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CUNY Peer Leaders is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 cohort!

Application Re-Opened: Deadline Extended to Monday, July 12, 2021

Thank you for your interest in becoming a CUNY Peer Leader for the Fall 2021 to Spring 2022 academic year! We are particularly seeking candidates from Hostos Community College, Guttman Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Queensborough Community College, and City College of New York.

CUNY Peer Leaders is a community-based program that welcomes 30-40 undergraduate students each year from two- and four-year CUNY colleges and supports them with humanities and social justice scholarship and creative works. CUNY Peer Leaders develop year-long projects and create a portfolio of public writing pieces or other creative works on the program blog, with guidance from peers, staff and faculty. They also develop transferable skills such as collaboration, learning with and from others, identifying needs and resources, and building trust, while striving toward shared goals. These accomplishments prepare CUNY Peer Leaders for success as students during their time at CUNY and beyond.

Given the uncertainties created by the pandemic, much remains unknown about the 2021-2022 academic year, and this year’s program may change depending on developments at CUNY and in New York City more broadly. The program will remain mostly virtual, but may have opportunities for in-person activities after the city reopens. CUNY Peer Leaders for 2021-2022 will participate in biweekly meet-ups, as well as workshops and events designed to build community, leadership skills, and support success in school and beyond. CUNY Peer Leaders will be expected to attend meetings on Friday evenings, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. There will also be a few optional cultural enrichment activities (such as virtual trips to a theater or a museum) that will be scheduled outside of these times.

Students will receive a stipend of $1,000 for their participation (divided into two payments in October 2021 and February 2022), as well as support for transportation and cultural enrichment activities of the program if circumstances permit.

All CUNY undergraduate students are welcome to apply by completing this online application form by Monday, June 21, 2021. Past participants of the CUNY Peer Leaders are also welcome to apply for a second term. Payment for undocumented students is complicated, but we are committed to equitably funding these students. If you are undocumented and selected as a CUNY Peer Leader, you will need to coordinate with us on payment.

NOTE: The information in this application form will NOT be shared publicly.