The Global Education Movement (GEM) provides learners affected by conflict and economic disinvestment the opportunity to earn accredited bachelor’s degrees and pathways to meaningful employment. With a curriculum focused on building marketable skills for 21st century employment, GEM is unlocking the potential of a new generation of leaders that can take on intractable problems — from poverty and famine to conflict and disease — that once were significant barriers to their success.

Tags: Education, Education Equity, Education for all, Life long learning, 21st Century Skills, Future Skills, Future Work

Chrystina Russell

Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Russell is the Executive Director of GEM. She spearheaded the original model in Rwanda to bring university education and employment pathways to refugee learners. Previously, she was the Chief Academic Officer of Kepler, the first blended learning university program in Rwanda. She was the founding principal of Global Tech Prep, a public school focused on low-income students and technology. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a BA in Social Organization & Minority Communities, and holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the CUNY Graduate Center.

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