Oct 31: Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”

By Mike Rifino|October 10, 2016|FI Events|1 comments

Monday, October 31 | 1 PM to 3 PM EDT | bit.ly/fight4edu-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Co-sponsored by HASTAC, GC Digital Initiatives, the Software Studies Initiative, the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, and America Needs You. Description Join the Futures Initiative on October 31st from 1-3pm for Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity.” The discussion will include multiple perspectives on working against structural barriers to support equity and social justice in STEM, both in

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Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Courses (CLOSED)

By Katina|September 8, 2016|Announcements|1 comments

Call for Proposals: Futures Initiative 2017-2018 Courses **Application period has closed. Please watch for a new CFP in Fall 2017 for 2018-2019 courses.** Focus: Diversity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovative and Engaged Graduate Student Teaching Methods Structure: Team-Taught Graduate Courses with CUNY Colleagues Enhancements: Faculty Research Funds, Program and Technological Support, Pedagogy Workshops Fields:  All Fields Welcome Due Date: November 1, 2016 Proposal Submission Form Once again in 2017-2018, the Futures Initiative is pleased to

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Special Journal Issue on Linguistic Diversity Published by Futures Initiative Students

By Katina|July 5, 2016|Announcements|0 comments

We are delighted to announce that graduate students in the Fall 2015 Futures Initiative course on Global Perspectives on Language and Education have published a collection of their work in Bellaterra Journal of Teaching and Learning Language and Literature. The special issue, “Linguistic Diversity, Equity, and Pedagogical Innovation in Higher Education,” was edited by students Demet Arpacik, María Cioè-Peña & Benjamin Kinsella, with Maryann Polesinelli & Esteban Rodríguez. The monograph reports on the results of a series

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Faculty Fellow Gillian Bayne and Aderinsola Gilbert at Teach@CUNY Day

By Lisa Tagliaferri|May 23, 2016|Reflection|0 comments

Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow Gillian Bayne and Urban Education Ph.D. student Aderinsola Gilbert led an exciting and productive workshop during Teach@CUNY Day on May 2, 2016. “Advancing STEM Teaching and Learning in New York City’s Metropolis was part of the “Diversity in CUNY’s Classrooms” track of Teach@CUNY Day. This workshop explored how faculty in STEM disciplines can utilize student’s cultural capital to increase their enthusiasm for and interest in course

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OutReachy Mentor/Internship: May 23-Aug 23

By Allison Guess|March 21, 2016|Events of Interest, Of interest|0 comments

Interested in software freedom, mentoring and interning for in a free open source software initiative? The outreachy internship will allow you to use your programing, documenting and/or design skils to work with an experienced mentor. According to their website, “Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We [They] provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused

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On Building a Community in the Classroom

By Ryan Donovan|March 10, 2016|Pedagogy Guide, Peer mentoring, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This blog is a reflection on implementing strategies and tools I learned as a student in the inaugural course offered by the Futures Initiative in Spring 2015 at The Graduate Center/CUNY. Though my students gave me permission to write about their experiences, I have intentionally obscured any identifying details.   In the second week of the semester, my students were assigned to give introductory speeches to the class. As this is

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Dec 8: Conversations on Race and Other Diversities

By Allison Guess|November 11, 2015|Events of Interest, Of interest|1 comments

As a part of the GC’s 2015 Fall Keynote Events, you will not want to miss Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole in conversation with Stanley Nelson, director and producer of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Details WHERE: The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue ROOM: C200: Proshansky Auditorium WHEN: December 08, 2015: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM ADMISSION: Free, Reservations Required RESERVATIONS: Reserve Now See more here.

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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October 20, Dean’s Seminar on Immigration at CCNY

By Allison Guess|September 28, 2015|Events of Interest|0 comments

On Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9pm, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership will host a Dean’s Seminar on Immigration in American Life at City College of New York. Several great conversations in this seminar are planned including Dr. Stanley Thangaraj’s “Sporting Cultures between Model Minority and Terrorist” on Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 7:45pm. Dr. Thangaraj is the author of the newly published book titled, Desi Hoop Dreams:

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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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