Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!Hello to all the educators, activists, students, parents, community members, and scholars,
Well, it is hard to believe that another academic year has passed! With the commencement ceremonies and convocations at our doorstep, newly minted graduates are set to go out into the world and enact the change that they have theorized about and practiced often during their time at Teachers College. We are so proud of all our IUME graduates, particularly Crystal Belle and Jamila Lyiscott, newly minted Ph.D.'s!
for IUME, this fourth full year under Director Ernest Morrell marked a period of
continued rapid growth. Our second year on campus significantly
changed the visibility and accessibility to the TC and larger Columbia
community -- and our offices are finally decorated with posters from our past events! This year continued to be an exciting time of innovation and
rejuvenation for the Institute, as this year we continued our past event series -- such as the IUME Colloquia series, which set a record at seven individual colloquia this year! -- but also deepened our current
projects with a greater focus on dissemination. New publications such as articles and book chapters from students and staff are being shared, and we had almost countless presentations about this important work. Furthermore, more than
anything, this year we have been fortunate to partner with various faculty
members, institutions, and organizations both nationally and internationally, particularly with our still-new visible role on campus.
We must remember, then, that IUME’s foundation is, and
always will be, research – specifically, research as a form of a social
justice. It is the research that drives IUME and is at the heart of what we do
and why we do it. We must continue to advance the interests of the
disenfranchised through community and student-driven yet rigorous research that
illustrates the often-hidden brilliance of youth. The last few years we have
sponsored and co-sponsored numerous events, but again, this year was an important year
to begin disseminating the research of our research fellows and affiliated
scholars. Each year, the dynamic of IUME team changes -- this year, we had a number of advanced doctoral students and advanced masters students, in addition to well-connected affiliated scholars, all of which continued their on-going research.
Overall, it was a highly successful year, yet, it was not done in isolation – we owe this success to you! To the teachers, to the researchers, to the volunteers, to the community leaders, to the parents, and mostly, to the beautiful youth we encounter each day. Thank you to those who dedicate your lives to this work and for supporting the Institute whether by attending one of our campus events or participating in a research project. Frankly, we are humbled by your support and dedication in being part of a coalition of passionate people committed to improving the future of our children and our communities. Yet, as we well know, we all have much work to do – we must continue to come together in the pursuit of social justice for the sake of the brilliant students who are unfairly marginalized in schools all across the world each and every day. And we promise to do that by being on the forefront of cutting edge research.
Have a wonderful summer and congratulations to all the graduates!