TEDxCUNY was formed in July 2013 out of the strong belief that a public academic institution as large and as diverse as the City University of New York not only deserved, but needed a platform for spreading ideas and discussion. The team received its license on July 26th, 2014 and has since become an annual CUNY event gathering students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and the broader public for a day of idea-sharing.
With CUNY’s 530,000+ students enrolled in 24 institutions, TEDxCUNY is representationally the largest TEDx University event in the country. It is also the first public university TEDx conference in New York City, as well as the first TEDx event in the country to represent multiple campuses.
TEDxCUNY is held once a year. To address the challenge of representing 530,000+ students, TEDxCUNY created a Campus Liaison network. TEDxCUNY operates as the umbrella organization that supports CUNY-wide idea sharing. Campus Liaisons, who lead TEDxCUNY chapters on their own campus, can choose to hold TEDxCUNYSalon events, which are mini-TEDx conferences with themes and speakers tailored to that campus community. TEDxCUNY’s goal is for each campus or college within the university system to have a team of students responsible for TEDxCUNY’s outreach and operation on that campus. Currently, the organization has 8 Campus Liaison teams, and outreach coordinators are actively pursuing partnerships with the remaining 16. TEDxCUNY Salon Events are held throughout the fall and spring semester.
On November 16th, 2014, TEDxCUNY held our first conference, themed “Access.” In Spring 2015, TEDxCUNY’s Campus Liaison teams at City College, Baruch College, John Jay College, Hunter College, and the College of Staten Island each organized Salon events. On November 20th, 2015, TEDxCUNY hosted its second main event themed "Borders and Belonging".