It is with great sadness that Bank Street shares news of the loss of Linda Levine (GSE ’76), who passed away on January 22, 2013.
Linda, an educational anthropologist and longtime member of Bank Street’s Graduate School faculty, dedicated her life to advancing equity and social justice through education.
Linda co-founded and served as the first director of the Urban Education Semester, which brought students from Brown, Vassar, and other undergraduate programs to Bank Street to learn firsthand about issues facing high-needs schools. A member of the Occasional Papers editorial board, in 2010 she contributed a piece for which she interviewed faculty member Pam Jones exploring ways to foster and sustain commitment to urban teaching in young educators.
At Bank Street, Linda served as Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Interim Co-Dean of the Graduate School. As a Graduate School faculty member she taught a variety of courses in several programs. She mentored many, many graduate students and was a beloved colleague of the faculty. Linda always encouraged new teachers to seek a broader cultural competence and a higher level of professional preparation to become truly effective educators.
In 2004, she received the BSCAA Distinguished Service Award in honor of her years of service to Bank Street and its alumni, and of her demonstrated commitment to furthering the beliefs and practices of the College.
Linda once remarked that her decision to come to Bank Street and embark on a career in education was a choice prompted by her commitment to social justice.