Graduate Students/Faculty of Color Dinner Series allows for informal conversations between faculty and graduate students of color over dinner. The purpose of the dinner is to provide an opportunity for Graduate Students to hear from various faculty members about their journeys and best practices for navigating the academy in an intimate setting. This program is in partnership with the Office of Graduate Student Life at the Student Resource Center.
Faculty members that are interested in presenting at the dinner series should contact Bindi Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the program.
Wednesday, September 12, 6:00-7:30 PM
Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Professor Dumas’ scholarly interests focus on three interrelated areas of inquiry: the cultural politics of Black education, the cultural political economy of urban education, and public discourses and policy-making related to Black boyhood and the education of young Black boys. His publications include critical cultural analyses of school desegregation politics and educational equity policy formation and implementation, and theoretical explorations of what he has termed the Black educational imagination, which is concerned with the ways Black people—and particularly African American leaders, educators, activists and other cultural workers make meaning of the relationship between education and everyday Black existence and collective survival.
Dumas received his Ph.D. in Urban Education/Educational Policy in 2007 from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where he was a recipient of the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Tuesday, October 9, 6:00-7:30 PM
Shankar Prasad, Clinical Faculty at The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Professor Prasad completed his PhD in Political Science from Brown University in 2006 with a focus on political learning within immigrant communities in the United States. Shankar's dissertation "Red, Brown and Blue: The Political Behavior of Asian Indian Americans" analyzes the politicization of the Indian American community and suggests that religion is a primary factor in explaining the disproportionate association of this group with the Democratic Party. His dissertation has since expanded to focus on comparing the influence of religion on politics among Latinos, African Americans and other minority groups.
After completing his PhD, he worked in a hedge fund in New York City and in 2008 left the fund to co-found a health informatics company for which he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Director of US Operations until June 2012. His research and teaching interests include immigration policy; race, religion and politics; the American Presidency; financial regulation; quantitative analysis; research design; and public policy.
Wednesday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 PM
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor and the Director, Doctoral Program; Silver School of Social Work.
Professor Guilamo-Ramos’s principal focus of investigation is the role of families in promoting Latino adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Additional research interests include parent-adolescent communication and intervention research. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has conducted research primarily in urban, resource-poor settings, including the Bronx, New York City. Currently, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has an active program of research funded by the National Institutes of Health. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (http://www.clafh.org/).
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has published scholarly articles on parent-adolescent communication about sex and on the role of parents in the preventing adolescent sexual risk behavior. In addition, he has published methodological articles related to adolescent risk behavior. His scholarly work has been published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Adolescent Health, Health Psychology, and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. He also has an edited volume entitled “Parental Monitoring of Adolescents,” published by the Columbia University Press.