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.  

We invite you to join the IUME community – and to learn more about IUME through these pages.

Welcome to IUME!


Erica N. Walker

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





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5th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture | July 16th, 2018

Presented by Dr. Angela Valenzuela

"Liberating Ways of Knowing: The Struggle for Ethnic Studies and the Educators We Need"

Sponsored by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and the Reimagining Education Summer Institute, at Teachers College Columbia University


In Conversation | may 9th, 2018

with Dr. Sonya Horsford

As part of IUME’s IN Conversation series, Professor Horsford and IUME Graduate Fellow, Phillip A. Smith discussed Dr. Horsford’s current research interests focused on the politics of race, urban school leadership, and education policy in the post-Civil Rights Era. 


In Conversation | april 21st, 2018

Black Panther And the Superhero as Educator A Panel Discussion on the Film And Its Implications for Education, Research and Practice

This panel discussion took place during the annual Teachers College Diversity in Education Conference last April, and  explored the historical, literary and STEM focused themes depicted in the movie and its relevance to educational practice.