CUNY Humanities Alliance

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Futures Initiative and HASTAC are deeply honored to be part of a visionary $3.1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant dedicated to humanities education at the nation’s community colleges and introductory humanities education for the “new majority” of college students entering universities in the U.S. today.

Read the press release.

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Liberal Arts for the New Majority: Undergraduate Leadership and Peer Mentoring Program

Supported by the Teagle Foundation

This multi-layered peer mentorship program, generously funded by the Teagle Foundation, reconnects liberal arts teaching and learning with the mission of public higher education and the needs of what has been called the “new majority” of undergraduate college students, while also supporting graduate students’ development as both teachers  and learners. Thank you also to CUNY Central office for generously funding the first round the Peer mentoring program.
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Read the project announcement.



Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants

Thanks to a generous gift from Curtis Wong, recipient of an honorary degree from the Graduate Center in 2016, as well as a matching grant from Microsoft and anonymous donations from GC faculty members, this student grant program awards $500 micro-grants to Graduate Center students for research or travel related to scholarship at the intersections of humanities, arts, science, and technology. The competition honors Dr. Louise Lennihan for her extraordinary service on behalf of students and faculty at the Graduate Center.

Read about past award winners.

Thank you to all of our funders. Your past and ongoing support is key to the Futures Initiative’s impact on higher education.

University Worth Fighting For

 The University Worth Fighting For

The Futures Initiative partners with HASTAC to offer events, workshops, and Twitter chats designed to tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change and social justice. We pay special attention to race, gender, diversity, equity, and inequality—and to rethinking the higher education we so urgently need now.

We believe in higher education. Join us as we engage with and amplify these key issues in the classroom and beyond.

Team-Taught Courses

Each year, the Futures Initiative holds a CUNY-wide competition to select Faculty Fellows to team-teach interdisciplinary graduate courses. The aim of these courses is to support diversity, equity, and student-centered interdisciplinary learning at the graduate level, to strengthen faculty diversity at the Graduate Center, and to establish robust peer mentoring among faculty members across the CUNY system.

Learn more about these unique courses.

Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

In Spring 2015, Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson and Graduate Center President Emeritus William Kelly taught Mapping the Futures of Higher Education, a radically interdisciplinary graduate class and network of undergraduate classes involving more than 365 students across ten CUNY colleges. Though the subject matter varied from one class to another, all used peer pedagogy to achieve the best student outcomes while also building a strong community. Learn more…

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