The Borough of Queens is often cited as the most diverse community in the United States, and Queens College CUNY reflects that diversity. Students trace their roots to 170 countries, and speak 110 different languages. Thirty five percent of students are the first in their families to go to college. Increasingly, there is no clear majority population on campus, and students are starting to identify themselves as multicultural, instead of as one specific demographic (Office of Institutional Research.)

While these demographics may seem unusual and unique now, they will not be for long. We are living in a country that has been moving towards increased multiculturalism. According to current demographic trends, by the year 2040 there will be no racial majority in the United States of America (Diversity Explosion p. 4.) In other words, sometime after 2040, the entire nation will most likely look something like Queens College.

If the entire nation might look like Queens College by the year 2040, then the college has a special mandate to serve as a “pilot for what is possible;” a model for what the country might look like if we learned to harness the power of our diversity for innovation and social change, rather than shying away from it and becoming polarized and disenfranchised. CERRU exists in order to work in partnership with the college to fulfill that mandate.

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CERRU’s 5th Social Identity Fashion Show 6:30 pm
CERRU’s 5th Social Identity Fashion Show @ Queens College- Student Union Ballroom (SU 4th Floor)
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm
CERRU’S Fifth Annual Social Identity Fashion Show: Fashioning Our Identities Cosponsored by NYU CLACS and QC Textiles and Apparel Department Who gets to decide your identity? Each model will show two looks: the first representing the identities that society assumes about them, and the second look representing the identities they claim for themselves. Once the models have walked, the audience ...
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First Acts Performance: There is a Portal by Kayhan Irani 12:00 pm
First Acts Performance: There is a Portal by Kayhan Irani @ Queens College-Godwin Museum Klapper Hall
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This piece is the reluctant second in a series exploring the domestic war on terror and how fear and hatred have eaten away at the fabric of American society. The protagonist weaves together childhood recollections and personal stories of immigration with the political history of US intervention in the Middle East and the propaganda that accompanies war and violence abroad. Using audience ...
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Upcoming Events

Innovation Exchange

Each year, CERRU brings together innovators in various fields to participate in a campus and community wide Innovation Exchange. Please join us for our fifth annual Innovation Exchange on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:45pm in the Patio Room on the Queens College Campus.

Lunchtime 2.0

Lunchtime 2.0 is an initiative aimed at redefining the way we think of college cafeterias. Campuses across the US are becoming more diverse; however, not enough is being done to provide a mechanism for diverse students to engage and listen to each other.

Upcoming Events

CERRU encourages students to become cross-cultural leaders, faculty & staff to partner with us in your class, and communities to engage in our programming. Join Us for Our Upcoming Events!