The Atlantic: "The Risk and Rewards of Student-Exchange Programs"

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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.

When students are systematically isolated, I actually resist the idea that exchanges with students [that are] not actively dismantling [the barriers] are worth the risk,” she said. “When you have them meet, it takes a masterful level of facilitation to make that meeting something of value that doesn’t strip one group of dignity.
— Sarah Camiscoli, IntegrateNYC

Read the full article HERE

The Donors' Education Collaborative Gives $740,000 to Support School Improvement: IntegrateNYC and NY Appleseed Will Benefit

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

Chalkbeat: "Here's What New York City Students Told Top State Officials About School Segregation"

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

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.'"


The Century Foundation Reports on IntegrateNYC's Role in City-Wide Change

As the largest school district in the U.S. and one of the most segregated, New York City "officials have taken preliminary steps to make diversity a consideration in more of the district’s policies."

Read the full article to hear more about the actions being taken and the role of IntegrateNYC in ensuring the diversity of our city is brought into the classrooms of every school.

IntegrateNYC Lead Student Activist Shares Her Thoughts with the Ethics in Education Network

The Value of “What do you think?”

By Hebh Jamal

The greatest question any authoritative figure can ask a child or a student. Inclusivity in all aspects of decision making is vital, but it is most important in our schools.

I would like to consider myself a youth activist working to diversify a segregated school system, and yet while legislation is the ultimate goal in any reform process, it is the student advocates that create change from the bottom on up.

In December of last year, I had the opportunity to speak at an integrated high school. Students from all racial, economic, and educational backgrounds were in a single classroom. I stepped into the main office, and READ MORE

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.


PRRAC celebrates IntegrateNYC's Momentous First Year

In their November/December newsletter, National Coalition of School Diversity partner the Povery and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) ran an article written by IntegrateNYC director Sarah Camiscoli. In the piece, Camiscoli describes the inception and efforts of IntegrateNYC this past year, as well as its goals for the future:

With the power and commitment of resilient, visionary young people, and the support of school communities committed to integration and anti-racist organizing, IntegrateNYC4me plans to change hearts, minds and systems in the 2015-2016 school year.

Students from IntegrateNYC Speak to Teaching Tolerance on Police in Schools

In the latest issue of Teaching Tolerance, IntegrateNYC student interns from Bronx Academy of Letters speak about the discomfort of police presence in schools. They also comment on the excessive police presence found in schools that serve segregated students of color over those that serve integrated school communities.

When she asked students (organizers for the advocacy group IntegrateNYC4me) how it felt to attend a school that was patrolled by police, Camiscoli received answers like ‘They’re always looking at us,’ ‘Just because we are in a school with lots of black and Latino students doesn’t mean we need police’ and ‘Police can help us, but cops being around too much feels like something is wrong.’ And on the subject of passing through a metal detector: ‘It’s very uncomfortable to go through that experience.’
— Teaching Tolerance

Princeton University Breakout Trip Meets With IntegrateNYC

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A Princeton University Breakout trip entitled "Disparate Youth: Urban School Segregation in NYC" met with IntegrateNYC to discuss our work in addressing school segregation. Read their blog post on our stimulating conversation. 

Princeton University Breakout trips are student-driven alternative break trips that seek to immerse students in communities to engage with social issues. According to their blog, "Disparate Youth" in particular sought: explore New York City’s contradictory status as a city that simultaneously represents the epitome of the American melting pot and, according to a March 2014 report by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, one of the most segregated education systems in the nation.

Learn more about the Breakout program here