Leadership Fellows
Team Taught Courses
Institutional Partnerships
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Michael L. Epstein
Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow 2019-2020


Leadership Fellows The Futures Initiative's Undergraduate Leadership Program (FIULP) supports CUNY undergraduate students who are learning to be leaders within their colleges and within their communities. The program believes great mentorship and leadership means representing and responding to one's peers in a way that supports everyone's success.

For the 2019-2021 cohorts, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with "The Promise and Perils of Democracy Project" supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition to the focus on leadership and peer mentoring, we will continue to address questions of democracy, informed public engagement and to explore possible solutions to the current crisis of democracy.

This year, The Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Program will begin a new iteration of the program that will continue for the next five years entitled: "The CUNY Peer Leader Program." The new iteration will combine elements of the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership program and the CUNY Humanities Alliance Scholars to focus on learning leadership and peer mentoring skills in addition to exploring humanities education and career pathways. The new iteration of the program will be supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is slated to begin August 2020.


Team Taught Courses One of the Futures Initiative's key program areas are a unique set of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team-taught courses. Following a competitive, CUNY-wide application process, five to seven courses are selected annually for support from the Futures Initiative, with faculty teaching these courses designated as Faculty Fellows. These courses are designed to exemplify equity and innovation, and promote the Futures Initiative's goals of increasing faculty diversity and establishing robust peer mentoring among faculty members across the CUNY system. Spanning many content areas, the courses emphasize creative, student-centered pedagogy and interdisciplinarity in their methods.


Institutional Partnerships Hostos Community College, Guttman Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), and LaGuardia Community College were selected as partners for the second phase of the CUNY Humanities Alliance because of their geographical distribution, the diversity of their student bodies, their curricular and pedagogical differences, their existing connections to the Graduate Center, and their demonstrated commitment to the kinds of innovative pedagogical approaches this proposal seeks to amplify.

Hostos Community College is in the South Bronx, enrolls more than 7,000 students, and serves a predominantly Hispanic population. Hostos has long housed an impactful Writing Across the Curriculum Program that trains GC doctoral students to consult with faculty on approaches to writing instruction. In addition, Hostos has developed a wide range of online and hybrid courses in the humanities, an innovative curriculum that includes a vibrant arts center and a program in Game Design.

Guttman Community College, located blocks from the Graduate Center on 41st Street, is CUNY's newest and smallest community college, enrolling just under 1,000 students. Students at Guttman enjoy access to an innovative First-Year Experience curriculum built around a City Seminar that introduces students to humanistic inquiry through exploration of historical and contemporary urban issues.

Borough of Manhattan Community College is located in Tribeca, and is the largest college at CUNY, enrolling over 26,000 undergraduates. Several BMCC faculty teach and participate in programs at the Graduate Center, and many are GC graduates. BMCC has led efforts in New York City to help Ph.D. candidates envision careers in community college contexts. BMCC has also been at the forefront of the university's work to reduce the costs of attendance for undergraduates by transitioning course readings to open educational resources.

Finally, LaGuardia Community College, the Graduate Center's partner on the first iteration of the CUNY Humanities Alliance, enrolls just under 20,000 students. Continuing the partnership with LaGuardia will allow us to build on the current momentum of the program, and extend it into academic support spaces such as the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and the Accessibility Services Office.




Can put info about the school's specific involvement in the program here.
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