An article from The Atlantic in September explored the the impact of exchange programs between students of different backgrounds. IntegrateNYC was mentioned in the article, and Sarah Camiscoli offered her own opinions about the benefit or harm of school exchanges.
Read the full article HERE
Sarah Camiscoli, IntegrateNYC's founder and executive director, and Aneth Naranjo, Director of Youth Engagement, both spoke at the event this week along with representatives from a number of other organizations.
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It was announced yesterday that the Donors' Education Collaborative in the New York Community Trust is donating a total $740,000 to various organizations that advocate for change within the New York City school system. Both IntegrateNYC and NY Appleseed were named as organizations that will receive funding from this donation. The article mentions the work of both organizations in building a student movement for school integration.
Read the full press release HERE
In December, students from IntegrateNYC spoke to New York City council members about their experiences in segregated schools, touching upon topics such as flaws within admissions practices and unequal resource allocation.
Read Chalkbeat's full article HERE
In this WNYC segment from September, young women reflect on what it means to be female in the current political climate. Their impressions highlight empowerment and progress for women as well as a culture of sexism that has been in some ways reinvigorated by Donald Trump's election.
Read the article and listen to the full segment HERE
In an article published in December, Quartzy pointed out the significance of those chosen to be featured in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20" for 2017: that the magazine is turning towards presenting activists and artists over celebrities as role models for its readers. The article notes Hebh Jamal's role as one of Teen Vogue's cover stars for the issue as a part of this shift.
Read the Quartzy article HERE
Read Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20" HERE
Teen Vogue featured youth activist leader Hebh Jamal in its "21 Under 20" for 2017, an annual list that reports on remarkable teens who are the "faces of the future." The article speaks about Hebh's activism, noting the mass student walkout she planned last February to protest President Trump's initial travel ban.
Read the full feature HERE
In December, Chalkbeat published an article by Ritchie Torres, Brad Lander, and Daniel Dromm that spoke about diversity progress in New York City schools in last three years. The article mentions IntegrateNYC, and commends its part in the process!
Read the full article HERE
This video compiles interviews from 16 students and other practitioners involved in restorative justice to explain the concept and describe the ethos and mission of RJI.
Visit Restorative Justice Initiative's website HERE
"Teach Us All," a documentary by Sonia Lowman, premiered on Netflix in September. The Los Angeles Daily News covered the story. The film chronicles efforts to integrate schools in the United States over the past 60 years, starting with the famous Little Rock Nine. In doing so, Lowman critiques the strategies policymakers have employed to bring about integration, and points out the harm some diversity efforts have on students of color who are thrust into majority white schools.
In the LADN article, Lowman offers her own perspective on the project:
“The movie’s most basic, main point is the continuity with the Little Rock crisis. Sixty years later, we haven’t come far enough, our schools are resegregating and it’s still, in my opinion, the most urgent civil rights issue we’re facing. The system we have is essentially disenfranchising millions of students, and setting them up for lifetimes of being marginalized, economically and socially.”
Read the full article HERE
Watch "Teach Us All" HERE
The Center for Urban Pedagogy teamed up with artist Napur Mathur and students from The Red Hook Community Justice Center to publish "Public School Avengers," a booklet in graphic novel format that creatively outlines the ins and outs of school segregation, how the system impacts students.
Read the booklet HERE
See Our Truth provided a number of testimonies from students of color living all around New York state highlighting the impact it had on their education to be taught by teachers of color who reflect the diversity of the country.
Read all of the testimonies HERE
This past October, See Our Truth published a report that spoke to a need for schools to ensure diversity among their educators in order to cultivate inclusive learning environments for students of color.
EmbraceRace hosted IntegrateNYC's youth activists Hebh Jamal and Matthew Diaz along with executive director Sarah Camiscoli for a conversation about the history of segregation in NYC public schools, and what is being done to change it. Sarah described the way IntegrateNYC looks at integration, articulating "The 5 R's of Real Integration," and Matt and Hebh talked in depth about their own efforts to induce this kind of restructuring.
In this episode of Inclusivus, host Judith Registre interviews Matthew Diaz, Youth Director of National Outreach for the Committee on Resource Allocation for IntegrateNYC, and Executive Director Sarah Camiscoli. Sarah describes the roots of school segregation in New York City, and Matthew speaks about his initiatives as a student activist to change this system.
Listen to the full interview HERE
In this episode of the Bell Podcast, Hebh Jamal shares her path to student activism, and illustrates how inequity permeates New York City high schools.
Specifically, Hebh zones in on how the high school application process in New York City perpetuates school segregation and disadvantages poor students and students who have attended underfunded middle schools:
"Some of [the high schools] you need to have an interview for, but you’ve never been prepped for an interview before, or you need to have so many extracurriculars, but you have to take care of your brother and sister after school while your parents work from nine to six. So how is that fair when you are expecting the same kind of outcomes on all students, when all students live totally different lives. Some can go be in a band, and join soccer teams, and have so many things going for them, but other students don’t. So why is one type of student capable of going to a great, prestigious school, and another one is not."
Listen to the entire podcast HERE
In July, student activists from IntegrateNYC and Epic Theater Ensemble met with New York state policymakers to share their perspectives on segregation in New York City high schools. Chalkbeat covered the story and featured student testimonies about their own high school experiences of segregation and its implications.
Julisa Perez spoke about the impact IntegrateNYC's school exchange had on her understanding of the racial makeup of her own high school:
"When I went into the [school] exchange, I was really excited to see how different the other school would be. But when I got there, I saw how much of a community that school had and personally, I didn’t feel that in my school. My school is majority white and it’s just very segregated within the school, so [I liked] coming into [a different] school and seeing how much community they had and how friendly they are. They just say hi to each other in the hallways and everybody knows each other and even us. We went in and we’re like strangers and they were so welcoming to us and I know they didn’t have the same experience at our school. That really interested me and that’s how I got into the work."
Read the article HERE
WNYC featured excerpts of letters written by four graduating seniors (Jazmine Williams, Yacine Fall, Haby Sondo, and IntegrateNYC's very own lead student activist, Hebh Jamal) to their high schools. The letters all talked about the racial inequity that permeated the four students' different high schools, and offered advice regarding how their schools could address this problem.
Read the article and listen to the full story HERE