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.

Programs

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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Race Talk 12:15 pm
Race Talk @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Dec 4 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
How to Have Difficult Conversations About Racial Microaggressions:  Ever experience someone spouting a racial microaggression and been left feeling enraged, confused, hurt or all of the above? Journey with us as we explore the origin of racial microaggressions in the United States. Additionally, we’ll talk about how to have conversations with individuals who have been microaggressive in personal and professional ...
Racialized Hate Violence Workshop 12:15 pm
Racialized Hate Violence Workshop @ Queens College- Powdermaker Hall 114
Dec 4 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Come learn how to engage with racialized hate violence.
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Documusical: A Chip on Her Shoulder 12:15 pm
Documusical: A Chip on Her Shoulder @ Queens College- Library Cafe
Dec 6 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
“A Chip On Her Shoulder” is a docu-musical investigating the experiences of women and other minorities in the field of engineering. Composed of interviews with students, faculty, and professionals in the field, this play was developed at Virginia Tech and is being reworked for a NYC production in spring 2018. Join the conversation of diversity and inclusion in the STEM ...
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