New Leadership & Democracy Fellow Cohort 2019-2020

We are delighted to announce that another exciting year of the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership and Democracy Program has started! This year, thirty-two undergraduate Leadership Fellows from twelve different City University of New York (CUNY) campuses have been selected in a highly competitive review process. The majority of the students picked for this program have been nominated by faculty and instructors who are students themselves at the Graduate Center and throughout the various two year community colleges and four year senior level colleges across CUNY.  

For the 2019-2020 cohort, 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 address questions of democracy and informed public engagement. The Futures Initiative would also like to thank CUNY central for their continued support of the program this year. 

We kicked off the leadership and democracy program at the Graduate Center on Wednesday, August 14th, where students learned leadership and mentoring skills at our annual summer institute. This year, Leadership Fellows will continue to participate in joint meetings and activities with our sister program, the CUNY Humanities Alliance. Leadership Fellows will have the opportunity to attend Futures Initiative events and will be included in programming with faculty and graduate students through the University Worth Fighting For series. Participants will build meaningful relationships with their fellow peers, graduate students, and faculty members at the Graduate Center. 

As we gear up for this upcoming Fall 2019 semester, We are excited to welcome aboard our new 2019-2020 cohort of Undergraduate Leadership and Democracy Fellows. We know this year will be our best year yet, in making strides to become leaders and stepping into roles that will not only help them continue on their path toward student success, but will also enable them to learn life skills that will help them achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Lauren Melendez, MSEd

Director, Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Program and Administrative Specialist


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