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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The Declining Future of Journalism

As a first generation immigrant and the first of my family to be born in America, I felt the weight of my parents’ expectations from a very young age. Both my parents came to the United States chasing the American dream, picket fences, and big backyards. They pushed my older sister and I to adopt their dreams as our own. My sister, Swathi, decided to pursue a career in medical

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Character Traits Through a Womanist Lens (Woman’s History Month edition)

Women’s History Month is a month that leaves me feeling very conflicted as a Black man raised by innovative, loving Black and Brown women. On one hand, I’m always down to celebrate women that resemble the women I saw growing up around my neighborhood: essentially women from the African diaspora who are survivors of slavery and colonialism. On the other hand, white women have been and continue to be responsible

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Group-based Scavenger Hunt Activity: A Reflection

*This post has been cross posted on HASTAC August 9th was an exciting day for my Futures Initiative team! This was the day that after a competitive application process, we would finally meet our new (and some recurring) twenty-five undergraduate leadership fellows! On August 9th, we invited these fellows to a introductory workshop at The Graduate Center, CUNY. For this day, we had an exciting line up of student-centered and collaborative

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