New Jersey has among the most segregated schools in the country. This segregation has a negative impact on all students who attend these schools. It limits their educational opportunities, deprives them of the chance to develop the connections to and understanding of students from different backgrounds, and to develop the skills they need to work in a workforce that will be increasingly diverse as they enter it.
What can philanthropy do to address this situation?
CNJG will join with the Sillerman Center at Brandeis University to present an interactive conversation about pathways to racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse public schools.
Susan Eaton, Director, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
Suchitra Saxena, Consultant, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
Elise Boddie, Professor of Law, Rutgers University
Susan Eaton and Suchi Saxena, of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, will present findings and recommendations from their recent report:Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive K-12 Public Schools: A New Call for Philanthropic Support. (Copies provided to attendees). This report explores the voluminous research base about the benefits of diversity, current practice on the ground and the role funders can play in advancing this constructive work, which aligns with numerous philanthropic strategies. Rutgers Professor of Law Elise Boddie will discuss hopeful advocacy and DEI practice in New Jersey and illuminate paths forward for this work. This is a conversation with relevance to education funders, certainly, but as the report suggests, it is also relevant for grantmakers concerned with democracy, racial equity more broadly, opportunities for social mobility, immigrant integration, strengthening democracy and community engagement, empathy and intergroup relationship building. We look forward to an interactive session that highlights the opportunities for pursuing this work in the state. ThisNew York Times op-ed, "Linda Brown and the Unfinished Work of School Integration," co-authored by Professor Boddie, demonstrates the urgency and possibility of pursuing equitable school integration.
Cost: Free for CNJG Members/$35 for Non Member Grantmakers
This program is open to grantmakers only.