Remysell Salas

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Adjunct Lecturer
Ethnic and Race Studies

EMAIL: rsalas@bmcc.cuny.edu

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Remysell was born and raised in New York City specifically in the Borough of the Bronx. He is a professor for the Department of Ethnic and Race Studies, where he lectures courses on Caribbean politics, the Dominican identity, and history. He is also a devoted community activist.

In the past, he was a Co-Author for the “Dictionary of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biographies”-W.E.B Dubois Research Institute at Harvard University. He has worked on the Biden and Harris Presidential Campaign as the Regional Voter Activation Director in Florida. Previously, he represented City Hall as the Manhattan Director for the New York City Mayor’s Office, where he managed initiatives and policies for Northern Manhattan and the Dominican community. Also, he has provided in-depth Policy analysis and advanced solutions for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in the Division of Strategic Planning and Policy. Further, he helped organize various elections in New York City and abroad with the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway.

He received a Master of Philosophy degree in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo (in Norway), a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University at Albany – SUNY, and completed a graduate political program from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Expertise

Political Science, Caribbean History, Social Democracy, Immigration, Social Justice Reform, Research Methods, and Policy Analysis.

Degrees

  • SUNY, University at Albany (Albany, NY)Bachelor of Arts in History (minored Political Science)
  • University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway)Masters of Philosophy Degree in Comparative and International Education (Research Methodology)
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA) Graduate Political Program: Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Publications

 

  1. “It’s Not You, It’s Me”- Cuba  “No eras to, Soy yo” –Cuba (Spanish)–The Havana Times
  2. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin Biography: Justo Salas Arzuaga W.E.B Dubois Research Institute at Harvard University
  3. The Rationales and Strategies of Internationalization in Higher Education: A Comparative Study of the University at Albany and the University of Oslo
  4. Universities Playing in League of Their Own:Global competition among universities
  5. History never fails to repeat between Dominican-Haitian Relations  Dominican Today

 

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Selected as a speaker at the CIES Conference 2015: for Masters Thesis on Internationalization in Higher Education
  • Harvard Black Alumni Society Board member

Additional Information

My graduate thesis  “The Rationales and Strategies of Internationalization in Higher Education: A Comparative Study of the University at Albany and the University of Oslo (2014)” objective was to investigate the motives and strategies behind internationalization in higher education. The intentions are to address the rationales behind internationalizing in higher education in Norway at the University of Oslo, and in the USA, at the University at Albany. As well as the effective strategies on how and to what extent universities increase internationalize on their campus. The research method used was qualitative with the use of a comparative design to compare the University of Oslo and the University at Albany. I interviewed six participants from both universities using semi- structured interviews.

The study explained the mechanisms that make internationalization a success. Common perception that drives internationalization in higher education is financial, competitive and quality driven reforms. For the University at Albany the perspective of increasing the cost of higher education tuition is not to make a profit but to create revenue subsidized programs, which will help the universities to maintain resources available for domestic students. Regarding the University of Oslo’s perspective, higher education provides tuition free to anyone that is enrolled regardless of their background. I examined both universities that have the same objective to increase the rate of internationalization but accomplish these goals very distinctively. The significance of this study is essential for the greater outlook for higher education, where capitalistic influences can reshape how universities recruit and implement their goals. If higher education becomes another industry motivated by capital profits, the development of skilled workers, cultural understanding, and development of society can be affected. My conclusion from the study is that the foundation of a great nation comes from a successful education system, because it is where they can develop cultural understanding and development of national citizenship.