B-MEIS Webinar: Learn, Act and Advocate with the CUNY-Initiative on Immigration and Education

When:  May 18, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)


Learn, Act and Advocate with the CUNY-Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE)

This workshop will provide an overview of the City University of New York - Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE, pronounced ‘eye’), a New York State Education-funded project. We will share the vision of CUNY-IIE that is centered on continually learning, acting, and advocating at the intersection of immigration and education. We will also share our grounding principles that guide our work and the different aspects of our work with immigrants within schools and communities across New York State. The second part of the workshop will allow participants to learn more about our comprehensive educator modules and the accompanying video series for ​K-12 educators.


Tatyana Kleyn is Associate Professor and Director of the Bilingual Education and TESOL Programs at The City College of New York. She is the Principal Investigator for CUNY-IIE, served as president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. Tatyana has authored books and articles on immigration, translanguaging, and bilingual education. Her forthcoming book is titled Living, Learning and Languaging Across Borders: Students Between the US and Mexico. Tatyana's work in film includes the Living Undocumented Series and Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico. For more see TatyanaKleyn.com

Cynthia Nayeli Carvajal, Ph.D. is the Project Director for CUNY-IIE. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, she immigrated to East Los Angeles, CA at five years old. Her personal and professional goals are grounded in her experience as a formerly undocumented immigrant for twelve years of her life. Prior to this position, Cynthia was the inaugural manager for the Immigrant Student Success Center at John Jay College, the first of its kind in New York State. Her fieldwork spans across California, New York, and Arizona, providing a comparative understanding of the impact of policy and practice in politically varying states.