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Creating and Seizing the Moment

June 16, 2015

Time:12:00 am

School Discipline and School Safety Reform In New York City

Led by the Donors’ Education Collaborative and co-sponsored by NYC Youth Funders, Just and Fair Schools Fund, and Philanthropy New York

After years of advocacy by young people, parents, educators, and communities, New York City is re-examining its approach to school safety and discipline. This session will explore the following questions: Why is reform needed? How did advocates create the public will for reform? Now that the Mayor has formed a School Climate Leadership Team, what are the current opportunities for change? What lies ahead?


  • Kavitha Mediratta, Head, Racial Equity Programmes, The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Shoshi Chowdhury, Coordinator, Dignity in Schools Campaign – NY
  • Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
  • Celeste Douglas-Wheeler, Principal J.H.S. 57 in Brooklyn
  • Tala Manassah, Deputy Executive Director, Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
  • Kim Sweet, Executive Director, Advocates for Children of New York

Please RSVP to by Friday, June 12, 2015


June 16, 2015
12:00 am