The Murphy Institute at CUNY SLU offers educational opportunities and academic support services for adult learners across CUNY and serves as an academic resource on issues of concern related to workers and working-class communities.

The Murphy Institute partners with unions, CBOs, employers, and other CUNY units to provide adult learners with a variety of academic courses and support services, including free college prep; SLU/CUNY pre-admissions advisement; LEAP to Teacher, a special set of support services for paraprofessionals in the UFT; and Worker Education at Queens College, a hub for union members and working students in Queens.

The Murphy Institute sponsors public forums and national conferences; conducts research; publishes New Labor Forum, a nationally acclaimed journal; offers leadership development programs to encourage greater civic participation; and organizes a number of specialized local, national, and international  initiatives.