Educational opportunity for children and youth of color, particularly in urban areas, has been marked by inequities, leading to gaps in educational attainment and achievement. These discrepancies also reflect a limited knowledge base about the strengths and needs of students, neighborhoods and communities, which, too often, results in the marginalization of their knowledge and perspectives in education research.
The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) seeks to disrupt the deficit-oriented frameworks of educational inequities and improve the life chances of underserved populations in urban areas. IUME researchers, faculty, staff and graduate students are committed to improving education for children and youth by better understanding their educational, psychological and social development, as well as the experiences in their homes, neighborhoods, communities and society that enhance opportunities for development and social mobility. IUME was founded in 1973 by TC psychologist Edmund W. Gordon (now Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Education) and is now directed by Erica N. Walker, Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematical Education.
IUME was one of the very first university initiatives of its kind to address issues in urban education and advocate for underserved people. That focus, created by Dr. Gordon, was an important innovation and is such a central part of Teachers College. We want to carry it forward into the 21ˢᵗ century — especially in the current political climate. How we see cities as landscapes for learning and as contested sites of democracy and power is central to educational questions today.
With deep roots and strong connections to Harlem, IUME has used interdisciplinary research, advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination and technical assistance for more than 40 years in order to study and improve the quality of life and life chances of communities of color through education in urban contexts in New York City and beyond.
IUME's research projects and initiatives demonstrate a commitment to broadening discourse and dialogue about key educational issues, centering the lives of urban children and youth, and deepening connections to communities to inform theory and develop transformative research and practice. Some current projects include:
Federal, publicly subsidized, and private foundation grants.
IUME has numerous partnerships with schools, community groups, non-profits and cultural organizations and collaborates with multiple offices, centers, departments and programs at Teachers College.
From Mary Swartz Rose and Lawrence Cremin to George Bond and Joan Gussow, the legacy of many of TC's greatest teacher-scholars is carried on through TC's tribute scholarships.
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