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
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
Chalkbeat publicized IntegrateNYC's student rally that took place on the steps of City Hall in May. Students protested in order to demand school integration in New York City and a voice in the undertaking.
Read the full feature HERE
In a new feature on the work to integrate schools, The Atlantic includes IntegrateNYC and our work with Harvard’s Reimagining Integration program, the National Coalition on School Diversity, and The Century Foundation to strategize for this modern movement.
"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."
"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.'"
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 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.
The Huffington Post published an article about IntegrateNYC's origins and school exchange program.
Read the full article HERE
As part of the SchoolBook "What To Do About New York City Schools" series, WNYC sat down with Amera Attalah and Nashalie Robledo of District 7 and Hebh Jamal of District 2. Listen to these Student Advocates share their experiences and visions for an integrated city. Read the full article here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.