The Malave Leadership Academy (MLA) is the resource for student leadership development at the City University of New York (CUNY). MLA is where students from across CUNY come together and engage each other, staff, community and University leaders to develop the skills, knowledge, experience, and self-efficacy necessary to become global leaders in an urban environment.
Leaders have studied, taught, and organized at CUNY throughout our rich history. We have a great tradition of developing leaders in a wide array of disciplines and sectors. Our graduates include 12 Nobel Laureates, a U.S. Secretary of State, a Supreme Court Justice, mayors, members of Congress, state legislators, an astronaut, noted theorists, composers, writers, inventors, and corporate leaders. In fact, according to a recent national survey by Standard & Poor’s, more top U.S. corporate executives earned their bachelor’s degrees at CUNY than at any other university in the country. Read More
It was the late 1970s when Ernesto Malave, lacking a high school diploma but harboring a laser mind and great determination, stepped through the doors of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), then located on West 51st Street on the edge of the theater district. Long-haired, with a South Bronx pedigree and a taste for hard rock, he enrolled in an innovative program that gave students a second chance at a high school degree and credits towards college.
At BMCC, Ernesto quickly made himself known. He declared his candidacy for Student Senate. With his remarkable focus and skills of persuasion, he won. A new student, he was now an advocate for students. It was a commitment he would forever keep. Read More