Welcome to the CUNY Peer Leaders 2020-2021 Cohort!

On August 18th, The CUNY Peer Leaders Program welcomed 40 undergraduate students for the 2020- 2021 cohort from two and four year colleges, of which there are participants from 10 of CUNY’s 25 campuses. 

The CUNY Peer Leaders program supports CUNY undergraduate students scholarship and creative work in the Humanities and helps 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

As part of the program, Peer Leaders will have the opportunity to develop a humanities themed project and a portfolio of public writing pieces on the program blog. Leaders will have the opportunity to 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. 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.

Please see here for blog reflections written by Sharifa Thompson The Unknown and The Semester’s Challenges by Kai Mor two of our CUNY Peer Leaders who have blogged on the September prompt “What do you anticipate will be challenging this semester or what are you looking forward to ? given at the Finding Your Voice: Online Identity and Project Planning”meet-up that took place on September 11, 2020.

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