Department of International & Multicultural Education

The Department of International & Multicultural Education (IME) was founded in 1975 by critical educational scholars in the U.S.

IME Department Venn diagramThe Department was inspired by the educational philosophies of Paulo Freire — with whom the Department’s founders worked closely — to advance participatory and community-based education. For over 40 years, IME programs have been dedicated to understanding transformative possibilities for formal and informal education in diverse — and all-to-often inequitable — sociocultural, linguistic and political contexts.

Through the four programs in the department, we work toward a vision of social justice and educational equity in local, global, and transnational settings.