Collage of student service activities

The Malave Leadership Academy (MLA) develops leadership values and skills through experiential civic engagement, advocacy activities, and leadership competency training. MLA students learn how to be effective leaders both within CUNY and their own communities. Our students come together from all 25 campuses of the City University of New York.

Participation in MLA will provide you with opportunities to develop your advocacy skills and learn how to identify and access key city, state, and federal government stakeholders. Students will also participate in service projects that address issues important to CUNY. MLA is ideal for students who are interested in community service, having an impact on public policy or wish to participate in the political process.

During recent academic years, MLA students have participated in the following activities:

  • Legislative hearings
  • Legislative advocacy trips to Albany
  • The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus
  • The SOMOS El Futuro Conference
  • Washington D.C. legislative visit
  • 3-day Leadership Development retreat in upstate New York
  • 4-day Spring Break trip to Syracuse, NY
  • The Congressional Award Program
  • The Food Bank for New York City
  • The New York City Parks Department
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • New York Cares


Students will also participate in educational workshops and conferences based on three leadership models: Social Change Model, Student Leadership Challenge, and Servant Leadership.

If you are interested in joining MLA, please contact a Student Life Representative on your campus.