Event Recap: Understanding the IRB, Part I

By Jessica Murray|October 18, 2017|Event Recap|0 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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Recap: Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors and Allies

By Kalle Westerling|September 15, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 11, I was thrilled to host this semester’s first event in the Futures Initiative’s signature series The University Worth Fighting For: “Queer Pedagogies and Pedagogy for LGBTQ Instructors.” The event was co-sponsored by The Futures Initiative and CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, both housed at The Graduate Center, CUNY. For the past couple of years, I have been on staff for both of these organizations, and I

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Event Recap: Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies

By Frances|September 14, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On September 7, 2017, the Futures Initiative launched our new Thursday Dialogues series with a roundtable discussion on “Pedagogies of Dissent for Asian American Studies.” Although it was a slightly more formal affair than most of our Thursday Dialogues will be, we had occasion to celebrate the start of the Fall semester by welcoming Kandice Chuh (Professor of English and American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center) back from her yearlong sabbatical,

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Event Recap: Undergraduate Leadership Institute

By kashema|September 2, 2017|Event Recap, FI Events|0 comments

On August 9th, the Futures Initiative hosted its Summer Leadership Institute for the 2017-2018 Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Program, which was generously funded by the Teagle Foundation. Take a look at the full agenda of our workshop, and see the full photo set on Flickr. The workshop started with a pre-recorded message from our Founding Director, Dr. Cathy N. Davidson, welcoming the incoming cohort of Leadership Fellows and offering insight

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Recap: Futures Initiative’s Bystander Intervention Training

By Allison Guess|June 29, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5-7:30pm, the Futures Initiative held a Bystander Intervention Training as a continuation of our recent University Worth Fighting For roundtable discussion, “Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education.” This hands-on, practical workshop was an important counterpart to the initial discussion, since efforts towards transformation must not only be theoretical and limited to the classroom, but also lived, practiced and embodied. In my role

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Event Recap | Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, Social Change

By Danica Savonick|April 4, 2017|Event Recap|0 comments

  On April 3, 2017, faculty and graduate students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance gathered for this daylong symposium celebrating their work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change. Public Google Doc with notes Storify of tweets Photos 10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome & Introductions Welcome by Cathy N. Davidson Opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Kalle Westerling After FI

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Event Recap: “Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education”

By Allison Guess|March 27, 2017|Event Recap|1 comments

On Monday, March 6, 2017 from 2-4pm, the Futures Initiative held its most recent event in the University Worth Fighting For series with the roundtable discussion, “Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education.” Organized and moderated by Allison Guess, PhD student in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) and Doctoral Fellow with the Futures Initiative, we were delighted to welcome a full panel of extraordinary and groundbreaking speakers, an attentive

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Event Recap: Accessibility, Mobility, and Design

By Jessica Murray|February 22, 2017|Event Recap|0 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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Event Recap: Media Blackness

By Danica Savonick|November 16, 2016|Event Recap|1 comments

On Monday, November 14 the Futures Initiative hosted “Media Blackness,” an engaged conversation about the rendering of blackness in, across, and through multiple forms of media. The discussion included multiple perspectives on the intersections of blackness and aesthetics in film, television, digital media, and beyond. Panelists include Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY Graduate Center), Shelly Eversley (Baruch College), Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island) and Michael Gillespie (City College). The event was co-sponsored

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Event Recap: Enacting a Different STEM

By Michelle Renee Morales|November 6, 2016|Event Recap|1 comments

Gender and racial gaps continue to be a serious issue in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This past Monday, October 31st, the Futures Initiative held its second event in The University Worth Fighting For series, focusing on STEM education by discussing multiple perspectives on working against structural barriers to support equity and social justice in STEM, both in academia and industry. We were lucky to have expert panelists Jill

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