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Summer Institute

The Summer Institute at Gratz provides a once-a-year, virtual space for the Gratz community to explore a topic and share with expert speakers and workshops. We also offer academic sessions for doctoral students. Additionally, we encourage students and faculty to join us for some networking and fellowship opportunities, social events, and more.

SI 2023

Futurism: How Educators Can Lead in the 21st Century

Fu·tur·ism:/ˈfyo͞oCHəˌrizəm/ noun, concern with events and trends of the future, or which anticipate the future.

Summer Institute 2023 invites the Gratz community to imagine themselves as futurists. As educators and professionals, our work and the way we interact with others will continue to evolve. Our curriculums and necessary leadership skills will change. Our environments and modes of delivery will be different. Are you prepared? 

Gratz has always embraced technology, pedagogical innovation, multimedia engagement, and alternative approaches to the delivery of education and training future leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that we all must be ready for action when a crisis strikes. Challenges to library books and curriculums, climate events, threats of violence, and campus protests are all very much a part of our realities as educators and leaders. We have also seen strong support for teachers, an increase in donations to colleges, and a rise in student advocacy

From climate change and sustainability to new modes of leadership and the fight for equity and against antisemitism, we have invited a diverse group of speakers to lend their vision on the future of education and how we can be leaders in the 21st century.





*Check back regularly as we update our schedule

SI 2023 Selected Readings *

The Dumbing Down of the Purpose of Higher Ed, Patricia McGuire

Anticipating the Climate Crisis on Campus, Bryan Alexander

*these articles are available freely online


SI 2023 keynote speakers

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Patricia McGuire
Trinity Washington University

Monday, July 10 @ 1:00 PM (EST)

"New Leadership for a Different Future for Higher Education"



These 30-60 mins workshops and presentations will cover a variety of topics on how we will work and learn in the future.

Check the schedule on the top right of this page for dates and times.

Sustainability, Climate Change, and Higher Education, workshop with Bryan Alexander

The Future is Female: using feminist informed practice to increase women’s visibility as leaders, with Donna Guerin

Picturing the Future: Cartoon representations of education’s future, with Dr. Philip Moore

The Hebrew Language of the Future with Dr. Dina Maiben



What our Students are saying...

[This program] made me feel a part of a larger learning community.

—2022 Doctorate Student in Educational Leadership


This program has not only enhanced my academic knowledge but has been transformative for me in my profession. 

—2020 Grad, Ann P., Doctorate in Educational Leadership


I love that the summer institute is virtual!


Congratulations to the planning committee and to each speaker for an outstanding program!


It was really good to see other new students and to swap views and ideas.

—2022 Student survey responseS

Connect with us @gratzcollege on social with the hashtag #SI2023

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A portion of Summer Institute 2023 was made possible by alumna Miriam R. Grossman, M.A. Jewish Studies, 1988; Bachelor Of Hebrew Literature, 1951