CERRU at Queens College

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.


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!

Our Impact

Upcoming Events

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Open Workshop #2: Interrogating Bias Introduction 12:15 pm
Open Workshop #2: Interrogating Bias Introduction @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Oct 2 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Is it possible to view everyone as equals? This lecture seeks to explore this question while introducing the underpinnings of implicit bias and the wider implications of it in our society. Join us as we examine self, cultural reproduction, microaggressions, and behavior change and its relationship to implicit bias  
Political Leaps of Faith Info Session 12:15 pm
Political Leaps of Faith Info Session @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Oct 11 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Political Leaps of Faith is a pilot project designed to bring community members together from across the political spectrum in order to re-meet each other and work together towards shared social justice goals.
Lunchtime 2.0 #2 Topic TBD 12:15 pm
Lunchtime 2.0 #2 Topic TBD @ Queens College-Dining Hall
Oct 17 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunchtime 2.0 topics are disclosed one to two weeks before the date in order to correspond with current events. Contact yrosenstock@cerru.org between September 25th and October 1st with your ideas for timely Lunchtime 2.0 topics.
Innovation Exchange Satellite Programming 12:00 pm
Innovation Exchange Satellite Programming @ Queens College
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This is an innovating exchange program to produce fact sheets that will be distributed before or after to ensure that we have information before we engage in dialogue. Bring your own laptops!