Research

Part of our work at the Futures Initiative is conducting meaningful, high-level research and connecting it to the wider world in creative ways. Specifically, we focus on continued research and outreach on matters related to equity, diversity, technology, and public support in higher education. Past and current projects conducted by Futures Initiative leadership and fellows include: Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, a book on career pathways and graduate education reform; Gender Bias in Academe, an annotated bibliography documenting CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project; Sociodemographics Map of NYC; Futures Initiative’s Mobile App Project; and the Futures Initiative’s Network Analysis Project.


Impact of Covid-19 on California Community College Enrollment and Students’ Outcomes - Impact of Covid-19 on California Community College Enrollment and Students’ Outcomes **This essay is a reflection on the paper entitled, The Impact

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Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and the Public Good: Transfer Pathways from Community Colleges to Independent Colleges -   **This essay is a reflection on the “Playbook for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts: How to Design and Implement Statewide

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Announcing the 2022 Grant Winners! - Congratulations to this year’s recipients! The Futures Initiative awarded the Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grant to 12 students and the

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Honoring Mr. Wayne Wong - 75 years ago, Wayne Wong brought home a wooden box from Japan. He buried it under his house, where it sat undisturbed

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Building a Research-Learning Community of the CUNY Humanities Alliance: Recap on the Internal Research Forum of the CUNY Humanities Alliance - The CUNY Humanities Alliance had the first internal research forum on Friday, November 12. After Sujung Kim, a senior research specialist of

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green border, black icons on white background showing a microscope, computers, chart, and document with magnifying glass Announcing the 2020-2021 Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Winners - Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences grants! Each recipient will present about their work in a

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Apply now! Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants, 2021 -   Apply here by April 4, 2021 The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce the fifth annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts &

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green border, black icons on white background showing a microscope, computers, chart, and document with magnifying glass Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Book Launch Video and Q&A - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Dr. Teresa Mangum at the University of Iowa to celebrate the launch of Putting

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Photo by Daniel Jensen on Unsplash Thinking through a pandemic: reflections & resources from humanities and social sciences - Cihan: On March 10, when the Futures Initiative team was preparing to start working remotely, I started to write a few paragraphs

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What if graduate education serves ALL students and the public good? - Last fall, we issued a call for proposals to scholars across the U.S. to think together with us on these questions: How

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Inclusive or Exclusive: Reimagining Classrooms as Transnational Spaces - Workshop participants taking a picture as a group performance. Under the aggravated anti-immigration policies and politics of the Trump administration, we designed

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White text on blue background: The Graduate Center Logo, The Thought Project Podcast, and a line drawing of a lightbulb The Thought Project: Podcast episode on Putting the PhD to Work and the CUNY Humanities Alliance - I was delighted to join the Graduate Center’s Director of Media Relations, Tanya Domi, on January 15, 2020 to record an episode

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Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Updates, abstracts, and more - I’m delighted to share that Putting the Humanities PhD to Work is in production at Duke University Press, and should be out

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Voluntarily Exiled? Korean State’s Cultural Politics of Young Adults’ Social Belonging and Korean Students’ Exile to a US Community College - ** This essay is originally posted on the CUNY Humanities Alliance website: http://cunyhumanitiesalliance.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=2697&action=edit)** I am pleased to share my research paper entitled,

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green border, black icons on white background showing a microscope, computers, chart, and document with magnifying glass Congratulations, 2019 Lennihan Grant Recipients! - The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce this year’s recipients for the Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants. Thanks to a

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Empowering Students & Creating Social Change through the Humanities - Result of the Humanities Alliance Postconference Survey ** This essay is also cross-posted on the Humanities Alliance and the HASTAC websites. The

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green border, black icons on white background showing a microscope, computers, chart, and document with magnifying glass Announcing the Second Annual Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant Winners - The Futures Initiative is pleased to announce that the second annual Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants will be awarded to

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Photo of colored pencils in sparkling water Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work - I’m excited to announce that Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work: Theory, Practice, and Models for Thriving Beyond the Classroom is in contract with

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Laptop cartoon FI App: Getting Started Tips - In my last post, I announced my FI research project, which aims to build a tool that can benefit both the FI

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Laptop cartoon Developing the FI Events Mobile App - As part of our mission at the Futures Initiative, we conduct research projects aimed at understanding the complexities of the higher education

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CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project
Michael Dorsch and students in Global Perspectives on Language and Education

In conjunction with the Fall 2015 Futures Initiative sponsored course Global Perspectives on Language and Education—CUNY Language Diversity and Global Language Learning Policies, Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow Michael Dorsch led a research project to map the languages spoken across New York City and to compare the languages spoken in communities closest to each of CUNY’s campuses with language education opportunities offered at each campus. The CUNY NYC Language Mapping Project is hosted on a new Futures Initiative website and includes results of the analysis, interpretation of the results, and an interactive map built using CartoDB that allows users to toggle through different languages spoken across New York City for close analysis of neighborhoods throughout the city and close to CUNY. The interactive map also allows users to navigate snapshots of the languages taught at CUNY campuses and the languages spoken in the communities around those campuses. The results highlight not only CUNY’s incredible linguistic diversity, but also opportunities for greater support and new scholarship on language policy in higher education.