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CUNY Kicks Off Women’s Conference Week; Celebrates Influential Leaders During Women’s History Month

Women Comprise Half of CUNY’s 25 College Leaders, More Than Half of Chancellor’s Cabinet, Majority of Student and Faculty Bodies.

On March 7th, The City University of New York celebrated the launch of its annual Women’s Conference Week, a five-day series of programming beginning March 18 that provides career development and mentorship opportunities for women among the University’s faculty, staff and students. First launched as a leadership conference in 2005, the weeklong event anchors Women’s History Month.

The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university, a transformative engine of social mobility that is a critical component of the lifeblood of New York City. Founded in 1847 as the nation’s first free public institution of higher education, CUNY today has seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions spread across New York City’s five boroughs, serving more than 225,000 undergraduate and graduate students and awarding 50,000 degrees each year. CUNY’s mix of quality and affordability propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all the Ivy League colleges combined. More than 80 percent of the University’s graduates stay in New York, contributing to all aspects of the city’s economic, civic and cultural life and diversifying the city’s workforce in every sector. CUNY’s graduates and faculty have received many prestigious honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes and 26 MacArthur “Genius” Grants. The University’s historic mission continues to this day: provide a first-rate public education to all students, regardless of means or background. To learn more about CUNY, visit



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