Inclusivus Podcast Interviews IntegrateNYC's Student Activist Matthew Diaz and Executive Director Sarah Camiscoli

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

The Bell Podcast Interviews Lead Youth Activist Hebh Jamal

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

Helping Students Process the Election of Donald Trump

"Following the recent presidential election, some communities are feeling vulnerable and fearful that the potential policies of the new administration might affect them negatively. While children of those communities may be feeling the same anxiety, they're not necessarily able to process and understand these very adult concepts. Teachers are on the front line helping their students navigate the world, but how are they speaking with their students about the recent election and the potential impact on their lives?

Here to tell us about some of the challenges teachers are facing in this politically charged climate are David Bloomfield, Professor of Educational Leadership at Brooklyn College, and Sarah Camiscoli, Co-Founder and Co-Director of IntegrateNYC, an advocacy organization focused on increasing diversity in New York City public schools."

Love Still Trumps Fear

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"After receiving a flood of worried text messages on election night, Camiscoli gave [IntegrateNYC Activists] the option to write a letter. On brightly colored paper, each stamped with a heart and the words 'Love Trumps Fear,' she asked them to to send a message to any community that might need to hear something positive.

"Rather than despair, the letters are full of encouragement.

"'No matter what happens, we have to accept it and plan to move forward,' reads one, addressed to fellow students. 'You have a dream ahead you have to hold onto.'

"Another letter, addressed to the LGBT community, says, 'I just want to tell you that you are strong, you are beautiful and that you are brave.'"


No Scan Zone: De Blasio Announces Metal Detector Changes

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The IntegrateNYC advocates from District 15 have called for the removal of the scanners in their school, which students walk through every day. The students point to the incredible harm this does to students' dignity, the vast statistics that show the disparity of scanner placements meaning they disproportionately harm poor students of color, and the damage surveillance does to a sense of community within a school building.

After the advocates painted a mural and held an unveiling in their community, inviting political leaders and other activists, Mayor de Blasio announced "the city’s first formal protocols for adding and removing metal detectors from schools."

Read more about the story here

Chalkbeat: "How Should New York City Teachers Guide Conversations About Race and Police Violence?"

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Chalkbeat interviewed parents, students, and teachers across the city to discuss how to have powerful conversations about racism and police violence. Hebh Jamal, our Lead Student Activist, and Sarah Camiscoli, IntegrateNYC Co-Director, share their voice and a vision for systemic solutions to systemic issues.


A Fearless Force: Sarah Camiscoli, Co-Founder and Co-Director of IntegrateNYC, Shares Her Story

Sarah Camiscoli, Co-Founder and Co-Director of IntegrateNYC, was selected to participate in A FEARLESS FORCE: Public Speaking for Visionary Women Leaders offered by Fearless Communicator.  The intensive program was offered to eight exceptional women leaders and culminated with a 10-minute TED-style signature speech. Watch the story of IntegrateNYC as told by Sarah above.  

School Stories: "Building a Student Movement One Paint Stroke at a Time"

Check out School Stories' coverage of our new mural painted by students from Park Slope Collegiate, in protest of scanners in schools.

Students hope to spark conversation about how symbols of security and criminality have come to define a public school system marked by segregation. They plan to not only rock the halls of their school and other schools across the city, but also to influence policy makers at city school headquarters.
— School Stories

Bronx Academy of Letters' Course on Integration Featured on WNYC

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This morning, WNYC's SchoolBook ran a story on an elective course on integration taught at Bronx Academy of Letters by IntegrateNYC director, Sarah Camiscoli. Listen to hear student perspectives on what they've gained from the class, and what they'll be presenting to the Department of Education next year. 

IntegrateNYC Comments on DOE's Pilot Program Aimed at Diversity

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The DOE is instituting a pilot program which will give preference to English Language Learner and low-income students in enrollment at seven Manhattan and Brooklyn elementary schools. An article about the program on Politico New York includes IntegrateNYC4me's take on how this is just a first step:

‘Integration can seem overwhelming if we are only thinking about enrollment,’ said Sarah Camiscoli, a teacher at District 7’s Bronx Letters High School and a facilitator for IntegrateNYC4Me, in a recent interview.
— Politico

NY Chalkbeat Covers Bronx Academy of Letters' Class on School Segregation

This year, IntegrateNYC director Sarah Camiscoli is teaching an elective class on school segregation at Bronx Academy of Letters. In the class, students discuss school segregation as a national and local issue, study how resources are distributed among segregated and integrated schools, and develop skills in student advocacy. Ultimately, they will present their findings before the DOE. Read the full feature by Monica Disare on NY Chalkbeat.

The class’s loftier goal is to give these students a voice in the ongoing public discussion about race and New York City schools. That debate has intensified this year, as New York’s schools were named among the most segregated in the nation. But those conversations rarely involve high schoolers from the South Bronx.
— Monica Disare, Chalkbeat

City Council Passes the School Diversity Accountability Act

Students testify before the Department of Education

Students testify before the Department of Education

On May 27, City Council came together to pass the School Diversity Accountability Act, legislation that will require the DOE to report more thoroughly on school diversity and demographics. This is a massive win for IntegrateNYC: it was, in fact, our 2015 campaign goal! Last December, student interns from IntegrateNYC4me testified in support of the act.