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Office of International Affairs

OIA is responsible for coordinating, developing, and expanding the scope of TC's international initiatives. The office acts as a liaison between internal and international entities, sets guidelines for collaboration and serves as a clearing house for international information and resources. Read More ...

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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:

Director: Portia Williams

Featured Work Around the World

Learn about how TC faculty, students, and alumni are making significant contributions across the globe.


“When you do work as an anthropologist, you don’t just do short-term work – you establish relationships and dialogues that go on for years.”

Professor Nicholas Limerick, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Education, Department of International and Transcultural Studies


"From homophobia and bullying, to lack of support from the school administration and lack of representation in curriculum, I was unable to be my true authentic self in high school. As I became more aware of my identity, I knew I wanted to give back to younger LGBTI youth and contribute to creating more inclusive school environments, so students could feel safer in being themselves from an early age."

Caitlin Thomas, Department of International & Transcultural Studies


“No nation can move forward without scientific data to identify its needs, existing resources, as well as resource gaps. You need sound empirical data to inform evidence-based policy and practice. Research is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for any (modern) society.”

Toni Cela, International Educational Development, Ed.D., alumna ’16, Department of International and Transcultural Studies


Past and Present

Spotlight on Visiting Scholars

‌ ‌Dr. Kelly Silverio


“All my life I’ve worked with voice disorders. I wanted to work with people with Parkinson’s Disease to gain more information and to help improve treatment for people in Brazil.” - Kelly Silverio, Ph.D.


Events and Updates

‌Updates on Immigration & Travel

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2/12/18: Congratulations to Dr. Madhabi Chatterji on her workshop, "Evidence-Based Approaches for Enhancing Educational Quality," presented at the Columbia Global Center in Mumbai.  

1/15/18Dr. Deanna Kuhn led a workshop titled “Promoting Critical Thinking in the 21st Century” at Universidad Católica’s campus in San Joaquín, Chile. Chaired by Veronica Cabezas, a TC Alumna '10 and assistant professor in the Education Department of the Universidad Católica, the workshop focused on the challenges teachers face in capturing the attention of over-stimulated students, and how teachers can nurture skills that will prepare young people for a future of learning, work, and citizenship.

1/9/18: Dr. Cate Crowley and her team recently concluded their seventh 3-day professional development (PD) retreat with the teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ghana. Since 2008, she has provided annual PD retreats for teachers in the 25 Special Education Unit Schools across Ghana. For her work, Dr. Crowley received a citation from Ghana's Ministry of Education, as well as a special gift (pictured below) made by the students at one of the schools.

11/16/17: TC welcomed a delegation of senior administrators from various education and teacher education colleges and universities in Israel. Organized by the MOFET Institute, the group met with Provost James, Aimee Katembo of the Office of Teacher Education, Professor Kim Noble and Professor Mary Mendenhall to learn more about innovation and technology in education areas at TC, particularly teacher training pedagogies and professional development.

11/15/17: "What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment" was a workshop by Dan Beaudry, the author of Power Ties: the International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. The workshop was co-sponsored by OIS, CEPD and the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs as part of International Education Week (IEW) 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."

Professor Patricia Martinez-Alvarez

A group photo of attendees at TC Grand Rounds

10/26/17: TC Grand Rounds hosted Pamela Sheeran, MPA, the Vice President for Comprehensive Care for Smile Train. She gave a presentation titled "Beyond Surgery: Smile Train's Global Initiatives to Increase Capacity for Speech Therapy for Cleft Palate Patients." Dr. Cate Crowley (pictured below) has led speech related professional capacity building efforts at Smile Train partner hospitals in Africa and the Americas.

Dr. Cate Crowley at the TC Grand Rounds Smile Train event

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.

Beijing Foreign Studies University Group Picture, Taken 6/7/17

‌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.


President Peng of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Provost James, Taken 6/7/17

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.

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.

In Fluency Student-led panel discussion on 4/21/17

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!

March 26, 2017

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.

Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Fraga, recipient of the Spring 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "Latino/a Psychology."

Dr. Elizabeth Fraga

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 Professor Ansley Erickson, recipient of the Spring 2017 Provost's Course Development Grant for her proposed course, "History of Education in Americas."

Congratulations, Liz!

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!

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