This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Many college students were not yet born on that day — but in the weeks, months and years that followed, their families and neighborhoods felt the impact of those attacks. We have all heard the stories of that day, the way communities came together to support each other as ashes drifted across the East River to Brooklyn, and uptown to Harlem.
BMCC is an important part of that story. Our college lost a campus building when 7 World Trade collapsed against the original Fiterman Hall at around 5:15 p.m.
That building was razed and rebuilt, and the stunning Fiterman Hall you see today opened its doors in August 2012. It stands as a testament to BMCC’s determination to rise, even in the face of unprecedented challenges: 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a strong, innovative and caring community that finds way to put student success at the heart of everything we do.
At BMCC, we are commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a small program of virtual events that we hope will inspire, educate and amplify the voices of our students, faculty and staff. Our event schedule offers many opportunities to participate and to remember the impact that 9/11 continues to have on our city, our nation and our world.
Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College