Our founders are among the leaders in the fields of immigration and education. Members of our team have presented our work in a variety of settings, to a wide range of audiences, from the Vatican and the White House to small school-based learning communities and developed educational resources used by tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students around the world. We bring these experiences to the defining issue of our time.
Adam Strom is the Director of Re-Imagining Migration. Throughout his career, Mr. Strom has connected the academy to classrooms and the community by using the latest scholarship to encourage learning about identity, bias, belonging, history, and the challenges and opportunities of civic engagement in our globalized world. The resources developed under Strom’s direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world including Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World and What Do We Do with a Difference? France and The Debate Over Headscarves in Schools, Identity, and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain, and the viewer’s guide to I Learn America. Before joining the Re-imagining Migration Project, Strom was the Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves.
Carola Suárez-Orozco is the Chair of Re-imagining Migration’s Board of Directors. She is also a Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is the co-founder of Re-imagining Migration. Her books include: Children of Immigration (Harvard University Press), Learning a New Land (Harvard University Press), as well as the Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants (NYU Press). She has been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation for her contributions to the understanding of cultural psychology of immigration, has served as Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and is a member of the National Academy of Education. Her latest book is Immigrant-Origin Students in Community College: Navigating Risk and Reward in Higher Education.
Verónica Boix-Mansilla is the Research Director of Re-imagining Migration and Senior Principal Investigator at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research examines the conditions that enable individuals to understand and act with others on the most pressing issues of our times (migration and globalization) through quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in formal and informal educational settings. At Re-imagining Migration, she is co-developing a research-based comprehensive framework for quality education of immigrant-origin youth and their peers. She also examines how teachers develop their capacity to educate for global competence with quality. She works with the OECD, the International Baccalaureate, the DC Public Schools, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and other institutions to advance global education innovations. She co-developed the OECD Global Competence Framework in 2018 and published multiple papers and books: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (2011) with Tony Jackson.
Abeer Shinnawi is the Program Lead at Re-Imagining Migration. Shinnawi is a veteran middle school social studies teacher who has used her own upbringing as a child of immigrants to help connect students, schools and communities. Throughout her career, she has worked with schools, cultural institutions, and publishers to provide curriculum, content, and activities that reflect BIPOC students and teachers. Before joining the team at Re-Imagining Migration, she worked as a resource teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Social Studies, leading curriculum development and supporting teachers. In addition, she served as an equity liaison and the co-facilitator of an affinity group for teachers of color. She also created and facilitated a student support group that provided safe spaces for immigrant students.
Dr. Juliana Karras-Jean Gilles is a Research Fellow at Re-imagining Migration and a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA. In the Fall of 2020, she will be joining the faculty at San Francisco State University in Developmental Psychology. Her research straddles both developmental and social research areas by focusing on the social development of children and adolescents in context. The goal of her work is to advance the human rights of children through actionable science by generating empirical knowledge that researchers, practitioners, and policymakers can use to identify and rectify social systems that reproduce inequality in development.
Her work with Re-imagining Migration includes: (1) Collaborating in a youth participatory action research (yPAR) project with a Re-imagining Migration Fellow at a diverse Northeastern school site during 2018-2019 to evaluate the efficacy of using the migration narratives application, Moving Stories, as part of a school-wide program to promote an inclusive learning environment for immigrant-origin students and positive youth development (e.g., empathy, perspective-taking, civic engagement); (2) Leading the development and pilot of the Immigrant Student Climate Assessment (ISCA) that can be used to determine how inclusive (or not) learning environments are for immigrant-origin students since 2019; and (3) Documenting the civic impact of the upcoming election by exploring how immigrant-origin youth make meaning of the 2020 election through The 2020 Project.
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and co-founder of Re-imagining Migration. He is a psychological anthropologist. His research on globalization, education, and mass migration has been published in award-winning books by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, and multiple scholarly journals. At Harvard, the Dean served as the Thomas Professor of Education and founding Member of the Executive Committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. At NYU he was the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor. He has held fellowships at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study and Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He has been Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the University of Barcelona & Catholic University of Leuven. In January of 2018, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Dean Suárez-Orozco to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Patricia Caesar is President of St. James Strategy, LLC, a company that provides business planning, organizational development and strategic advice to foundations and nonprofit organizations. She brings a wealth of experience in guiding new and young organizations and helping them to scale most successfully and efficiently. Patricia has worked with over 225 organizations, including as an advisor and board member of Facing History.
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