Orientation Manual

Welcome to The Cahn Fellows Program!  We are excited to have you join our dedicated family of participants and trust you will have a rewarding and inspiring experience.  Please review this manual carefully and do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


Participant Portal

Fellows will receive documents and readings DIGITALLY and are responsible for sharing all information with their Allies.

Program Materials

All program materials are provided by the program.

            Summer Leadership Institute

Welcome Reception

Fellows are invited to the Welcome Reception on July 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. held in your honor at The Tavern on the Green at West 67th Street in Central Park.  You will need to arrive in NYC in time to attend this event.

Transportation to Gettysburg

We charter a bus for our travel to Gettysburg.  All Fellows are required to be at The Hudson Hotel ready to board the bus by 12 pm on Monday, July 8 for the beginning of our Summer Leadership Institute.  All dates and times are detailed below.  If there are no flights from your location with an arrival time of 10:30 am or earlier on Sunday, please notify us that you will need a room on July 7, 2019.  You have already received Summer Travel Instructions. Please read it carefully and share with your Ally.

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking your flight arrangements through functionny@aol.com, our Teachers College travel agent.  We have provided this service to give you maximum flexibility in selecting your flights and airports.  We exclusively use United Airlines as our designated airline.  Please respond to our travel agent in a timely manner when booking flights.

Flight tickets must be purchased 14 days or more in advance.  The Cahn Fellows Program will not pay for flights booked in less than 14 days prior to our events.

You will be arriving at either Laguardia Airport or Newark Airport for all your flights.  We recommend carpooling with an Uber to Teachers College.  It can take between 25 minutes and an hour to get from LGA or Newark to TC despite the short distance.


You will be staying at the Hudson Hotel for for all our New York City events.  The Hudson Hotel is located at 358 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019.

We have arranged for all your hotel stays for the entire year.


Getting from Hotel to Teachers College for Study Sessions

It is a 10 minute subway ride from Columbus Circle to Columbia University on the UPTOWN  Train to the 116th Street Columbia University station.  There are multiple MetroCard fare options.  When you exit the subway, walk from West 116th Street and Broadway to West 120th Street, turn right and enter Teachers College through the main entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam.  You will need ID to enter the building. The address for Teachers College is 525 West 120th Street.

Instructions: Purchasing a MetroCard

Teachers College Location:

NYC Subway Map

Arriving at Teachers College

Enter Teachers College through the main entrance on W 120th St.  At the reception desk, you will be asked for a photo id and will be given a pass to enter the building.  We will provide instructions for the location of each of our events. Note, we book the majority of our meeting rooms throughout Teachers College.  You will be notified in advance of any changes to this location.

Maps of Teachers College


We provide breakfast and lunch for all of our Study Sessions.   We recommend you partner with a New York City-based Fellow to get the most out of the available dining options in the City.  When in Gettysburg you will have 2 free evenings where dinner is on your own. Breakfast in Gettysburg will be provided the first morning only.  There will be breakfast options at the Hotel.


You will be spending time outdoors at Gettysburg and should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and any other items you will need to make your experience comfortable.  We will have cold water and snacks on the bus.


You are required to attend all sessions throughout the year.  

July 7, 2019                         Welcome Reception Tavern on the Green

July 8-18, 2019                   Gettysburg (July 8-13), Tarrytown- Fellows only (July 13-18)

July 9-13, 2019                   Summer Leadership Institute (Allies)

Important Dates  

Fellows and Allies are expected to attend each of the following:

October 11, 2019               Western Cities* Study Session in Chicago

October 18, 2019              Eastern Cities+ Study Session in NYC


November 15-17, 2019      Fall Retreat, All cities, Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Center for Learning.


January 17, 2020                Western Cities Study Session in Denver

January 24, 2020               Eastern Cities Study Session in NYC


March 20, 2020                 Western Cities Study Session in Chicago

March 27, 2020                  Eastern Cities Study Session in NYC


May 15, 2020                      Western Cities Study Session in Denver

May 22, 2020                     Eastern Cities Study Session in NYC


July 6, 2020                        Rehearsal All cities in NYC

           New Cohort Reception TBA

July 7, 2020                        Annual Leadership Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University  


*Western Cities = Denver, Dallas,  San Antonio, Chicago
+Eastern Cities = NYC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

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