The Hostos Student Leadership Academy


The Student Leadership Academy works to promote the promising talents of individual student leaders through civic minded activities, community service, cultural influx and developmental leadership training. The goal of the Academy is to promote leadership as a skill necessary to every person, and to be utilized in every aspect of one’s life. Student Leadership Academy members and alumni truly embody the spirit of Hostos Community College’s namesake. Academy members come from every continent. They develop advanced leadership abilities while honing their individual and collective talents, broadening their world views, and learning to devote their heads, hands and hearts to acts of voluntary service in their local, regional and world communities.

The Leadership Academy creates and coordinates college wide academic and co-curricular activities that prepare students to be effective global citizens who are engaged in transforming their communities through scholarship, work and volunteer service. Taking into account the diverse backgrounds of Hostos students, the Leadership Academy offers multiple access points. Students may have a formal relationship with the Academy by enrolling in one of its four programs: The Student Ambassador Program, the Students Orientation Services (SOS) Team Program, the Hostos Emerging Leaders Program or the Volunteer Corps. They may also choose a less formal relationship with the Academy by participating in programs offered to the entire Hostos student body; such as the Winter Workshop Series, a Scholarship Orientation or a Monthly Leadership Forum.

The Leadership Academy works in coordination with the Student Government Association, the Honors Society, the Honors Program and other campus groups, clubs and organizations, as well as within the academic disciplines, to develop leadership initiatives and host workshops and training sessions to promote leadership techniques and ideals for the larger Hostos community. The Hostos Leadership Academy also works in coordination with the Ernesto Malave CUNY Leadership Academy to routinely enhance and develop programming and activities for students throughout the CUNY system and on other CUNY campuses.

Members of the Academy meet weekly for the Friday Ambassador Workshop Series and the Student Leadership Academy Film Series. They also participate in annual retreats; which include challenge courses, rock climbing, team building activities and a high ropes course as well as numerous conferences, including the National Model United Nations-D.C., the National Character and Leadership Symposium at the Air Force academy and many others. Members also commit themselves to doing volunteer work in the community between 16 and 40 hours a semester.