Bringing Adult Learners and Adult Educators Together

The CUNY Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Program has a long tradition of providing free, city-wide events for the adult learners and educators across New York City.

For Adult Learners

  • Since 2012, we have joined with the Black Male Initiative (BMI) to co-sponsor a conference to help students make connections with representatives from various careers and CUNY colleges. Initially called CUNY College & Career Night, the event is now known as the Mapping Your Future Conference and gives students an opportunity to explore the question of what happens after they earn their HSE diploma.
  • To honor the work and achievements of the students in our Adult Learning Centers we maintain the Peter Jennings Laurel Scholarship Award, presented to 11-12 adult learners each year to support their first post-HSE diploma steps into CUNY.

For Adult Educators

  • CUNY College and Career Meetups are happening throughout the city. These events bring together staff members from adult literacy programs with representatives from college and career training programs at CUNY. The goal is for adult education providers to learn more about what is available to the students in their community.
  • Two evening of workshops are offered each year for ESOL teachers across the city at CUNY ESOL Night. The event is held at the NYC Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.
  • CUNY Curriculum Roundtables are opportunities for the CUNY Professional Development Team to introduce new teaching resources they have developed to the field. Workshops and presentations are also delivered by adult literacy teachers to celebrate their work and share curriculum they have created working with the CUNY PD Team.
  • Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century (CALTA21) is a model initiative funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The intent of this initiative, led by Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), is to build the capacity of museum-community college partnerships, to empower adult immigrant English language learners (ELL) while strengthening their literacy and critical thinking skills through visual literacy and simultaneously assisting them in enriching their social and cultural capital. Learn more at