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Message from the Program Director

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of the I&CE Program, 

I am sending warm greetings to all of you. The spring has just sprung in New York, the trees and flowers are blooming, and we are beginning to take a deep breath after what has been a difficult year. These past 15 months have been challenging on many different levels. With the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on all our lives, the continued violence of White supremacy targeting our Black and Asian, and Trans* communities, among others, life just seems difficult. I hope that all of you and your families are healthy and safe.

Throughout these challenges, I have become more and more in awe of our community and its resilience. There is so much to highlight and celebrate, that it just brings a smile to my face. I know that many of you cherish the printed version of this newsletter. However, we are really excited about launching this “virtual version” to coincide with another year of v-CIES. We are taking this opportunity to enhance our beloved alumni newsletter by making it more dynamic…and sustainable!

To help us begin to curate alumni profiles and updates for the newsletter and more, we ask that you please take this short survey that asks you to update your contact information and share your interests, and some good news to share with the community. 

While I wish I would be seeing all of you in person at CIES, I look forward to our virtual connections for the time being. Wishing everyone a wonderful end of the semester and a restful summer that we all need.

Oren Pizmony-Levy
Program Director

News from Campus

Our student-led journal, Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE), just published its Winter 2021 Open Issue. Read it here

CICE also has a new International Advisory Board. To learn more about our new Board members, read our interview with Marcella Winter, CICE’s editor-in-chief and doctoral student in International and Comparative Education.
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Masters' student Akshay Kashikar reflects on his experience as an intern at the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Section of the United Nations.


I&CE Student Research Highlights

Carine Verschueren
Local and global (f)actors in environmental and sustainability education policies: the case of New York City public schools
Check out this recent publication by doctoral student Carine Verschueren.
Amanda Earl
Listening to All Voices
Amanda Earl is Studying an Indigenous Language in Mexico and Helping the TC Record Expand Its Focus.
Manuel Cardoso
Policy evidence by design: International large-scale assessments and grade repetition
Check out this recent publication by doctoral student Manuel Cardoso.
Daniel Shephard
Kingdon's multiple streams approach in new political contexts: Consolidation, configuration, and new findings
Check out this recent publication co-authored by doctoral student Daniel Shephard.
Erina Iwasaki
Erina Iwasaki received the Vice President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity
Congratulations to Erina Iwasaki!

Faculty Highlights

Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Students Are More Optimistic About the Future than Their U.S.-Born Peers
Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Students Are More Optimistic About the Future than Their U.S.-Born Peers
Familiarity may breed awareness of disadvantages and discrimination, finds a new study led by TC’s S. Garnett Russell.
Hope Leichter
Sharing Dr. Hope Leichter’s work at the Columbia Global Center Beijing
Dr. Hope Leichter was a panelist in the event Reset the Future I: Educating Globally Competent Children last September.
Sharing our work in languages in international educational development
Sharing our work in languages in international educational development
Read Dr. Carol Benson's blog piece about the new Languages and Educational Development website, which is designed to highlight student research and some of our ongoing projects and collaborations focusing on multilingual education.
Felisa Tibbitts
International Human Rights Day
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts prepared a blog for International Human Rights Day 2020, which includes an interview with Nils Muiznieks who is currently the Regional Director for Europe for Amnesty International.
World Teachers Day
On World Teachers Day, A Call to Recognize and Support Those Working in Emergency Conditions
TC’s Mary Mendenhall and co-authors spotlight an often-unpaid workforce that serves more than 75 million displaced children.
Ji Liu and Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Human Capital Index and the hidden penalty for non-participation in ILSAs
Check out this recent publication by Ji Liu (PhD 2018) and Gita Steiner-Khamsi.
Regina Cortina
Prof. Regina Cortina: Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education
Watch Professor Cortina's talk on Decolonial Theories in Comparative Education at the Global Education Colloquium.
Oren Pizmony-Levy and students
Professor Oren Pizmony-Levy receives the 2020 Innovative Curriculum Development in CIE Award at vCIES
Congratulations to Professor Pizmony-Levy!
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