FI Grad Fellows: Where Are They Now?

By Katina|November 28, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

With 2017 drawing to a close, the Futures Initiative team has been looking back and looking forward. Many of our graduate fellows have completed their fellowships and moved onto other roles; we are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to following their future careers! Michael Dorsch, Ph.D. Candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences: As one of the inaugural Futures Initiative Graduate Fellows, Michael spearheaded research-based projects like the

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New Beginnings

By Katina|November 8, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

After my daughter was born in 2014, I couldn’t believe how hard it was to avoid clichés when everything was so startlingly new to me. She was growing so fast, I felt so much joy and so much exhaustion, I worried about diaper rash and breastfeeding and the state of the world. Thoughts of health and growth and happiness and safety—just like every new parent, ever. So many things I

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Professor Ofelia García’s Remarks Upon President Emmanuel Macron’s (of the Republic of France) visit to the Graduate Center

By Allison Guess|September 28, 2017|Announcements, Of interest, Reflection, Uncategorized|0 comments

Last month on September 20, 2017, Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow, Professor Ofelia García of Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, offered her remarks upon President Emmanuel Macron’s (of the Republic of France) visit to the Graduate Center. Read Dr. Ofelia Garcia’s full speech below:   “Buenas tardes Monsieur le président, Madame Macron, Monsieur Blanquer and distinguished guests, Au nom du Graduate Center de l’ Université de la ville

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The Top Three Things I’ve Learned as PhD Student

By kashema|August 9, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

One of my colleagues sent me this article by Te-Erika Patterson about why so many graduate students quit their studies. The various reasons include health and interactions with faculty. I have heard of students getting ulcers and other digestive ailments, throughout the semester. I also have suffered with my own ailments. From what I have gathered, attaining a Ph.D is more than just reading and completing assignments—it is also political.

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Pausing to Reflect

By Katina|June 19, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

This has been… a big year. While the Futures Initiative team and I formally reflect on the past year through the exercise of writing and designing our annual report, and while we plan for an unusual year ahead, I’d like to take a moment and offer a more personal reflection as well. In working on our annual report, I and others on our team have been struck by how much the

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Final Projects from Students in “The Arts of Dissent” at Queens College

By Danica Savonick|May 19, 2017|Announcements, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This semester students in my ENG 241 course at Queens College took what they learned and co-created their own “arts of dissent”: original websites, videos, timelines, lesson plans, poetry, photography, and drawings. (I’ve included the rationale for this assignment at the bottom of this post.) Want to know what Queens College students think about 2017? They think stereotypes about immigrants are inaccurate & dangerous, that Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric should

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Practicing what we preach?

By Katina|October 20, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

Today, our Futures Initiative team—graduate students, postdoc, and staff—will be taking a step back to consider how we are doing relative to our stated programmatic goals. The two things that I find most important about this temperature check are (1) that the suggestion came from within the group, not from administration; and (2) that we’ll be pausing to evaluate not only our public-facing work, but also the quieter, less visible

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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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CUNY-NLP Talk Recap: Dr. Elena Filatova’s Look at Sarcasm

By Michelle Renee Morales|September 28, 2016|Events of Interest, Reflection|0 comments

The first CUNY-NLP Talk was held this Monday, September 26, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate Center. The CUNY-NLP Talk Series is a student organized series of lectures, which cover various topics of Natural Language Processing research. Invited speakers are usually experienced academics and industry folks, with a mixed audience of computer scientists and (computational) linguists in attendance. We started off the semester with an interesting (and funny!) talk from Professor

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