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History of IUME

For over forty years, IUME has used advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and seek to improve the quality of life chances through education in the communities of urban and minority peoples. Founded by Edmund W. Gordon in 1974, the Institute continues his vision by focusing on the implications of population diversity in the context of the demand for pluralistic competencies for the design and management of teaching and learning transactions in schools and other environments for education.

Today IUME's objective of fostering the development of communities of color is more critical than ever. Our many research initiatives examine what matters most in education--students, teachers, and communities--through innovative and ground-breaking. Recent efforts and initiatives also include increasing university and community partnerships to promote institutional services in the community as well as civic engagement and social responsibility. Our work of the Institute is supported by Teachers College, the College Board, the Educational Testing Service, contracts with governmental agencies, and grants from philanthropic foundations. Read more about The History of IUME [PDF]

In 2011, Dr. Ernest Morrell was hired as the new Director of IUME, launching a new era of the Institute. After spending almost decade at the Theresa Tower in Harlem, IUME recently moved back on to the Teachers College main campus, and can be found at Zankel 112. 

IUME: Celebrating a New Era and Honoring Our Past at the Theresa Tower in Harlem