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Office of International Affairs
Address: President’s House, 2nd Floor
Box: 4 * Phone: (212) 678-4008 * Fax: (212) 678-4133 * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Portia Williams
Featured Work Around the World
Learn about how TC faculty, students, and alumni are making significant contributions across the globe.
“Speech therapy is not high up on the list for support from the big global foundations. Yet, we believe that communication is a fundamental human right. In many countries there is little access to speech therapy so when we work internationally we’re always thinking about what we can do so that when we leave people can continue to receive quality services.”
Dr. Catherine Crowley, Professor of Practice, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences
“There aren’t answers now, but we keep trying. It’s very existential in a way. We always want to believe we can change the world, but the world’s a lot more complicated than we think—and a lot more connected than we think.”
Selma Zaki, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
“When we started building the vision, we started with STEM, but as we studied more about learning and the importance of the arts in bringing in a different model of thinking and researching, we came to understand that incorporating the Arts into STEM would enrich our proposal and offer an opportunity to bring the arts to the high school curriculum.”
Cristiana Mattos Assumpção, Ed.D., Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, 2002
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11/15/17: "What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment" a workshop by Dan Beaudry, author of Power Ties: The International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the United States, and co-sponsored by OIS, CEPD and Office for Diversity and Community Affairs as part of International Education Week 2017.
Congratulations to Professor Patricia Martínez-Álvarez, recipient of the Fall 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "Curriculum and Instruction for Bilingual Students With and Without Disabilities."
10/26/17: TC Grand Rounds - "Beyond Surgery: Smile Train's Global Initiatives to Increase Capacity for Speech Therapy for Cleft Palate Patients," by Pamela Sheeran, MPA, Smile Train Vice President for Comprehensive Care
Pamela Sheeran, MPA and Dr. Cate Crowley
10/19/17: Teachers College welcomed the Vice President & Vice Principal of King's College London, Professor Funmi Olonisakin, and the Director of Global Engagement, Dr. Tania Lima. The delegation met with President Fuhrman and Dr. Williams to celebrate future collaborations in teacher education.
9/18/17: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of Vice President Qi and other senior administrators from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), a local partner for the TCSOL/TESOL Summer Dual Certificate Program in Beijing. The delegation met with President Fuhrman, Vice Provost Goss, Professor Han, Professor Lindhardsen, Dr. Williams, and Haimei Sun to learn more about online education and to discuss further collaborations.
8/16/17: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of educators from Nigeria. The group toured the TC campus and met with the Office of Teacher Education (OTE): Dr. Dwight Manning, Suzanne Pratt, Aimee Katembo and Julia Yu. A TC doctoral student pursuing research in Nigeria, Tobore Egborge, also joined the meeting.
06/07/2017: Teachers College welcomed a delegation of President Peng and other senior administration from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) along with the Consul and Vice Consul of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Mr. Wenhua Wang and Mr. Zhe Qiao, respectively. The delegation met with TC Provost Thomas James, Dr. Cheng Davis, Professor ZhaoHong Han, and Dr. Portia Williams to learn more about TC’s teacher training and development activities.
From left to right: President Peng of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Provost James
Noura Ibrahim Almarri, Director of Special Education Department and Aisha Saif Alsiri, Director of Health and Physical Fitness from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education met with TC's Dr. Angel Wang, Dr. Maria Hartman, Dr. Pamela Koch and Dr. Isobel Contento to discuss special education, nutrition and physical fitness in the UAE.
"Psychology Beyond Borders: Lessons from Kashmir, Sudan, Palestine and Burma/Myanmar. A Focus on the Intersectionality of Mental Health Disparities and Political Oppression" | April 21, 2017
Hosted by TC student group, In Fluency, and co-sponsored by OIA, the panel featured health experts and activists from around the world and focused on the relationship between activism and mental health services specifically in the countries of Kashmir, Sudan, Palestine, and Myanmar/Burma.
From left to right: Dr. Portia Williams, Dr. Maria Hartman, Ameera Amir and Dr. Ye Wang meet to discuss education for the deaf and hard of hearing in the UAE.
The first Columbia Future China Education Forum was held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in TC's Cowin Auditorium. Hosted by the Future China Initiative (FCI) and co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), the forum was a great success with more than 300 Columbia University (CU) and non-CU participants and over 450 individuals participating via live stream. In addition, over 100 students attended the job fair. Congratulations to FCI!
Congratulations to Professor Mary Mendenhall for her feature in "Despite Inclusive Policies, Refugee Children Face Major Obstacles to Education" showcasing her work with urban refugee education. You can read the article on the National Education Association's website.
ANNOUNCING THE TC IMMERSION PROGRAM 2017: Enrollment for newly admitted students will open soon. Please visit the website to learn more and apply!
January 31, 2017
The 2014 - 2015 recipients of the Global Investment Fund (GIF) met to discuss the exciting new updates on their projects and plans for future work both internationally and here at TC!
From left to right: Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Dr. Portia Williams (OIA Executive Director), Dr. Erika Levy, Dr. Helen Verdeli & Dr. Madhabi Chatterji
Congratulations to our amazing doctoral research fellow, Liz Pessin, on her marriage! We're so happy for you and we wish you only happiness and joy!