Leadership initiatives at QC

Leadership initiatives at Queens College

The Office of Student Development and Leadership offer several leadership opportunities such as participating in OSDL’s knights round table leadership series held in the Fall and Spring, being an Orientation Leader, a Welcome Day Leader, a Junior Court Marshall, an UBUNTU mentor or holding an executive position in one of the many clubs and organizations at Queens College.
Developing leadership skills in college are ways for students to gain soft skills that translate into qualities that future employers are searching for in candidates. Enhancing and nurturing skills such as communication and collaboration build resilience and teach adaptability, which make our students the most marketable. We further and foster that learning through workshops and various trainings to ensure our students succeed.
Join us for our Knight’s  Round Table Leadership Series in the Fall 2023 semester.


UBUNTU Program


The Office of Student Development and Leadership runs a mentorship program for first year students of color entering Queens College in the Fall and Spring semester. The UBUNTU program was established in 2020 with the purpose of retaining students of color as they matriculate through the College. UBUNTU supports its students by pairing them with upperclassmen mentors and exposing them to campus and cultural resources. This program is inclusive and all students are welcome to participate!

Looking to join the program as a mentor or mentee? Please email studentlife@qc.cuny.edu

Looking to engage in Leadership Opportunities?

Junior Marshals

Junior Marshal are a huge asset to making commencement run smoothly.  They assist the graduates during line up and help with other tasks throughout the day. 

Expectations and Responsibilities of Junior Marshals:

  • Come with a positive attitude the day of the ceremony!
  • Attend two mandatory training sessions in May. (Dates TBD)
  • Download Whatsapp to stay connected at all times.
  • Check your email every day to stay updated with the important details 
  • Some Junior Marshals assist guests on commencement day with campus directions. (All Marshall receive maps and a FAQ sheet)
  • Some Junior Marshals sit at the informational tent to assist graduates and guests with questions.
  • All Marshalls assist graduates with their robes and caps if needed.
  • All Marshalls assist professional staff throughout the event.
  • All Marshalls direct guests to departmental ceremonies after the main ceremony.
  • All Marshalls help with light set up, break down and cleanup of any areas if needed on the day of the event.

Interested in being a junior marshal?  Click here to fill out the interest form

Knights Pantry/ Armory Volunteer

The Knights Table Food Pantry, overseen by the Office of Student Development and Leadership (OSDL) at Queens College is dedicated to the success of all our students in our CUNY system. Our mission is to assist and empower all Queens College/CUNY students by providing members of our community here at Queens College and in other CUNY schools with essential and basic needs at no cost.

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Support the mission of the pantry.
  • Participate in an Orientation Zoom Meeting before their first shift.
  • Be familiar with the volunteer handbook and the pantry policies and procedures.
  • Be punctual, dependable, and reliable.
  • Protect the confidentiality of pantry clients.
  • Greet all pantry clients and ensure they have a positive experience.
  • Keep track of appointments on the Setmore App.
  • Assemble and distribute food bags for pantry clients.
  • Organize the food items and perform inventory.
  • Ensure the food pantry area/cage room is clean and clear of clutter.
  • Be aware of other resources and organizations available for pantry clients
  • Effectively address pantry clients questions, and problem solve as needed.
  • Give the pantry supervisor at least 24 hours notice if you cannot make your shift.
  • Responsible for the proper storage of food products in a safe and secure manner.
  • Maintain all shelves organized, clean, well-stocked, and properly rotated (FIFO).
  • Help with the pantry activities on campus such as Harvest Fest

Click here volunteer with the Knights Table Food Pantry/Armory

OSDL Student Employees

If you have work study and are looking for a paid leadership position, The Office For Student Development and Leadership student worker position is for you! Be sure to confirm with the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Office if you have or are eligible for work study first! If you are approved for work study let the FWS Office know that OSDL is where you would like to be placed for an interview.

The Office of Student Development and Leadership is hiring hardworking and personable student employees to support our mission of helping students learn, connect with others and grow. Student employees will assist in a variety of office and customer service tasks such as answering the phone, greeting and assisting customers, making copies, filing, data entry, and other duties as assigned. 

Orientation/Welcome Day Leader

Orientation/ Welcome Day Leader 

Orientation/ Welcome Leaders serve as key pieces of our Orientation & Welcome Day program.  They serve as mentors to support and encourage our newest Knights.  Through individual and group interaction, they will be a knowledgeable guide, a thoughtful facilitator who provides access to campus individuals and resources, a role model and advocate for their mentees. Leaders are expected to work both individually and collaboratively to help first-year students experience a smooth, positive transition to Queens College from high school and assist in the creation of an inclusive and engaged community.  This position is one of the highest forms of Leadership at QC and will help you develop transferable life skills. 

Roles and Responsibilities of an Orientation/Welcome Day Leader 

  • Attend Orientation/Welcome Day Leader Training during the summer. 
  • Send a series of digital communications (WhatsApp) to your mentees after their session to remind they of upcoming events. Follow up with individual mentees when necessary
  • Provide pivotal support and lead icebreakers throughout Orientation and Welcome Day. 
  • Serve as a positive social and academic role model. 
  • Communicate academic and social opportunities to your mentees 
  • Build relationships with incoming first-year students to support their transition to Queens College. 
  • Provide campus tours. 
  • Assist professional staff with tasks when needed during Orientation and Welcome Day. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

To be considered, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student.  
  • Excellent leadership potential and experience. 
  • Good academic standing, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 
  • Good judicial standing with no current judicial sanctions. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills as emails will go out regularly through the OSDL Office and candidates must check their email regularly. 
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members, students, staff and parents. 
  • The desire to learn about all aspects of QC life, from cocurricular activities, academic studies to policy and procedures. 
  • Demonstrates a record of flexibility, responsibility, and willingness to assist others. 

Interested in applying?  Click here to fill out the interest form to stay informed about upcoming group process and interview dates held in the Spring.

Join a club

Check our one of the many clubs QC has to offer!  Click here

Join the College Union Programming Board (CUPB)

Looking to gain leadership skills, build your resume and meet new people?  Looking to learn how to plan large scale events on campus like Spring Fest, Rest and Relaxation programs before finals and be about of planning committees for Black History, Women’s History Months and more?  Join CUPB Queens College’s official large scale program board!  Use this like to sign up ! https://forms.office.com/r/Ci6qxib83W

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The mission of Queens College is to prepare students to serve as innovative leaders in a diverse world that they make more equitable and inclusive. One way we achieve this is through enriching student experiences such as Greek Life. Through the Student Association, the Inter-Greek Council governs several organizations and enhances the campus community through the promotion of friendship and collaboration among the fraternities and sororities.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Fellowship
  • Support
  • Community service
  • International/National networks
  • Academic assistance
  • Campus involvement
  • Social activities

All prospective new members must attend an anti-hazing course prior to joining any organization.

The following organizations are recognized under the Inter-Greek Council and can recruit members from Queens College:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
  • Sigma Delta Tau Sorority
  • Sigma Alpha Sigma Sorority
  • Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity (Limited)
  • Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity (Limited)

The following organizations have been suspended/expelled from Queens College and are not permitted to recruit students:  KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY

Developing leadership skills in college are ways for students to gain soft skills that translate into qualities that future employers are searching for in candidates. Enhancing and nurturing skills such as communication and collaboration build resilience and teach adaptability, which make our students the most marketable. We further and foster that learning through workshops and various trainings to ensure our students succeed.

Join us for our Knight’s Round Table Leadership Series occurring on:

  • January 31
  • February 14
  • March 8
  • March 13
  • April 8