Recapping the 2013-2014 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 now behind us, 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.
As for IUME, this third full year under Director Ernest Morrell marked a period of rapid growth and development in which our expansion on campus significantly changed the visibility and accessibility to the TC and larger Columbia community. 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 and Faculty Fellows) but also deepened our current projects with a greater focus on dissemination. Furthermore, more than anything, this year we have been fortunate to partner with various faculty members, institutions, and organizations both nationally and internationally. Yet, it has also been a transition year of sorts, too, as we not only adjust to being on campus and welcoming many new students to the IUME family, but constantly negotiating our role as an Institute in our 40th year in existence.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 this year was an important year to begin disseminating the research of our research fellows and affiliated scholars. Many of our graduate students recently published articles and more book chapters and books are on the horizon.
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
Thank you for being a part of IUME – this year, and every year.
Have a wonderful summer!Sincerely,