A Year In Review: The Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Program (2019-2020 Cohort)

By Lauren Melendez and Kashema Hutchinson (cross-posted on futuresinitiative.org) The Futures Initiative’s Undergraduate Leadership Program (ULP) supports CUNY undergraduate students who are learning to be leaders within their colleges and within their communities. The program, directed by Lauren Melendez, MSEd Director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program and Administrative Specialist of the Futures Initiative, and Co-Director Kashema Hutchinson, PhD candidate in Urban Education, believes great mentorship and leadership means representing and

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“Black on Black Education” with Eva featuring Lauren and Kashema

The Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership and Democracy Program Director Lauren Melendez and Co-Director Kashema Hutchinson will be guests on Evalaurene R. Jean-Charles’s “Black on Black Education’s” podcast on May 16th to have a conversation about blackness, higher education, and tips for students in high school to make the best of their college experience. Ms. Charles is a current FI leadership fellow (home campus John Jay College, CUNY) and a Ronald

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FI Undergraduate Leadership & Democracy Program’s 2019-2020 Cohort Will Conclude on Friday May 22, 2020!

FI Undergraduate Leadership & Democracy Program’s 2019-2020 Cohort Will Conclude on Friday May 22, 2020! We are nearing the end of this current cohort’s time together, which we will conclude with one remaining meet-up on May 22, 2020. We have asked our fellows to end this program with a final contribution that will be based on this year’s theme of democracy and informed public engagement that will be posted to

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The Meet-Ups

Tired. Sluggish. Demotivated. These are the words that describe how I felt the first Friday evening in February. However, before calling it a night, I have one more event to attend: Undergraduate Leadership Fellows monthly meet-up. Our meet-ups consist of conversations about many things including academic interests, job prospects, financial aid and last, but not least, their well-being. We usually just ask, “How are you?” Last semester, Lauren, a co-director

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