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    CUNY Peer Leaders Extending Application Deadline For The 2021-2022 Cohort! 

    Deadline Extended to: Monday, July 12, 2021

    Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni, and Friends,

    We hope all is well and your summer is off to a great start! We have extended our applications deadline until July 12, 2021 for our CUNY-wide, undergraduate, extracurricular program called the CUNY Peer Leaders. It is a community-based group, focused on humanities and social justice. We’re recruiting for our next cohort of students for the Fall 2021 to Spring 2022 semester, and would like to extend the deadline for students to apply from the following campuses: Hostos Community College, Guttman Community College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Lehman College. Students receive $1000 stipend for participating. Please circulate the call for applications below to students you know who might be interested in participating.

    Apply now!

    More About CUNY Peer Leaders

    CUNY Peer Leaders is a community-based program that supports CUNY undergraduate students’ scholarship and creative work in the Humanities and supports them in developing leadership skills to implement within their communities and colleges. Still in its inaugural year, the CUNY Peer Leaders is a new iteration, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that combines elements of the CUNY Humanities Alliance LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars program and the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership and Democracy Fellows Program.

    CUNY Peer Leaders welcomes 30-40 undergraduate students each year from two- and four-year CUNY colleges. As part of the program, CUNY Peer Leaders will have the opportunity to develop a humanities themed project and a portfolio of public writing pieces on the program blog. CUNY Peer Leaders will participate in a variety of community building workshops and enrichment opportunities designed to explore concepts of voice, respect, and presentation of self, which are essential to leadership; critical and creative thinking; sociopolitical issues and their impacts; various historical and cultural perspectives; aesthetic appreciation; and human connection. Through their work, individually and as a group, CUNY Peer Leaders further develop their skills in research, oral and written communication, collaboration, project management, digital literacy, identifying needs and resources, learning with and from others, and building trust, while striving toward shared goals. All of these accomplishments also help prepare them for success as students during their time at CUNY and beyond.

    With the students at the center, this group celebrates the successes that CUNY Peer Leaders have already achieved, helps them determine what they need to prepare them for future graduation and careers, and supports their reflections on the ways that these accomplishments can help them to become leaders of their communities. This mutually supportive community with students from both two-year and four-year CUNY colleges, along with meaningful mentorship relationships with staff, faculty, and graduate students, creates a near-peer mentorship community that supports students in their educational goals, and beyond. By fostering meaningful connections and friendships with peers one step away from them in their educational path, the program promotes transfer and continuation within humanities pathways and equips students to move toward goals that build a better future.

    We invite you to Apply  by July 12, 2021 for this program.

    Thank you all for your interest in this program!


    Lauren Melendez, MSEd
    Undergraduate Leadership Director and Administrative Specialist
    The Futures Initiative
    The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Chinyere Okafor
    Facilitator, CUNY Peer Leaders Program and Doctoral Fellow, The Futures Initiative
    Ph.D. Student, Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology,
    The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Kaysi Holman
    Director of Programs and Administration
    CUNY Humanities Alliance
    The Graduate Center, CUNY
    (212) 817-725

    Kashema Hutchinson
    Co-Director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program, The Futures Initiative
    Doctoral Fellow, Urban Education
    The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Who we are

    For more details about the program, including eligibility and participation requirements, please visit our website »

    This topic was also posted in: Graduate Center English Student Association (ESA).
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