Mike Rifino

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Mike Rifino is a first-year doctoral student in Human Development at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Drawing on cultural-historical activity theory and recent advances in Vygotskian scholarship, specifically, Stetsenko’s notion of Transformative Activist Stance, his research interests focus on the transformative potential of critical theoretical teaching-learning in public secondary and post-secondary education in regard to student agency. Throughout his undergraduate journey, he has gained deep experience with peer mentoring, having worked as a research assistant for the Peer Activist Learning Community (PALC), as well as a mentor for a college readiness program for underrepresented students. He is currently researching ways how students and faculty in PALC collaboratively investigate and redefine student agency to create an activist learning community.

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Co-Creating Social Change: Transformative Learning in a Community College

Co-Creating Social Change: Transformative Learning in a Community College

February 14 2018
Event
Wed, Feb 14 | GC Skylight Room (9100) | 12:00pm to 2:00pm EST | RSVP | Live stream Social Media: #fight4edu | @FuturesED DESCRIPTION Join the Futures Initiative on February 14th from 12-2pm for “Co-creating Social Change: Transformative Learning in a Community College.” This discussion will...
The Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue, Room 9100
New York, NY 10016
United States
Mentors to Leaders

Mentors to Leaders

September 28 2017
Event
Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: 9204 WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 HASHTAG: #fight4edu Description: This roundtable discussion, the second of the Thursday Dialogues series organized by the...
The Graduate Center, CUNY Room 9204
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
ByStander Intervention Training

ByStander Intervention Training

April 26 2017
Event
Wednesday, April 26 | 5 PM to 7:30 PM EDT, The Graduate Center, Room 9206 | RSVP As a continuation of our recent University Worth Fighting For event titled, "Global Perspectives on the Fight for Higher Education," we contend that such efforts must not only be theoretical and limited to the...
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Room 9206
New York, 10016
United States
Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, and Social Change

Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, Research, and Social Change

April 3 2017
Event
Description Join faculty and graduate students from this year’s team-taught courses, Futures Initiative Peer Mentors, and the Humanities Alliance for this daylong symposium celebrating the work that connects student-centered learning to institutional and social change. Program 10:00 - 10:10 |...
The Graduate Center, CUNY - Skylight room
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Futures Initiative Accessibility Mobility & Design event banner image

Accessibility, Mobility, and Design

February 8 2017
Event
Wednesday, February 8 | 2 PM to 4 PM EST, The Graduate Center, Skylight Room | Livestream: bit.ly/fight4edu-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Description Join the Futures Initiative on Wednesday, February 8 from 2-3pm for “Accessibility, Mobility, and Design,” a conversation about the meaning of mobility...
The Graduate Center, CUNY - Skylight room
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Media Blackness

Media Blackness

November 14 2016
Event
Monday, November 14 | 12 PM to 2 PM EST | http://bit.ly/Media-Blackness | #fight4edu | RSVP Description Join the Futures Initiative on Monday, November 14 from 12-1 for “Media Blackness,” an engaged conversation about the rendering of blackness in, across, and through multiple forms of media. The...
The Graduate Center, CUNY room 9204-9205
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”

Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”

October 31 2016
Event
Monday, October 31 | 1 PM to 3 PM EDT | bit.ly/fight4edu-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Description Join the Futures Initiative on October 31st from 1-3pm for Enacting a Different STEM: Creating Equitable Futures Beyond "Diversity." The discussion will include multiple perspectives on working against...
The Graduate Center, CUNY room 9204-9205
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Apr 14: Teaching as Social Justice

Apr 14: Teaching as Social Justice

April 14 2016
Event
Thursday, April 14 | 1 PM to 2 PM EDT | http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu | #teach4justice | RSVP Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: 9204-9205 WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 Description...
Room: 9204-9205
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
New, NY 10016
United States
Mar 2: Measuring What Counts: Credentials or Learning?

Mar 2: Measuring What Counts: Credentials or Learning?

March 2 2016
Event
Wednesday, March 2 | 1 PM to 2 PM | http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: C197 WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 Description Join us at the Graduate Center...
The Graduate Center at CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
Feb 5: Ideas in Circulation: Open Scholarship for Social Justice

Feb 5: Ideas in Circulation: Open Scholarship for Social Justice

February 5 2016
Event
Friday, February 5 | 1 PM to 2 PM | http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu | RSVP Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue Room: 9205 WHEN: Friday, February 5, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 Description Join us at the Graduate Center...
The Graduate Center at CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States
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