Vice President for Continuing Education, Workforce Development, and Strategic Community Partnerships & Professor of International Politics at The City University of New York/Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.
Education: Ph.D., with Honors, in International Relations from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Biography: Reza has had a long-standing, passionate commitment to promoting human rights globally. This interest began in his years as a dissident in Iran where he was arrested under the Shah’s regime for possessing testimonies of political prisoners and banned books. Since becoming a higher education practitioner in the U.S., he has intensified this devotion by conceiving and successfully implementing civic and global engagement programs at his colleges, lecturing and writing about the imperative of global citizenship, and serving on the board of national organizations devoted to human, civil, and democratic rights.
Reza established an AI chapter at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY in New York City in 2000 which hosted the AIUSA Conference, “Teach Truth to Power,” attended by educators in the tri-state area, with the author Kerry Kennedy as the keynote speaker. As the member of the Board of the Student World Assembly since 2004, and its Chairman from 2008, he was able to organize and energize members globally at the chapter/school level for various campaigns and causes, global and/or local in dimension.
Relatedly, Reza actively serves on the National Steering Committee of The Democracy Commitment, as Secretary of the Board of Global Citizenship Alliance, on the Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute’s Wye Seminar, on the Editorial Advisory Board of AAC&U’s Liberal Education, and on the International Advisory Board of GlobalMindEd. He also served on the founding Steering Committee of Dream.US—a national scholarship for undocumented college-bound youth (Dreamers).
Reza has been trained in a number of national executive leadership workshops and brings extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, resources allocation, personnel management, diversity recruitment, technology integration, branding/marketing, and speaking on pressing international issues.
Reza received the Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 2013. He has also taught at Fordham University, Vassar College, International Pacific College in New Zealand, and has been a visiting faculty at Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.
He frequently speaks and writes about the imperative of global, intercultural, and interreligious understanding and engagement in our rapidly globalizing and highly interdependent world. His recent article on “Educating for Religious Pluralism and Inclusive Citizenship” appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Diversity & Democracy.