CUNY Peer Leaders Applications 2021-2022

The Future’s Initiative at The Graduate Center has extended theirr applications deadline until July 12, 2021 for the CUNY-wide, undergraduate, extracurricular program called the CUNY Peer Leaders. It is a community-based group, focused on humanities and social justice. They’re recruiting for their 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.

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.