Center for International Education at UMass Amherst

Center for International Education at UMass Amherst Official page for the Center for International Education (CIE) at the College of Education, UMass Amherst The Center for International Education (CIE) at the College of Education, UMass Amherst is closely integrated with the International Education concentration for Master's and PhD programs at the College.
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CIE is committed to promoting participatory education in development settings through our teaching, research and projects. We strive to link international and domestic activities and to promote constant dialogue between educational theory and practice.

Operating as usual

CIE/IE Degrees Earned in the 2020-2021 Academic Yearhttps://www.umass.edu/cie/news/cieie-degrees-earned-2020-2021-academ...
05/25/2021

CIE/IE Degrees Earned in the 2020-2021 Academic Year
https://www.umass.edu/cie/news/cieie-degrees-earned-2020-2021-academic-year

This year the graduates were honored in a joint ceremony with all the other UMass graduate students. The still present COVID-19 pandemic led to a hybrid ceremony with the graduate students gathered on the field of the football stadium – all seated in a socially-distant array facing the commencement stage.

Graduates were awarded their degrees standing by their chairs. Hooding of doctoral candidates became a personal event – done by a family member or friend before the public ceremony.

There were five CIE/IE graduates this year, one Master’s student and four Ph.D students. As always, they were a diverse group, representing different countries – India, Zimbabwe and the USA.

CIE/IE Degrees Earned in the 2020-2021 Academic Year
https://www.umass.edu/cie/news/cieie-degrees-earned-2020-2021-academic-year

This year the graduates were honored in a joint ceremony with all the other UMass graduate students. The still present COVID-19 pandemic led to a hybrid ceremony with the graduate students gathered on the field of the football stadium – all seated in a socially-distant array facing the commencement stage.

Graduates were awarded their degrees standing by their chairs. Hooding of doctoral candidates became a personal event – done by a family member or friend before the public ceremony.

There were five CIE/IE graduates this year, one Master’s student and four Ph.D students. As always, they were a diverse group, representing different countries – India, Zimbabwe and the USA.

Congratulations to CIE and partners on the Mutual Mentoring Team Grant! https://www.umass.edu/faculty-development/mutual...
05/21/2021

Congratulations to CIE and partners on the Mutual Mentoring Team Grant! https://www.umass.edu/faculty-development/mutual-mentoring-grant-program/mutual-mentoring-team-grant

For the last several years, faculty across UMass have been periodically teaching in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections, the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center, and the Franklin County Jail. Some faculty offered full courses (including a course that enrolled an equal number of UMass students and incarcerated students), and others offered lectures around particular topics. Incarcerated students, UMass students, jail administrators, and faculty all expressed great enthusiasm for these programs.

In the fall of 2019, the core faculty and mentoring partners on this grant began meeting to discuss institutionalizing a UMass Prison Education Initiative and ensuring tuition and fees would be waived for incarcerated students, the latter of which was approved by the Provost in spring 2020.

The central mentoring challenges we seek to address involve preparing UMass faculty to teach effectively in jail and prison, to administer an expanded prison education program, and to provide a support network for faculty interested in teaching in jail or prison. To be sure, there is a wide range of pedagogical models of prison education, ranging from one-off lectures, to “inside-out” courses that enroll both incarcerated students and students from UMass, to courses offered only to incarcerated students.

Further, there is a variety of training programs associated with prison education, with perhaps the most notable being the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. We are seeking to create a mentoring network that will be able to address these challenges.

Congratulations to CIE and partners on the Mutual Mentoring Team Grant! https://www.umass.edu/faculty-development/mutual-mentoring-grant-program/mutual-mentoring-team-grant

For the last several years, faculty across UMass have been periodically teaching in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections, the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center, and the Franklin County Jail. Some faculty offered full courses (including a course that enrolled an equal number of UMass students and incarcerated students), and others offered lectures around particular topics. Incarcerated students, UMass students, jail administrators, and faculty all expressed great enthusiasm for these programs.

In the fall of 2019, the core faculty and mentoring partners on this grant began meeting to discuss institutionalizing a UMass Prison Education Initiative and ensuring tuition and fees would be waived for incarcerated students, the latter of which was approved by the Provost in spring 2020.

The central mentoring challenges we seek to address involve preparing UMass faculty to teach effectively in jail and prison, to administer an expanded prison education program, and to provide a support network for faculty interested in teaching in jail or prison. To be sure, there is a wide range of pedagogical models of prison education, ranging from one-off lectures, to “inside-out” courses that enroll both incarcerated students and students from UMass, to courses offered only to incarcerated students.

Further, there is a variety of training programs associated with prison education, with perhaps the most notable being the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. We are seeking to create a mentoring network that will be able to address these challenges.

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar SeriesThank you Dr. Ghassan Abdallah for the third TIGR seminar!Dr. Ghassan Ab...
05/17/2021
Trauma Informed Global Resilience (TIGR) seminar series | Center for International Education

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar Series
Thank you Dr. Ghassan Abdallah for the third TIGR seminar!

Dr. Ghassan Abdullah, Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education, highlighted the cumulative impact of COVID-19 within the context of violent military occupation, with specific reference to Palestine.

Dr. Abdallah argued that delivering education and wellbeing projects in contexts of pervasive adversity can be significantly undermined by deep-rooted cultural beliefs that “Satan is responsible for mental health problems and behavior disorders.” In short, children deserve their misfortune. Similarly, where healing occurs this is often conceptualized at a level of “magical thinking.”

In international wellbeing projects, Dr Abdallah emphasized that “it is imperative to keep in mind the differences in cultural understandings and communication that can lead to a confusion of understanding and intention. Cultural competence, however, may not be sufficient. We also need to break down the stereotyping, the deep negative attitudes, and the distrust in mental health services and providers.”

More is here: https://www.umass.edu/cie/news/trauma-informed-global-resilience-tigr-seminar-series

CIE in collaboration with the Educator Preparation Office of the College of Education is sponsoring a biweekly series of virtual seminars and workshops focusing on trauma exposure and recovery in crisis and conflict education settings. The main aim is to bear witness to children and families in a di...

Loving Arms Malawi "Unboxing Something New" Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1 PM EST/7 PM CATWe will use this event to highli...
05/14/2021

Loving Arms Malawi
"Unboxing Something New"
Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1 PM EST/7 PM CAT

We will use this event to highlight the importance of girls' education in rural communities and reintegrate girls into the education system after leaving school for various reasons.

We invite you to an afternoon of fun, learning, and remarkable performances. Learn about our work, our projects, our partners, and our new developments.

Register here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkcOuvrzgtE9AR0cV-dE3ivWNIysEwAQ_J

Loving Arms Malawi
"Unboxing Something New"
Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1 PM EST/7 PM CAT

We will use this event to highlight the importance of girls' education in rural communities and reintegrate girls into the education system after leaving school for various reasons.

We invite you to an afternoon of fun, learning, and remarkable performances. Learn about our work, our projects, our partners, and our new developments.

Register here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkcOuvrzgtE9AR0cV-dE3ivWNIysEwAQ_J

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar SeriesIndigenous Peoples and Intergenerational Trauma in the U.S.by Dr. Mishly...
05/12/2021

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar Series

Indigenous Peoples and Intergenerational Trauma in the U.S.
by Dr. Mishly Lesser
Friday, May 14, 3.30pm (EST)

So far, we have covered the unique, and challenging lens of school-based abuse prevention from a CSA survivor - yes, you were supposed to feel unsettled and inspired by what Dr. Laurie shared with us.

Dr. Susan, provided amazing insights into the centrality of intersubjectivity - the video material captured in momentary interactions, both transformational healing through attachment, as well as a glimpse into the immediate grotesque harms caused by neglect.

In Dr. Ghassan’s session, we were privileged to witness a debate between Gerald Fonville and Ghassan on how to instill hope in what appears to be hopeless contexts.

Our final session is no less enthralling. Dr. Mishy Lesser will expose for us the horrors experienced by the indigenous peoples of this land, the enduring impact of intergenerational trauma, and the hope that restitution and restorative justice can bring.

Register here: https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aaDR78A3vpnNwPA

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar Series

Indigenous Peoples and Intergenerational Trauma in the U.S.
by Dr. Mishly Lesser
Friday, May 14, 3.30pm (EST)

So far, we have covered the unique, and challenging lens of school-based abuse prevention from a CSA survivor - yes, you were supposed to feel unsettled and inspired by what Dr. Laurie shared with us.

Dr. Susan, provided amazing insights into the centrality of intersubjectivity - the video material captured in momentary interactions, both transformational healing through attachment, as well as a glimpse into the immediate grotesque harms caused by neglect.

In Dr. Ghassan’s session, we were privileged to witness a debate between Gerald Fonville and Ghassan on how to instill hope in what appears to be hopeless contexts.

Our final session is no less enthralling. Dr. Mishy Lesser will expose for us the horrors experienced by the indigenous peoples of this land, the enduring impact of intergenerational trauma, and the hope that restitution and restorative justice can bring.

Register here: https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aaDR78A3vpnNwPA

04/30/2021
Youth Systems Strengthening Community of Practice (CoP) Kick-off

Higher Education Engagement & Transformation (HEET) Community of Practice

The HEET CoP aims to engage expertise within the international education community to advance higher education and youth learning priorities, engage older youth (ages 18-35) to integrate transformational Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches, and work to strengthen the link between PYD and higher education programming.

It was a successful launch of the HEET CoP on March 30th: 204 participants with 40 implementing partners, 34 from USAID, 32 youth, 29 researchers, and 14 joining from other Communities of Practice. Participants shared their ideas for the issues youth faces in higher education, their original recommendations, and potential contributions.

The next meeting is Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (EDT)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yp2le-higher-education-engagement-and-transformation-may-monthly-meeting-tickets-151663151569?ref=estw

More information is here: (https://www.youthpower.org/group/higher-education-engagement-transformation-heet-community-practice

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar SeriesTomorrow, April 30th, 3.30pm (EST)by Dr. Ghassan AbdallahDirector, Cente...
04/29/2021

Trauma Informed Global Resilience Seminar Series
Tomorrow, April 30th, 3.30pm (EST)
by Dr. Ghassan Abdallah
Director, Center for Applied Research in Education
Head of the Palestinian World Alliance of Infant Mental Health

Tune into this Trauma Informed Global Resilience series event presented by the Center for International Education on April 30! Register here: https://buff.ly/3xsTfM7

Trauma Informed Global Resilience (TIGR) Seminar Serieshttps://www.umass.edu/cie/news/trauma-informed-global-resilience-...
04/27/2021
Trauma Informed Global Resilience (TIGR) seminar series | Center for International Education

Trauma Informed Global Resilience (TIGR) Seminar Series
https://www.umass.edu/cie/news/trauma-informed-global-resilience-tigr-seminar-series

Dr. Susan Darker-Smith led a workshop for the second TIGR event: Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity & Empathy (PACE).

CIE in collaboration with the Educator Preparation Office of the College of Education is sponsoring a biweekly series of virtual seminars and workshops focusing on trauma exposure and recovery in crisis and conflict education settings. The main aim is to bear witness to children and families in a di...

Volunteer Recruitment at Paper Airplaneshttps://www.paper-airplanes.orgPaper Airplanes is a non-profit organization that...
04/23/2021
Paper Airplanes

Volunteer Recruitment at Paper Airplanes
https://www.paper-airplanes.org

Paper Airplanes is a non-profit organization that provides free, one-on-one language and skills learning for individuals whose education has been interrupted due to conflict. They connect students with volunteer tutors for 8 - 12 week sessions conducted through Skype, Zoom, and Hangouts. Programs teach English, Coding, and Turkish to Syrian refugees.

In the six years since the inception, more than 2,000 students served with 90% of students reporting significant improvement within a semester.

Application for Fall 2021 semester: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvKtpPoAtVI7faLa-9G46luHiGmj2Dg-4yCf6YefM-aLkxSA/viewform?gxids=7628

Paper Airplanes provides free, one-on-one virtual language and skills instruction to individuals affected by conflict. Our goal is to help them learn essential languages and marketable skills in pursuits of higher education and employment.

Remember SlaveryBy the United Nations Outreach Programmehttps://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/ Two more eve...
04/22/2021

Remember Slavery
By the United Nations Outreach Programme
https://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/

Two more events this year

28 April, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT
Online discussion of Enslaved: Episode 2 – "Rationalization"
Over the next six months, the Outreach Programme is screening the six-part series Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

10 June, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT
12th Annual Global Student Conference on slavery and the transatlantic slave trade
Teachers and high school students will have an opportunity to interact with youth from across the globe and learn more about the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on the modern world.

Resource page: https://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/resources.shtml

Register now for the United Nations 12th Annual Global Student Conference for high school students and teachers.

Participants will learn about the history of the transatlantic slave trade, its impact on the modern world and share research projects.

Register: https://bit.ly/32bWeKo

CIE Transforming Lives: Opportunities for StudentsExtended deadlineApply by Tuesday, April 27, 2021
04/21/2021

CIE Transforming Lives: Opportunities for Students
Extended deadline
Apply by Tuesday, April 27, 2021

CIE Transforming Lives: Opportunities for Students
Apply by Friday, March 19, 2021

As part of CIE’s commitment to public engagement, we are currently in partnership with the Trauma Response Network (TRN) UK https://www.traumaresponsenetwork.org/.

TRN was established to provide trauma recovery services for those who have experienced a mass trauma
event. Over the past year TRN has prioritized front line COVID-19 medical workers and people of color.

An opportunity exists for three students:
1. To design and develop training materials for therapists
2. To analyze clients’ responses on standardized screening and evaluation measures
3. To transfer responses and begin to conduct analysis of data

As this is public engagement all work is voluntary.

If you wish to be part of this life transforming project, please submit a CV along with a brief summary of why you wish to be involved to Professor Ian Barron ([email protected]) by
Friday, 19th March, 2021.

More information is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19hUa7SYQ333kXOUKicc3arrcC4fWoVOR/view?usp=sharing

Website: https://www.umass.edu/cie/
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UMass Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research Virtual Launch Week April 21-23, 2021https://blackatthecenter....
04/20/2021

UMass Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research Virtual Launch Week April 21-23, 2021
https://blackatthecenter.splashthat.com

Do you still need to register for the #UMassEDUC 2021 UMass Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research Virtual Launch Week? Reserve your spot for #BlackAtTheCenter by the deadline of 12 P.M. TODAY! https://blackatthecenter.splashthat.com

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