Academic supervisor: Professor Oren Pizmony-Levy
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives: Alexandra won the 2015 Best Student Paper Award from the CIES Environmental and Sustainability Education Special Interest Group, and founded the Teachers College Student Coalition for Environmental Education and Action. Her research on Sesame Workshop’s approaches to environmental and sustainability education in three international contexts won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Teachers College Academic Festival. While at Columbia, Alexandra served as the Director of Professional Development for the Society for International Education. The research she conducted as a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Fellow won the Morton Deutsch Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice.
Current affiliation: Refugee Assistance & Information Network International (RAIN International)
Bio: Originally from Toronto, Alexandra studied Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she had focused on gender and sexuality studies and critical race theory. At Teachers College, Columbia University, she focused her Masters studies on gender and education, as well as environmental and sustainability education. She served as the Graduate Assistant for the TC Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education, and has worked with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN, Sesame Workshop, World Savvy, Millennium Villages, and the International Rescue Committee.
Alexandra is currently the Media and Resource Coordinator for Refugee Assistance and Information Network International (RAIN International), a hub for refugee resettlement and response efforts. Developed as a grassroots movement of deeply experienced social workers, mental health therapists, and humanitarian workers, RAIN seeks to build sustainable, responsive programs that involve deep training and a respect for a common struggle for human rights.