How Participatory Research Can Undo the “Single Story”

Family at a protest with daughter holding a sign that reads "When you're tired of waiting, stand up."

By Joanna Geller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” turned 10 years old this summer, yet her message still resonates. Adichie cautions that stories become dangerous when they “show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” She defines this […]

A Better System for Our Children: Supporting the Enrichment of All

By David E. Kirkland On Friday, September 20, 2019, the New York Daily News published an op-ed I wrote supporting the recommendations of the NYC School Diversity Advisory Group—of which I am a member—to rethink gifted education.  This is why I wrote the op-ed.  In 2017, when NYCDOE first released its plan to increase diversity in NYC […]

Roots That Never Die: Deepening NYU Metro Center’s Role In The Integration Movement

A group gathers at Tiimes Square to demand integration

By Matt Gonzales In 1981, NYU Metro Center established the Desegregation Assistance Center (known today in USDOE as the Equity Assistance Centers) to support the important mission outlined by the historic 1954 Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which outlawed segregated schools in America. In subsequent years, NYU Metro Center […]

NYU Metro Center Affirms Anti-Bias Education

multr-racial and multi-gender group of students sit and work in a classroom

Biases continue to outline the contours of American schooling, targeting intersectional identities while lingering in school policies and practices and hardening in the minds and imaginations of many educators. In spite of this, there is a rapidly spreading sentiment that training against bias is flawed, that a system that produces and maintains static racial disparities […]

Staying the Course: Predictable Challenges on the Path to Equity and Racial Justice

Crowd Giving a Standing Ovation

By Natalie McCabe Zwerger For folx who are committed to disrupting and dismantling inequity and racial injustice, there is nothing unfamiliar about the ways the work can be undermined, de-legitimized, and sabotaged. In fact, books have and likely will continue to be written about these challenges. The truth is though: if we can predict it, […]

The Roots of Equity and Transformation: Presenting the Mission, Vision, and Values of NYU Metro Center

Card depicting NYU Metro Center's Mission

By Paloma Garcia Following a two-year process, the team at NYU Metro Center revised its mission and vision and solidified five core values to guide its work. The revisions were not made by a few people within the organization, but rather engaged the entire NYU Metro Center family—16 units made up of close to 100 […]

My Voice, Youth Voice, in the Movement for REAL Integration

Written by Iman Abdul Last fall, while sitting next to New York Times reporter and MacArthur Genius, Nikole Hannah-Jones, in an auditorium at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York, I made the following statement: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This quote […]

Real Integration and Equity in New York City Schools

Students gathering at the steps of a statehouse

Today, New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) took another small step toward equity and one giant leap toward integration, with the release of the initial recommendations by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG), of which NYU Metro Center is a member. The report, titled Making the Grade: The Path to Real Integration and […]

Journey Forward: The New York State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

table that represents the culturally-responsive-sustaining education model.

On Monday, January 14, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) marked its journey forward by presenting its Cultural Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework to the New York State Board of Regents. It was likely one of the most important steps in New York State education history. As some people know, NYU Metro Center is a leading […]

Why Is Public School Curriculum Still Whites Only?

Do an internet search for children’s books by or about people of color, and you will find dozens of lists with hundreds of books, including the 1,000 Black Girl Books compiled by 13-year old Marley Dias. In fact, if you search “children’s book author” together with any number of diverse ethnicities, in seconds you can […]