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Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) is a student activist and leadership training program located at Hunter College

  Welcome to Welfare Rights Initiative WRI is proud to lead the effort to expand access to education for all students. We are excited that our work resulted in new state legislation and New York City policy that allows four-year … Continue reading

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REAL CHANGE

If we have good “first step” policy changes that most of our communities do not know exist, then this is not REAL change. That’s why WRI is committed to building positive relationships with HRA, and sharing resources that impact our … Continue reading

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The Golden Rules to Access Education and Training

“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” WORKSHOP” Wednesday April 20th, 2016 Hunter East, Rm 1042 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are worried about dropping out of school because of public assistance requirements, we can help! College matters more than ever before for … Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Rights?

If you are worried about dropping out of school because of public assistance requirements, we can help! Attend a WRI Know Your Rights Training workshop. Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 College matters more … Continue reading

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Congratulations To Cohort 20 Graduates!

Congratulations to cohort 20 graduates, and all alumni who joined our festive 20th anniversary gala and leadership awards ceremony. A special thank you to the Senior Vice Chancellor of CUNY, Jay Hershenson, for his words of inspiration to our students. … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary Gala News Alert

May has certainly been an exciting time for Welfare Rights Initiative!  Hunter College students from the 20th cohort of our Community Leadership Program are busy finishing up their advocacy activities and academic work as we approach graduation. Last week, our … Continue reading

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WRI Vision and Planning Retreat Launches Program into its 20th Year!

Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) brought together staff, students, and alumni for 3 days, November 14-16, for a planning retreat. This weekend of community building and strategizing enabled WRI members to reconnect to their organizational vision and each other. Retreat attendees … Continue reading

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WRI 2013 Newsletter

Read Hirah’s Story Download WRI’s 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

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Join WRI & NY Women’s Foundation on Tuesday, November 12th at 2pm.

WRI will be sharing policy recommendations to help advance the economic status of women, and their families. Tune in at 2pm on Tuesday, November 12th to learn how you can be a part of our education movement. A new administration … Continue reading

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WRI’s 2013 Creative Expression Potluck Event

On Monday the November 4th, WRI had an awe-inspiring Creative Expression Potluck. It was a wonderful night of poetry, song, and other forms of creative expressions at Hunter College. Our alumni base is the heart and soul of the energy … Continue reading

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