Our ride with Andy Byford, NYCT President

By Jessica Murray|April 16, 2018|Reflection, Research|0 comments

In January of this year, a group of scrappy subway activists hatched a plan to make a splash at the NYCT Committee Meeting, delivering a gift for the incoming New York City Transit president, Andy Byford, who is in charge of the subways, buses, and Access-A-Ride. The Rise and Resist Elevator Action Group, founded by Jennifer Marie Bartlett in April of 2017, has been staging rallies and protests to gain public awareness of

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Pedagogy Day 2017: Futures Initiative Total Participation Workshop

By Jessica Murray|November 6, 2017|Event Recap, Pedagogy Guide, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

On Friday, October 27, 2017, my colleague Mike Rifino and I led a Total Participation Workshop as part of Pedagogy Day. Twenty participants engaged in an experiment to see what we could accomplish by using technology as a tool for collaboration and co-constructing knowledge among faculty and graduate student teachers to create a WordPress site in less than an hour. At the beginning, we were all a little nervous. After

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Event Recap: Understanding the IRB, Part I

By Jessica Murray|October 18, 2017|Event Recap|1 comments

Our Thursday Dialogue on October 12 about the complexities of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulatory framework turned into a very informative, interesting, and lively discussion. Marianna Azar, Graduate Center HRPP Program Manager, and Seth Schimmel, HRPP Program Assistant shared their knowledge and application of the federal guidelines, recent history of changes to the CUNY IRB structure, the transition from IRBNet to IDEATE, common reasons that protocols are returned, and

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Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors

By Jessica Murray|August 22, 2017|FI Events|3 comments

Monday, Sept 11 The Graduate Center, CUNY, Room C204 6:00pm–8:00pm This event will be livestreamed with captioning service: bit.ly/fight4edu-live In this conversation for educators who are LGBTQ or allies, moderators María R. Scharrón-del Río (Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, CUNY), Kalle Westerling (Ph.D. Candidate and Futures Initiative Fellow, the Graduate Center, CUNY), and Stephanie Hsu (Associate Professor, Pace University), ask you: What are your pedagogical priorities now? How have they changed? What

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Event Recap: Accessibility, Mobility, and Design

By Jessica Murray|February 22, 2017|Event Recap|1 comments

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Futures Initiative hosted “Accessibility, Mobility, and Design,” with presentations by panelists Sara Hendren (Olin College) and April Coughlin (SUNY, New Paltz). Several different kinds of mobility were described during the hour-long discussion, including rock climbing, skateboarding, wheeling, walking, and waffle-making. Watch a captioned video Check out the photos from the event Notes from the event are captured on our collaborative Google Doc Sara joined remotely from

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February 8: Accessibility, Mobility, and Design

By Jessica Murray|January 20, 2017|FI Events|4 comments

Wednesday, February 8 | 2 PM to 3 PM EST | GC Room 9100 (Skylight Room) | RSVP Twitter Chat: @FuturesED#fight4edu Live stream: http://bit.ly/fight4edu-live Live captioning: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=FI-CUNY Google Doc: http://bit.ly/fight4edu-accessibility The Graduate Center has a wheelchair accessible entrance at the southeast corner of 35th St. and 5th Avenue. If you need any accommodations to be able to participate comfortably in this event, please contact us at futuresinitiative@gc.cuny.edu. Description: Join the Futures Initiative on Wednesday, February

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Hacking Digital Accessibility

By Jessica Murray|October 13, 2016|Announcements, Events of Interest, Reflection, Research|0 comments

I often feel fortunate to live in New York City and I’m privileged to be able to easily access experiences and information as I make my way through the city. From an outside perspective, I also understand the barriers that people with disabilities face on a daily basis. My research interests have been primarily focused on obstacles in the built environment that impact the mobility of people with physical disabilities,

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Digital Histories and Social Justice, Sept 14

By Jessica Murray|August 22, 2016|Announcements, Events of Interest|0 comments

Many people are familiar with the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who refused to move to the back of an Alabama bus during the days of segregation in the South. What many people don’t know is that she was not the first to take a bold stand against injustice, nor was it a spontaneous action that day in Montgomery. Rosa Parks was a lifelong activist, and had been organizing long before

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