The University Worth Fighting For event series asks tough questions of the academy and pushes for change.


One of the Futures Initiative’s key program areas is a unique set of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team-taught courses.


We research matters related to equity, diversity, technology, and public support in higher education.

Our leadership and peer mentoring program reconnects liberal arts teaching and learning with the “new majority” of undergraduate college students.

Our Fellows gain experience in collaboration and creative problem-solving through our work.

We partner with HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and the CUNY Humanities Alliance.



We center students’ voices in classrooms and beyond.


We use network and communication tools to build community and foster greater access.


We develop the leaders of tomorrow through our CUNY undergraduate leadership fellows program.


We conduct institutional and higher education research.


We promote institutional change, social justice, and the reinvestment in higher education as a public good.


We connect with scholars and students around the world through HASTAC, a scholarly social network dedicated to changing the way we teach and learn.

Current Events

  • Is Graduate School for Me? Part 2

    December 5, 20223:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    In continuation of The Futures Initiative series, we invite you to learn insightful tips of the graduate school application process from current CUNY graduate students, faculty, and administrators. This event is designed primarily for students actively applying or preparing to apply to graduate school. You’ll hear personal experiences about everything to do with the application process; including writing the perfect personal statement, using resources that are readily available to you, networking, organizing deadlines, and much more! The application stage does not have to be a solitary process, join us on December 5th.

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The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3313
New York, NY 10016-4309
Tel. 212 817-7201
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