The Murphy Institute at CUNY SLU offers educational opportunities and academic support services for adult learners across CUNY and serves as an academic resource for union members, 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.