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The Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies offers workshops and seminars that build the capacity of working-class people to engage at all levels of the democratic process. As corporate interests hold increasingly greater sway in national politics, the Institute provides educational resources to enable working-class voters and communities to exercise the influence concomitant with their numbers.

To receive updated information about upcoming programs and trainings, click here.

Current Courses

Electoral Activism & Leadership Academy Class

Each Fall, the Murphy Institute provides space for the Latino Leadership Institute to host a series of classes on the electoral process and civic activism. The series seeks to empower Latinos and other minority groups by increasing their participation in the democratic process by training, organizing and mobilizing leaders. Visit the Latino Leadership Institute website for more information.

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Series

Each Spring the Murphy Institute hosts a popular civic engagement program on Saturdays. Each session features CUNY faculty and veteran practitioners with years of experience and expertise in civic leadership, electoral politics, the history of mass movements and policy making at the local, state and national levels of government.

Registration for this course opens on December 10th.  To receive announcements about registration for the CELD course, click here.

Important Information

Due to the public safety measures CUNY has taken related to the COVID-19, the course is suspended indefinitely.

Once the crisis is over, we will be in touch to reschedule sessions (if possible) and award certificates to those who have participated. In the event that further sessions cannot take place, we will guarantee registration to all students who wish to participate in the full CELD course in Spring 2021.

Beyond Resistance: A Progressive Immigration Agenda for 2020

Election Debrief: An Interview with Harold Meyerson

Divided Results: Voting and Partisan Gerrymandering