Apr 14: Teaching as Social Justice

By Mike Rifino|March 23, 2016|FI Events|

Thursday, April 14 | 1 PM to 2 PM EDT | http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu |#teach4justice | RSVP Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: 9204-9205 WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 Description How can teaching address the unequal distribution of resources, wealth, privilege, and opportunity along axes of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability? Join us at the Graduate Center on Thursday, April 14 from 1-2pm

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Diversity in Social Research Methods: Embracing More Representative Understandings of Equity and Social Justice

By Michael Dorsch|February 3, 2016|Reflection, Research|

Our research work at the Futures Initiative in our inaugural and second years has explored questions of access and diversity that are central to our mission of promoting equity and innovation in higher education. Last year, with the CUNY Sociodemographics Map of NYC project, we explored the racial and ethnic characteristics of neighborhoods around CUNY’s 26 senior and community colleges as well as around CUNY’s professional and graduate schools throughout

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Why We Started HASTAC: Changing Learning, Institutions, and Society for Social Justice

By Cathy Davidson|November 28, 2015|Reflection|

HASTAC since its inception has had several pillars (and the Futures Initiative, for CUNY and the Graduate Center), embodies those as well.  HASTAC has been a “free and open community” from the beginning, open to anyone who signs onto the website and observes our principles of respect and contributes to our wide-ranging areas of interest embodied, in the most general way, by the slogan:  “Changing the Way We Teach and

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Dec 8: Conversations on Race and Other Diversities

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

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.

Now through 8/28: Towards a Pedagogy of Equality #fight4edu

By Danica Savonick|August 17, 2015|FI Events|

  You are invited to join the Futures Initiative for a live-streamed, one-hour workshop on engaged pedagogy as a way of modeling a more egalitarian society.  The workshop will take place on August 28 at 1 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, rm. 9204, and will be facilitated by Professor Cathy Davidson. This workshop opens The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to

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Recent podcasts on racial injustice in schools

By Danica Savonick|August 14, 2015|Of interest|

Discipline in schools and the school-to-prison pipeline: This American Life, “Is This Working?” – see also Huffington Post 3/20/15 “As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police.”  Schools are increasingly relying on police officers to solve routine problems. This increases the likelihood that students will end up in prison. Students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately targeted. Segregated schools: “Three Miles” and “The

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Educational equality and racial integration

By Katina|August 6, 2015|Reflection|

Educational equality is on my mind constantly these days—it’s a central tenet of our mission at the Futures Initiative and a core value for CUNY. Even though we focus on higher education, the role of K-12 public schools looms large. SAT scores are a great indication not of aptitude or achievement, but of average family income. The experiences that kids have in public schools affect whether they go to college, graduate, and

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Minority Achievement Gap in Math

By Katina|July 27, 2015|Events of Interest, Of interest|

[The following post is by Evan Misshula, Spring 2015 Futures Initiative Teaching Fellow. It is cross-posted from his website.] It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. ~ Sofia Kovalevskaya Respecting our students helps them (and us) Linked below is an excellent but long presentation on the gaps in minority achievement in mathematics and the reasons for their persistence from the Mathematical Association of America.

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The CUNY Sociodemographic Map of NYC Part II: Race and Ethnicity Revisited

By Michael Dorsch|February 20, 2015|Mapping|

Read Part 1 In the Fall of 2014, as the first research activity of the new Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, we embarked on a student-led project we are calling the CUNY Map of NYC. This is actually a series of maps that we will be working on throughout this semester, several of which will be the work of students in a dozen courses at CUNY campuses. These are

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CUNY Sociodemographics Map of New York City: Part I – Race and Ethnicity

By Michael Dorsch|February 10, 2015|Mapping|

CUNY schools serve a student population as diverse as NYC itself—and sometimes more so By: Michael Dorsch, Futures Initiative Fellow and Doctoral Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York Read Part 2 Key Points: Across the CUNY system overall, race and ethnicity enrollment characteristics tend to match the race and ethnicity characteristics of the neighboring communities. The percentages of Hispanic, Non-Hispanic Black, and Non-Hispanic Asian students

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