Greetings, “together we’ll make magic!”

By Frances|September 8, 2017|Announcements|0 comments

Now that the fall semester is in full swing, I thought that I would finally write to introduce myself to the Futures Initiative’s virtual communities. My name is Frances Tran and this year I will be serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow and the Interim Associate Director of the Futures Initiative, while our Director of Administration and Programs, Katina Rogers, is on parental leave. Despite the volatility of our current 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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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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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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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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Medieval Vernacular, Community Building, and Accessible Design

By Lisa Tagliaferri|November 1, 2015|Reflection|2 comments

It can sometimes be hard to explain to people that my doctoral work involves both computer programming and a 14th-century Italian saint. This could even lead to a conversation ending immediately, but sometimes people can see the connection. When I first met a polyglot Belgian friend of mine and explained to him that I was working on an MSc in the computer sciences but that I studied Italian as an

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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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Oct 22: Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill

By Allison Guess|October 8, 2015|FI Events|0 comments

  Thursday, October 22 | 1 PM to 2 PM | http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu Details WHERE:                    The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue ROOM:                      9205 WHEN:                      Thursday, October 22, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM CONTACT INFO:      futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 WATCH ONLINE:  

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