Statement from CIES Following the US Presidential Election
Monday, November 14, 2016
Posted by: CIES Admin
November 14, 2016
On behalf of President Mark Bray and the CIES Board of Directors
In the wake of the US Presidential campaign and election, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) issues a call to the education community to renew its commitments to global engagement, educational and cultural exchanges, free inquiry, and mutual understanding. CIES reaffirms its commitment to the value of US engagement with the world in mutually beneficial relationships that advance the common good. And, it encourages educational researchers, practitioners and policymakers to advocate for equitable educational policies and practices that improve social and economic development, that prepare students to live in our globalized world, and that model and advance respectful dialogue across difference.
Now – as we have throughout our 60 year history as an academic association dedicated to promoting comparative education and related areas of inquiry and activity – CIES affirms the importance of and need for cross-cultural engagement guided by values of equality, mutual respect, and regard for the most vulnerable. CIES calls for interdisciplinary and international studies that contribute to understanding the field of education in its broad and interrelated political, economic and social contexts. We pledge and recommit to making our activities and events inclusive environments that welcome people regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, dis/ability, socioeconomic status, or immigration and documentation status.