Author Archives: Michael Dorsch

About Michael Dorsch

Michael is a doctoral student specializing in geography in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches in the Department of Geography at Hunter College, CUNY and also conducts research with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. His research interests include using tools from geographic information systems and techniques from analytic cartography to visualize social and environmental inequities related to negative environmental exposures from energy production and industrial/post-industrial sites. Michael blogs on issues related to society/environment interactions, and his full CV is available at http://www.earthoutlook.org.

May 2 – Global Perspectives on Language and Education Policy Research Poster and Outreach Session

By Michael Dorsch|April 26, 2016|FI Events|0 comments

Monday, May 2 | 4:30-5:30 PM Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: 9204 WHEN: Monday, May 2, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM EDT CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 Description Students from Global Perspectives on Language and Education, a Futures Initiative course led be Ofelia Garcia and Carmina Makar in Fall 2015, will share their research on language practices throughout diverse CUNY campuses. Through the use of posters,

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How to Prepare the Most Effective Conference Presentations: A Futures Initiative Discussion

By Michael Dorsch|March 23, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

We’ve all as graduate students and academic professionals struggled through the rituals and anxiety of preparing for conference presentations. While the traditional conference panel format of panelists reading their paper is slowly being revolutionized for more interactive and engaging formats, it can often time be difficult to navigate how to prepare for a conference presentation when the format may be in the traditional conference presentation style of panelists reading through

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Diversity in Social Research Methods: Embracing More Representative Understandings of Equity and Social Justice

By Michael Dorsch|February 3, 2016|Reflection, Research|0 comments

Our research work at the Futures Initiative in our inaugural and second years has explored questions of access and diversity that are central to our mission of promoting equity and innovation in higher education. Last year, with the CUNY Sociodemographics Map of NYC project, we explored the racial and ethnic characteristics of neighborhoods around CUNY’s 26 senior and community colleges as well as around CUNY’s professional and graduate schools throughout

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2015-2016 Futures Initiative Research Projects Update

By Michael Dorsch|October 19, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

Diversity and equity in higher education are foundational pillars of the Futures Initiative’s mission. Last year, we carried out research projects that began to look at equity specifically in the case of the City University of New York with the CUNY Maps of New York, one of which looked at race and ethnicity of students enrolled at CUNY campuses and compared those with the race and ethnicity makeup of the

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Public Higher Education as the Pathway to Resilience

By Michael Dorsch|September 4, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

I have recently been looking back on my first year as a Futures Initiative fellow, on all of the amazing things we accomplished in 2014-2015—our inaugural year—and also looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we face both as an organization promoting innovation and equity in the classroom and as part of a broader movement fighting for continued support and funding for public higher education programs and for making quality

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The CUNY Sociodemographic Map of NYC Part II: Race and Ethnicity Revisited

By Michael Dorsch|February 20, 2015|Mapping|2 comments

Read Part 1 In the Fall of 2014, as the first research activity of the new Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, we embarked on a student-led project we are calling the CUNY Map of NYC. This is actually a series of maps that we will be working on throughout this semester, several of which will be the work of students in a dozen courses at CUNY campuses. These are

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Video Posted from Mapping The Futures of Higher Education Session 2 – Feb. 10, 2015

By Michael Dorsch|February 19, 2015|Class Recap|0 comments

On February 10, 2015 we opened the second session of Mapping the Futures of Higher Education with a discussion and Q&A session on William Kelly’s “Forgotten Alternatives” and Cathy Davidson’s “Changing Higher Ed from the Classroom Up” Highlights form the discussion: Issue of preparation before students get to college—biggest indicator of whether they will graduate. CUNY schools provide underprepared students a big lift. Least prepared students are entering community colleges;

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CUNY Sociodemographics Map of New York City: Part I – Race and Ethnicity

By Michael Dorsch|February 10, 2015|Mapping|8 comments

CUNY schools serve a student population as diverse as NYC itself—and sometimes more so By: Michael Dorsch, Futures Initiative Fellow and Doctoral Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York Read Part 2 Key Points: Across the CUNY system overall, race and ethnicity enrollment characteristics tend to match the race and ethnicity characteristics of the neighboring communities. The percentages of Hispanic, Non-Hispanic Black, and Non-Hispanic Asian students

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Visualizing the Growth of HASTAC and HASTAC Scholars

By Michael Dorsch|January 30, 2015|Research|0 comments

HASTAC has increased from a few hundred members in 2002 to a thriving online community that now includes more than 13,000 humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists working together to transform the future of learning. The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program has also expanded with 55 students in the program in 2008-2009 to 242 students in 2013-2014. As The Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY join the ongoing community discussions within HASTAC,

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Reflections on Futures Initiative Open Session: Rethinking Evaluation and Assessment in Online and Blended Learning Environments

By Michael Dorsch|December 19, 2014|FI Events, Reflection|0 comments

On December 8th, Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education, joined us for a Futures Initiative Open Session. This was a very topical kick-off to our Open Sessions as we are gearing up for our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education, being co-taught by Dr. Cathy Davidson and Dr. William Kelly in the Spring 2015 semester. Dr. Picciano, who attended Hunter

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