohort of Project ACCCESS that is sponsored by AMATYC. Participants were
Dear Professor: Letters from Writers
by Heidi Bollinger
One of my formative experiences as a first-year undergraduate was visiting my American Literature professor’s office hours to ask a question about the
COMING SOON! SEPTEMBER 2015
The Hostos Teaching Institute returns in AY 2015-2016 to offer important conversations related to effective faculty teaching practice. The Institute will be repeated for the faculty
Written by Lauren Wolf
Too often students come to math class fearing the subject and lacking faith in their mathematical abilities. Teaching math-self-esteem aims to overcome
The Triangle Shirtwaist fire broke out on March 25, 1911, and is considered the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire killed 146 garment
On April 15, 2015 Professor Wolf and Professor Yannacañedo presented a screening of Figures in Flight followed by a panel in the Black Box Theater. The purpose of the event was to create a dialogue about the power
Damany Smith, 21, attended Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media (BCAM) before enrolling at Hostos Community College in the fall of 2012. She is currently a Liberal Arts major with a
The At Home in College Program is designed to enhance academic, social and professional skills. We have over 300 members attending Hostos Community College. Through a generous grant from the Robin Hood Foundation
On April 17th, 2015 the Hostos CSTEP Program attended the 23rd Annual CSTEP Statewide Student Conference 2015 at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, New York for a 2-day conference. Three staff members, Dr.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience,
regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.
These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible
to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific
disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML,
adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with
screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive
a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements,
alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website.
In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels;
descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups),
and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag
for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology.
To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on
as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to