It was a real privilege to be part of the Futures Initiative Mentoring Workshop the past two days, hosted by the Graduate Center with participants from 8 additional CUNY campuses. As part of the Futures Initiative course offerings, undergraduate mentors from the first FI course (“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education“) will mentor incoming undergraduate students for the 2015-2015 academic year.
These students, hailing from New York City’s five boroughs, proved to be motivated and remarkable. They were led by very capable hands — Hilarie Ashton, Rachel Oppenheimer and Natalie Oshukany (FI Teaching Fellows) — and easily took the lead as well, to build and learn together.
If you ever had any doubt about what peer-driven and engaged learning can accomplish, have a look at this before and after photo, from students looking ahead towards a speaker to students motivated to teach and learn together.