Still Separate, Still Unequal…

Memories of Sakura Park Global Festival

Round Table panelists with President-Elect Shael Polakow-Suransky (third from left) and BSCAA President Jim Clay ’88 (far right)

On February 10, the BSCAA, the Bank Street College Alumni Association, hosted a round table discussion on public education. BSCCA President Jim Clay ’88 began the evening, which was created by BSCAA Advisory Board member Margaret Ryan ’01, and Steve Evangelista ’01, co-founders of Harlem Link Charter School.
Dean Virginia Roach joined them, sharing that

“Still Separate, Still Unequal” is an important topic. Sixty years ago the Supreme Court in the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education struck down the notion of separate, but equal, education for African American children. Today, our racism is much more covert. While children of all racial-ethnic groups have the right to be educated together, we segregate children by programs in education.

She then shared several facts to consider, and went on reiterate that she has been actively listening to our alumni, faculty, and students, as addressing issues of diversity is a main focus for the Graduate School. Next, Virginia introduced President-Elect Shael Polakow-Suransky ’00, saying,

We could not be more pleased that Bank Street’s next president is an alumnus. While I am just getting to know him, he impresses me as someone who recognizes the importance of enhancing diversity and cares deeply about educational equity.

Shael spoke briefly before turning the evening over to moderators Margaret Ryan and Steve Evangelista. The panelists were:
Martha Andrews, who has been an educator in New York City schools for sixteen years and is currently a

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