The Global Education Forum (GEF) has two aims. First, we focus on identifying the most pressing issues in education globally, as reported by renowned experts from academia, public policy, government and the non-profit sector across the globe. Second, we examine whether and how undergraduate and graduate student education and training should change in order to prepare students to address these issues.
What do you think is the most pressing issue or challenge in education globally? and
What do universities need to do to prepare graduates to better address this issue or challenge?
The GEF defines education broadly-including formal, informal, and experiential settings in schools and outside the classroom. We focus on traditional educational topics such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.
Each semester, the GEF hosts a panel discussion of 4-5 renowned experts in the field of education, broadly defined. The panelists are asked to share their expertise and opinions each in response to two questions:
Over time, the GEF aims to become a place where conventions are challenged and innovations are born.
Fall 2017 Panelists: Combatting Hate Crimes on Campus
Iman Abou Atta
For over 10 years, Iman has built bridges between Europe and Middle Eastern communities through her work with medical institutions and has taken action with a range of NGO’s that work on women’s rights, the trafficking of young children and on interfaith and intercultural international projects. She has also travelled extensively to give lectures and deliver workshops to interfaith groups in countries such as Taiwan, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Iman speaks multiple languages such as Arabic, English, French, Italian and Hebrew and has been a youth interfaith ambassador to ensure the development of mutual understanding and joint social action between faith communities.
Iman is today the founder and Director of SCEME – Social Change Through Education in the Middle East and North Africa(www.sce-me.org). This not for profit organization works on education for women and families and is also working on stopping the trafficking of young females from Iraq to neighboring countries in the Middle East. Therefore, she set up SCEME, and took out a personal loan of £40,000 in order to investigate and highlight whether these abuses were taking place. She uncovered a massive abuse of children and women, trafficked from post war Iraq into Syria and Jordan and consequently launched an international campaign: Karamatuna-bring their dignity back to raise awareness on this issue. Being an Arab female, she started two years ago and having been someone who has lived under occupation and suffered attacks because of her ethnicity, she is determined to find out the truth. The search for truth has provided her with the basis on which she has led her life.
Maureen Costello leads the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, one of the nation's leading providers of anti-bias education resources. She oversees all aspects of the project, including the award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, the development of multimedia teaching kits, professional development resources and special projects. Before joining the SPLC, she oversaw development of the 2010 Census in Schools program for Scholastic Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. For eight years, she directed Newsweek's education program, which was dedicated to engaging high school and college students in public issues. She served as academic dean at Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island, N.Y., where she also taught history and economics. As a teacher, she worked with both the Advanced Placement Program and the New York State Regents on assessment-related projects. She is a graduate of the New School University and the New York University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
A Chicago native, Terri A. Johnson has worked for racial and social justice for over two decades. This work has been done in different sectors including higher education, philanthropy, social services, youth services, public health and advocacy. She is a diversity and inclusion strategist, serving non-profits, corporations, universities, social service agencies and arts & cultural organizations.
Presently, she is the Executive Director of the Center for New Community. The Center for New Community (CNC), founded in 1995, is a national research and advocacy organization. At the forefront of efforts to defeat anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hate, CNC monitors organized racism in the United States and equips national and grassroots activists and partners to mobilize a powerful force for justice, fairness, and opportunity.
CNC’s vision is the creation of a fair, equitable and just society that values the dignity of all.
Ms. Johnson is the founder of C-Change Strategies, a social enterprise working with organizations on cultural change designed to transform communities. Johnson is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Yolanda brings with her years of social justice experience leading national and local public health programs focusing on health equity, health disparities and social determinants of health. This experience goes to the heart of OUDC’s mission which is to combat racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, while building an African-American and Jewish youth community that values respect, understanding and cooperation between themselves and the broader community.
As Director of Health Equity at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and through other positions, Yolanda has developed curricula and evaluation tools, partnered with local, national and tribal leaders to promote health equity and social justice initiatives across education, transportation, housing and other areas. “I am thrilled to be joining such an accomplished organization like OUDC as its next executive director,” says Yolanda Savage-Narva. “As an African American Jewish woman, I have had, over the course of my career, the opportunity to work across many sectors. I realize the significance and importance of engaging with young people to assist in making meaningful change that will advance equity and justice.”
Edit Schlaffer is a social scientist, writer, activist and holds a PhD from the University of Vienna. In 2002 she founded Women without Borders, an international research-based NGO, encouraging women to take the lead in their personal and public lives. Her research and activities focus on women as agents of change and as driving forces to stabilize an insecure world. In 2008 she launched SAVE - Sisters Against Violent Extremism, the world’s first female counter-terrorism platform.
Schlaffer has received numerous accolades for her work promoting women in the security arena: Hillary Clinton has twice highlighted SAVE’s contributions to the field; in 2010 she was named as one of Women’s eNews “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” and in 2011 one of Newsweek’s “150 Movers and Shakers” and she has received many national prizes including the Käthe Leichter Austrian State Prize for Gender Equity and Research, the Theodor Körner Prize for Outstanding Research and the Donauland Book Prize for Excellency in Non-Fiction Writing.
She is a regular speaker in diverse settings: from the TED talks, the Omega Institute, Hedayah, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Europe-wide Radicalisation Awareness Network to the OSCE and various United Nations branches.
Oren Segal is Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, which combats extremism, terrorism and all forms of hate in the real world and online. Recognized as the foremost authority on extremism, the Center provides resources, expertise and training which enables law enforcement, public officials, community leaders and internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.
Much of Mr. Segal's 18 years with ADL has been devoted to evaluating the activity and tactics of extremist groups and movements, training law enforcement officers and publishing reports and articles on a wide range of extremist topics. Mr. Segal has briefed members of Congress, is regularly interviewed by national and international media outlets and provides his expertise at conferences around the world on issues of terrorism, anti-Semitism and extremism.
In February 2015, Mr. Segal participated in a landmark White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He focused his remarks on the nature of violent extremist movements in the United States, as well as how Americans of all religions, races and backgrounds are being reached and recruited by extremist organizations online. He also discussed the partners with whom ADL cooperates to combat these threats, including law enforcement, the tech industry and various community groups, highlighting the importance of a multi-faceted approach to addressing the challenge of violent extremism.
In 2006, Mr. Segal was recognized by the FBI for his exceptional service in the public interest. A graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Mr. Segal, a native New Yorker, has previously worked for The New York Times.
You are invited to attend the Global Education Forum on Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5-7pm on American University's main campus, in McDowell Formal Lounge. The topic will be Combating Hate Crimes on Campus. Panelists' bios coming soon.
If you missed an event or want to recapture what a speaker explained please review any of our previous Global Education Forums
Conflict, Justice and Education
From post-conflict societies for which education plays an important role in transitional justice to debates about justice for victims of sexual assault on university campuses, justice underpins education across the globe. The Spring 2017 Global Education Forum brings together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners who will speak to the myriad of forms and meanings of justice in education. Drawing from their varied experiences and work in the United States and abroad, they will explore some of the most pressing educational issues today for which justice is paramount. View video on Conflict, Justice, and Education, February 13, 2017.
Migration and Education
of people experience voluntary and involuntary migration within and between
countries each year for reasons that range from the search for economic
opportunities to the flight from warfare and violence. The educational
needs of migrants-- and of the communities they move to-- represent one of the
most pressing global challenges for education. We need strategies to
ensure educational continuity in refugee camps, to equip schools whose sizes
are rapidly growing from internal migration and urbanization, to provide
adequate resources for teachers' dual language classrooms, and to create public
education initiatives that could help reduce conflicts between host societies
and arriving migrants. See video of the Fall 2016 GEF on Migration and Education, October 17, 2016.
Race and Education in the Global Context
campus or in the K-12 classroom, racial inequality remains one of the most
pressing educational issues in the US and around the world. How do racial and
ethnic disparities persist in educational access and outcomes? What
strategies have proven effective at closing achievement gaps? What
variations exist globally? View the video of an esteemed panel of experts for the Spring 2016 Global Education Forum on Race and Education in the Global Contextfrom February 23, 2016.
Internationalization of Higher Education
The Fall 2015 Forum presented an
interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on internationalization
and higher education. Panelists who work and conduct research comparing global aspects
of higher education systems in Germany, the United States, and Canada will
discuss pressing educational challenges related to the global impact of
internationalization on higher education. They will respond to two
questions: What do you believe is the
most pressing issue or challenge related to this topic on a local, national or
global scale? and what do universities
need to do to prepare graduates to address this challenge? See the video on the global impact of internationalization of higher education, October 27, 2015.
Education and Extremism
The Spring 2015 Forum presented an interactive panel discussion featuring renowned experts on education and its role in confronting violent extremist groups and movements. Panelists who work and conduct research on extremist movements and developments in Greece, Germany, the United States, Sierra Leone and Liberia will discuss pressing educational challenges related to ideological and religious extremism. See the video focused on Educational challenges in confronting extremist groups and movements, March 19, 2015.
Gender, Violence and Education
Gendered violence remains a persistent problem in educational settings throughout the world. View the Fall 2014 Global Education Forum video where an expert panel will discuss a range of settings where gendered violence persists and help strategize ways that we might all address these challenges, October 6, 2014.
Global Education Community
The Inaugural Global Education Forum focused on traditional educational topics, such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment, April 22, 2014.
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