Mission

For over forty years, IUME has used advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and seek to improve the quality of life chances of communities of color through education in urban contexts. Part of Teachers College, Columbia University, the Institute continues the vision of its founder, Dr. Edmund Gordon, to explore critical questions, develop interdisciplinary research programs to address important issues, and facilitate dialogue and dissemination of ideas and solutions to pressing educational problems.

Today IUME's objective of fostering the development of communities of color is more important than ever. Our many initiatives examine what matters most in education--students, teachers, and communities--through innovative and ground-breaking research and practice.

Staff, Fellows, and Students

Chris Emdin, Ph.D.  Associate Director

Chris Emdin, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Veronica Holly, M.A.  Assistant Director

Veronica Holly, M.A.
Assistant Director

Sandra Overo, M.Div   Program Coordinator

Sandra Overo, M.Div
Program Coordinator

Angela M. Gooden, MLS  Research Associate

Angela M. Gooden, MLS Research Associate

Limarys Caraballo, Ed.D   Senior Research Fellow

Limarys Caraballo, Ed.D
Senior Research Fellow

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.   Senior Research Fellow

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow

Edmund Adjapong, Ph.D.   Visiting Faculty Fellow 2018-2019

Edmund Adjapong, Ph.D.
Visiting Faculty Fellow 2018-2019

Joseph Nelson, Ph.D.  Visiting Faculty Fellow 2018-2019

Joseph Nelson, Ph.D. Visiting Faculty Fellow 2018-2019

Brennan Dubose, Ph.D.  Research Fellow 2018-2019

Brennan Dubose, Ph.D.
Research Fellow 2018-2019

Moira Pirsch, Ph.D.   Research Fellow 2018-2019

Moira Pirsch, Ph.D.
Research Fellow 2018-2019

Barry Goldenberg, M.A.  Graduate Fellow

Barry Goldenberg, M.A.
Graduate Fellow

Phillip A. Smith, M.A.  Graduate Fellow

Phillip A. Smith, M.A.
Graduate Fellow

Rhonesha Blache, M.Ed.  Graduate Fellow

Rhonesha Blache, M.Ed.
Graduate Fellow

Moises Lopez                              Graduate Fellow

Moises Lopez Graduate Fellow

Dyanne Baptist                      Graduate Fellow

Dyanne Baptist Graduate Fellow

Mari Takeda                          Research Assistant

Mari Takeda Research Assistant

Rachael Norman  Research Assistant

Rachael Norman Research Assistant

KerriAnne Sejour  Research Assistant

KerriAnne Sejour Research Assistant


Jonthon Coulson  Research Assistant

Jonthon Coulson Research Assistant

D.L. Moffitt  Research Assistant

D.L. Moffitt Research Assistant

Michael McKenzie  Research Assistant

Michael McKenzie Research Assistant

Joseph Riina-Ferrie  Research Assistant

Joseph Riina-Ferrie Research Assistant

 

Faculty and Research Affiliates

Edmund Adjapong, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor of Education Studies, Seton Hall University

Edmund Adjapong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education Studies, Seton Hall University

Arshad Ali, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor of Educational Research, George Washington University

Arshad Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Research, George Washington University

Limarys Caraballo, Ed.D   Associate Professor of Education, Queens College, CUNY

Limarys Caraballo, Ed.D
Associate Professor of Education, Queens College, CUNY

Sonya Douglass Horsford, Ed.D.  Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sonya Douglass Horsford, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Chris Emdin, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Chris Emdin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Ansley Erickson, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Ansley Erickson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Edmund W. Gordon, Ph.D.  IUME Founder and Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

Edmund W. Gordon, Ph.D.
IUME Founder and Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

Michael Hines, Ph.D.  Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University

Michael Hines, Ph.D.
Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University

Mark Gooden, Ph.D.  Christian Johnson Endeavor Professor of Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Mark Gooden, Ph.D. Christian Johnson Endeavor Professor of Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Felicia M. Mensah, Ph.D.   Professor of Science and Education, and Associate Dean, Teachers College, Columbia University

Felicia M. Mensah, Ph.D.
Professor of Science and Education, and Associate Dean, Teachers College, Columbia University

Joseph Nelson, Ph.D.  Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Joseph Nelson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Detra Price-Dennis, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Elementary and Inclusive Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Detra Price-Dennis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Elementary and Inclusive Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sonali Rajan, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sonali Rajan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Michelle G. Knight-Manuel, Ph.D.  Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Michelle G. Knight-Manuel, Ph.D. Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lalitha Vasudevan, Ph.D.  Professor of Technology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lalitha Vasudevan, Ph.D. Professor of Technology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Cally Waite, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Cally Waite, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Amy Stuart Wells, Ph.D.  Professor of Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Amy Stuart Wells, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

 

History

The Institute for Urban and Minority Education, part of Teachers College, Columbia University since 1973, is committed to improving the quality of education for urban and minority children and youth and to better understanding their educational, psychological, and social development, as well as the experiences in the home, neighborhoods, communities, and larger society that determine opportunities for development and social mobility.

IUME has approached the problem of improving the quality of education for urban and minority students in three ways:

I.

By conceptualizing fundamental problems and conducting research to discover their solutions.

II.

 By translating and applying research knowledge in practical situations.

III.

By developing new programs, techniques, instruments, and materials that can be used in a variety of educational settings.

In its thirty-year experience of running the federally-funded ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education gained expertise in purveying information services to a wide constituency and became a respected source of research knowledge in the area of urban and minority education. In doing so, IUME helped educators and researchers define and develop the field of urban education by providing direct information services to parents, community members, and education professionals. Over the years IUME has also offered training and workshops to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members.

More recently, IUME and its affiliated faculty have continued to focus on the development of underserved communities, focusing their work on the impact of supplementary education, youth participatory action research, social and racial justice curriculum and professional development on teaching and learning within and beyond schools. True to IUME’s interdisciplinary focus, affiliated faculty and their research reflect a wide variety of interests, including psychology, literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), history, policy, and health.

IUME’s work is supported by Teachers College, Columbia University, governmental agencies, and foundations.