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
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
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
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
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
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
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the Futures Initiative kicked off the second year of our University Worth Fighting For series with the event, “Racism, Xenophobia, and Populism: The Miseducation of the Public.” We were delighted to welcome a panel of exceptional speakers, a full audience, and an engaged group of online participants for this crucial and timely discussion. The panel discussion was organized against the backdrop of the 2016 U.S.
On July 27 and 28 the Futures Initiative hosted its Peer Mentoring Workshop for the 2016-2017 Futures Initiative Peer Mentoring 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.
On May 19, we had the opportunity to celebrate all that our Faculty Fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, peer mentors, and Graduate Fellows have accomplished throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. We were able to showcase some of the work coming out of the Futures Initiative courses of the 2015-2016 academic year: Encountering Cuba – Global Race, Postcoloniality, Cultural Expression Kandice Chuh and Sujatha Fernandes Global Perspectives on Language and Education
On Monday, May 2, 2016, graduate students from the course Global Perspectives on Language and Education, shared their research on language practices across several CUNY campuses. Led be Ofelia Garcia (Graduate Center, Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) and Carmina Makar (City College, Teaching Learning and Culture), the course took place in Fall 2015. The work presented at the session will be published in the May/June 2016