For almost forty years, IUME has used advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and seek to improve the quality of life chances through urban and multicultural education . The Institute continues to focus on the implications of population diversity in the context of the demand for pluralistic competencies for the design and management of teaching and learning transactions in schools and other environments for education.
Today IUME's objective of fostering the development of communities of color is more critical than ever. Recent efforts and initiatives are focused on increasing university and community partnerships to promote institutional services in the community as well as civic engagement and social responsibility.
Presently, IUME is housed in the Theresa Towers at the "Edmund W. Gordon Campus of Teachers College, Columbia University" located at 125th street in Harlem. Its new location in the Harlem community has uniquely positioned the Institute to partner, and foster collaborations with community groups, agencies, and non-profit organizations to address the needs of urban and minority communities of color. The work of the Institute is supported by Teachers College, the College Board, the Educational Testing Service, contracts with governmental agencies, and grants from philanthropic foundations.
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