Join the Institute for Urban and Minority Education in exploring critical educational issues. One of the first university-based institutes devoted to designing research and programs to improve educational and life outcomes for people of color in urban areas, IUME has a rich history and tradition of producing cutting-edge research, developing wide-ranging educational programs, and fostering community partnerships to enhance the lives of children, youth, and adults in New York City and beyond.

In addition to our many research publications, projects, and programs, IUME is committed to communication and dialogue around important educational issues through our longstanding annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture and research colloquia. A new series, IN Conversation, brings educators, researchers, and community members together in a space for dialogue and action about issues related to urban education, considered broadly.

Our main goal continues to build upon a tradition begun over 45 years ago when IUME was founded: learning lessons from history to reimagine research, practice, and policy around current and emergent issues related to the education and development of underserved populations. IUME has always been a multi-faceted place for innovation and interdisciplinary inquiry; and it has had a significant impact on the lives of many.  

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Welcome to IUME!


Erica N. Walker

Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematical Education
Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education






6th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture | July 15th, 2019

Presented by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

"It’s ALL de jure: Turning a critical eye to the ‘Northern Strategy’"

Sponsored by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and part of the Reimagining Education Summer Institute, at Teachers College Columbia University, the Gordon Lecture continued in its 6th year in a full Cowin Auditorium.


Iume founder Dr. Edmund W. Gordon honored with portrait unveiling | July 15th, 2019

presented by President Bailey & IUME Director Erica Walker

As part of the 6th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture, IUME’s founder, of which the lecture is named, was honored in front of a standing-room only audience at Teachers College, Columbia University. A portrait of Dr. Gordon was formally unveiled for permanent display at the college.



with Dr. Mark gooden, Eagle Academy CEO David Banks, and Film Producer John Campbell

IUME’s IN Conversation series continued this past spring with a film screening of The INFAMOUS FUTURE documentary. This event was co-hosted alongside the office of Diversity and Community Affairs to highlight the new documentary that focuses on the schools’ inspiring educators and exceptional students.