CUNY Justice Learning Collaborative

We collaborate with partners throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) who engage and support students who have been involved in the criminal legal system. Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, the Institute embarked on a project to map CUNY’s resources for students with past system involvement. The initiative became known as the CUNY Justice Learning Collaborative.

CUNY Justice Learning Collaborative Objectives

  • Identify and acknowledge our colleagues who engage and support students impacted by the criminal legal system.
  • Define roles that complement rather than compete with one another.
  • Elevate the university’s work by defining a better-integrated, more comprehensive system of outreach and engagement that supports students from matriculation through graduation.

Mapping the City University of New York (the report that informed the creation of the CUNY Justice Learning Collaborative) is available here.

Former CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost José Luis Cruz discusses the release of Mapping CUNY in this video.

The Institute will use the findings to foster a more welcoming environment across the university system—one that supports the enrollment, retention, graduation, and post-college employment success of students with past criminal legal system involvement.

In doing so, we launched a CUNY-wide Justice Learning Collaborative to support the development of a more equitable and accessible CUNY for system-impacted students. The Collaborative’s goals are:
  1. To generate a collective vision and responsibility for fostering an equitable and supportive University for system-impacted students among students, staff, faculty, administrators, and agency partners;
  2. Establish a community for information-sharing, peer-to-peer learning, and partnership building across CUNY campuses and programs that serve system-impacted students; and
  3. Create a shared policy and systems change agenda consistent with the opportunities surfaced from our interviews with colleagues and formulated in the recommendations in Mapping the City University of New York: The University’s Commitment to Students Impacted by the Criminal Legal System