About the Project

The CUNY 1969 Project was developed over several years and is housed by the Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning. It has been a labor of love among many collaborators. Lindsey Albracht and Hamad Sindhi started the project as The CUNY Game in consideration of an open-access gaming pedagogy model about CUNY’s student activist histories. It then received support from a CUNY Open Education Resources grant, part of the New York State “OER Scale Up” Initiative and has been developed as an open-access resource.

In 2022 this project received support from the Transformative Learning in the Humanities grant.

A primary intention of this project is to showcase the depth and power of the CUNY Digital History Archive. Please go check it out!

Summer Teach-in and Retreat

During the spring semester, The Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications from both full-time and part-time CUNY faculty and staff who would like to help build and contribute to the CUNY 1969 project. The retreat usually takes place in June, with synchronous meetings once a week, and is intensive—and compensated. During the retreat, fellows are invited to explore this digital resource in more depth, form a community of inquiry around CUNY’s history, learn about open pedagogy techniques, and practice creating engaging student-facing classroom materials.

Learn more about the CUNY 1969 Summer Teach-in and Retreat

Development Status

Currently, gaming materials are still under development and unavailable until Fall 2022. The CUNY 1969 Project site here offers an interactive narrative of the struggle for Open Admissions.

The Project is currently managed by Seth Graves and Hamad Sindhi.


Huge thanks first to the artist behind all of the illustrations you see on this site, CUNY alum Jojo Karlin.

Thanks to Jessica Wagner Webster at the Baruch Newman Library for help in archival work. Thanks to all of the CUNY 1969 Summer 2022 Teach-in participants for their expertise, insight, and feedback. A special thanks to Shelly Eversley for cheerleading this project. Thanks also to all current and past Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning staff, a community that gets to think together often under the directions of Allison Lehr Samuels and Lisa Blankenship. Thanks to the wide contributions of scholars throughout CUNY’s history who have helped to keep this history alive and present.

We dedicate this project to the anonymous architects of the CUNY Five Demands.