The OSUN Hubs are a global initiative advocating for educational and professional development access for those affected by displacement and host community members to realize their full potential to reach individual ambitions. Through deep partnerships with universities in countries of first asylum, state actors, university consortia, refugee-led organizations, the private sector, and UN agencies, the Hubs design and implement programs for post-secondary learners, teachers working in these communities, and local researchers exploring issues related to refugees and displaced people.
Dr. Rebecca Granato, Principal Investigator, Director
Rebecca Granato is the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Bard College and Program Director for the Open Society University Network’s Hubs for Connected Learning Initiatives (Hubs) in Eastern Africa and the MENA region. Dr. Granato’s work focuses on developing and delivering contextualized, learner-centred learning experiences in undergraduate courses, teacher professional development and research-oriented training in places affected by crisis and displacement for refugees, internally displaced people and those in the host communities. She has also been an Associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing & Thinking since 2004, in which capacity she has developed and delivered teacher professional development in places as far reaching as Myanmar, Jordan and Kyrgyzstan, among others. Following undergraduate and graduate studies at Bard College, Exeter College, Oxford, and CUNY, she received her PhD in Global History from the intercampus program based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
Dr. Kerry Bystrom, Co-Principal Investigator
Nick Sabato, Co-Principal Investigator
Nick Sabato, Director of Country Programs for Education for Humanity at Arizona State University, has over a decade of experience in higher education and international development with specific instances working in refugee communities, managing international education programs in conflict-affected areas and developing university strategy for launching global initiatives.
Nick currently leads ASU’s efforts in extending educational access to refugees, displaced and communities affected by displacement in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa through user-centric and partnership-driven connected learning programs. He leads operational efforts with the UN Refugee Agency, humanitarian agency partners and government representatives in developing collaborative programs that prepare learners to meet their educational ambitions. His educational background includes an MA in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service and a BS in Psychology from Miami University (OH).
Joanna began her career as a Kindergarten and later First Grade Teacher at an elementary school in Washington, DC. From there, she went on to work closely with public schools across the nation in survey development and implementation in the areas of school climate, employee and student engagement, as well as college-readiness. In this capacity, she aided in district efforts to promote collaboration with stakeholders to achieve a more informed and inclusive decision-making process. At the National Association of Independent Schools, Joanna helped school leadership teams understand how to strategically collect and use critical data points to improve school operations.
Joanna earned a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, with a Secondary concentration in Economics. She also earned an Ed.M in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is excited to join EdPlus at ASU and pursue her lifelong passion of improving equity and access in education.
- Al-Quds Bard College
- American University of Bulgaria
- American University of Central Asia
- Arizona State University
- Bard College
- Bard College Berlin
- Brac University
- Central European University
- Kenyatta University
- Princeton’s Global History Lab
- Resilience Action International
- Rift Valley Institute
- URise Africa
- Windle International
- Xavier Project
- Yarmouk University