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

Quartzy Covers Hebh Jamal's Feature in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 20"

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's "21 Under 20 2017" Highlights Hebh Jamal

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

Los Angeles Daily News: "'Teach Us All,' The First Film by Santa Clarita's Sonia Lowman, Comes to Netflix with Ava DuVernay's help"

"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

CUP: "Public School Avengers"

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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": Student Testimonies

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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.

I KNOW THAT IF I SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE I HAVE AS A BLACK MALE HE WILL UNDERSTAND ME.
— Wesley, Amityville

Read all of the testimonies HERE

"See Our Truth" October 2017 Report Emphasizes the Importance of Diversity Amongst Educators

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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. 

When we listen to students, teachers, and school and district leaders, as well as the research, it is clear that to ensure all students receive the high-quality education they deserve — one that prepares them for success in college, careers, and civic life — New York State must do a better job improving equitable access to strong educators who are well-prepared, well-supported, and diverse.
— See Our Truth, October 2017

EmbraceRace: "IntegrateNYC4me: Pushing Back Against Segregated Public Schools in NYC and Beyond"

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. 

Watch the interview HERE, or read the transcript HERE

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

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

WNYC: "Graduating Seniors Offer Advice to Their High Schools"

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