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CUNY provides initiatives to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of under-represented groups in higher education. Student Affairs programming includes the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program, College Discovery, the CUNY Black Male Initiative and the Single Stop Community College initiative.

Black Male Initiative (BMI)

The Black Male Initiative aims to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of under-represented groups in higher education, in particular black males. All programs and activities of the Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin, or other characteristics.


The City University of New York (CUNY) and the Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA) understand the challenges that DREAMERS face while pursuing their college education, and we are committed to providing DREAMERS with the resources, services, and support they need to succeed in college.

CUNY Foster Care Collaborative

The CUNY Foster Care Collaborative (CFCC) strives to help students with experience in the foster care system graduate. We do this by connecting our students with all available resources, services, and supports that New York City and CUNY have to offer. The CFCC is a partnership between CUNY, the Administration for Children’s Services, and leading non-profit organizations across New York City.

SEEK & College Discovery (SEEK & CD)

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and CD (College Discovery) are the two City University higher education opportunity programs, designed to assist high potential, low income students who otherwise might not be able to pursue a college degree because they are not academically well prepared for college level.

Single Stop Community College Initiative

The Single Stop Community College Initiative provides comprehensive social, legal and financial services to students at CUNY’s six community College – all free to the student.