From our Diplomat-in-Residence: International Education Week, November 17-21


by Ana Escrogima, New York Metro Diplomat-in-Residence

Greetings from your State Department Diplomat-in-Residence for the New York Metro area! Since I began in September, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting students, faculty, and administrative teams from schools across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. I have seen firsthand just how strong an interest there is in international study and work opportunities as students seek to travel the world, strengthen core skills, and gain insight into future career options.

Today marks the beginning of International Education Week (IEW). Coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education, IEW highlights the importance of international education for American students and the opportunities available to international students pursuing education in the United States. This year the United States is celebrating the 15th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), and our theme is “International Education is for Everyone.” If you explore the latest Open Doors report, released November 17, you can get a sense of just how widespread study abroad has become in the United States.

I look forward to engaging with students at international education events occurring in the New York area this week and sharing my own experiences as a studying abroad in Paris from 1999-2000. As a New York City native and the daughter of immigrants to the United States, I found myself drawn to explore national identity and citizenship issues while in France through interviews with first-generation immigrants from North African countries. The connections I made to their experiences formed the basis of my senior thesis and graduate school research, and affected my choice to study Arabic and serve the Middle East as a Foreign Service Officer.

My experience and that of many others show that people with an international education bridge socio-economic, cultural, political, religious, and geographic differences and promote greater understanding of one another’s values and views. We need students from diverse backgrounds from locations around the world and with an assortment of academic interests.

The State Department directly supports exchange programs that make international educational experiences accessible for people representing the full diversity of communities. Increasing the number and diversity of students who benefit from these experiences is integral to building and sustaining a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world. International students enrich classrooms, campuses and communities in ways that endure long after students return home. This cooperation is essential to solving global challenges like climate change, violent extremism, as well as health and food security.

Below are some of the resources at your fingertips to learn more. I hope to see City College students at the November 18 panel on international education and careers hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government, and I encourage you to be in touch at

Links for further research:

IEW website

State Department Exchanges Website:

State Department Careers Website

The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network at CCNY

The Roosevelt Institute at CCNY has produced a lovely video highlighting the ways the student club takes action and makes change. Check it out!

Three Crucial Questions for Every Student

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by Kamilah Briscoe, Director, Office of Student Success

In its name and mission, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership pledges to “enable our students to energetically address the challenges of the 21st century” by “promoting the values of service, engagement, and leadership.” We believe a fundamental lesson of leadership is the idea of agency. The Office of Student Success begins teaching this lesson by asking our students three questions.

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Thoughts from an IS Alumna and Former SAIS President-Veronica Agard

Colin Powell School:

Veronica Agard gives some advice to new students and shows some love for the International Studies program!

Originally posted on Global City:

What can I say about the IS Family and SAIS that hasn’t already been said?

Community. At a commuter school situated in the heart of Harlem, NYC : it was very easy for me to be another face in the crowd. Now when you compounded that with the fact that I was a transfer student, I essentially became an island on an island. Sure, I had roommates at the Towers, some of whom I’m still close with and grateful to say so. There were always those fast friends made in classes, but once the semester ended, that was pretty much It (with some exceptions).

Having been fortunate enough to have traveled during my middle school and high school years, (Spain, France and Italy/South Africa/Russia) I knew very early on that a path in the “international” scene was the only way for me to go. Of course, like many people, I…

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CCNY Schedule of Classes and Information, Fall 2014

As of 6:35 PM, August 28th: CUNYFirst is currently up and available to all students and faculty. To login in, please visit:

CUNYFirst Portal

To download an excel spreadsheet of Colin Powell School department courses, click here: SOCSCIFALL2014

To access a PDF file of Colin Powell School department courses, click here: Colin Powell School FALL2014_test (1)

For all CCNY classes scheduled through 8/29: Schedule-of-Classes-for-Thursday-and-Friday

Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School: Service Learning

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Check out our new video documenting a service-learning course taught last semester through the Colin Powell School’s political science department.

The course, “Animal Welfare in Historical Perspective,” paired research librarian Daisy Dominguez with Brian Shapiro, New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, as co-educators. The video highlights just one of the exciting ways faculty and staff at the Colin Powell School and the City College of New York are transforming the traditional classroom experience through engaged scholarship.

The Office of Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School comprises a number of initiatives and programs: service-learning courses, community-based participatory research (CBPR), public scholarship, the NYMAPS Collaborative (formerly the New York Metro-Area Partnership for Service-Learning), and the NYMAPS Community Partner Institute and Fellowship.

The office invites faculty to broaden the audience for their research, connect with community partners for collaborative projects, and design a service-learning course to enhance student learning. Through all these aspects, CCNY faculty and partnering community-based organizations explore a variety of pathways to leverage academic expertise for public good.

Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, CCNY from Colin Powell School @ CCNY on Vimeo.

Learn more about the Office of Engaged Scholarship.

Visit the Humane Society of the United States at their website.

Access digital archives and other resources at the City College of New York libraries.

Fitting the Profile, Fixing the System

Photo: Unarmed Civilian, Flickr Creative Commons License

Photo: Unarmed Civilian, Flickr Creative Commons License










An ambitious and talented student of law and policy, Mohammed Alam has also been a committed activist to ending the use of the New York Police Department’s abusive and discriminatory Stop and Frisk policy. Here he shares his own story of police harassment that happened earlier this year. 

We publish Alam’s account just days after the tragic death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a few weeks after the settlement of a civil suit against the City of New York by the Central Park Five, and six months after Mayor deBlasio announced he would not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that Stop and Frisk is discriminatory and requires reform.

by Mohammed Alam, CCNY ’14, Colin Powell School Community Engagement Fellow Alumnus

This year I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the City College of New York. And this year I was also stopped, harassed, thrown in a jail cell, and denied my civil rights by the NYPD. The following is my account of an event that, in the most real way, changed my understanding of and trust in law and justice.

On a cold and tiring Monday night last March, I was driving home from a meeting in Brooklyn. This was not out of the ordinary; I attend this community meeting on the first Monday of every month and had done so for well over a year. What was out of the ordinary was what followed next.

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