2017 Conference

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October 19th & 20th, 2017
New York City, NY

The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD)’s fourth national conference, “A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration Through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform,” is expected to bring together over 400 people from across the country to discuss and strengthen strategies for reducing racial and socioeconomic isolation in elementary and secondary schools. Our 2017 conference focuses on empowering communities and the next generation of leaders.

The social and academic benefits of racially and socioeconomically integrated schools are well documented. In addition to helping to narrow the achievement gap, research shows that students attending integrated schools are better equipped for a global economy, have improved civic attitudes towards democratic participation, and demonstrate enhanced critical thinking and problem solving skills. Despite the overwhelming research on the benefits of diverse learning environments, segregation—which is closely tied to educational inequities—is a persistent challenge in our nation’s public schools.

NCSD’s national conference provides a space for parents, students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, policymakers (from federal, state and local levels), and other supporters to coalesce around a shared commitment to integrated education. Attendees exchange best practices; discuss and generate tools and ideas aimed to introduce, enhance, or protect school diversity initiatives in their communities across the country; and build supportive relationships. It is the largest cross-sector school integration convening in the nation.





  • More detailed schedule information can be found here.


Conference Hotel (note new location):

NYLO New York City
2178 Broadway (at W 77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Reservation: 212.362.1100


If you have any questions, please email Erika Speed (ncsdconference2017@gmail.com).

Note that NCSD will cover the difference between the NYLO rate ($319 for a single queen room) and the previous conference hotel rate ($269 for a single room + taxes and fees) for conference attendees who book within the deadline, which is September 22nd.  No more double rooms are available.


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 Confirmed Supporters:

  • American Education Solutions
  • The Center for Diversity and Equality in Education at Rutgers University
  • The Century Foundation
  • The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
  • The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA
  • Connecticut Education Association
  • Diverse Charter Schools Coalition
  • ERASE Racism
  • Fair Housing Justice Center
  • Ford Foundation
  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley
  • Institute for Social Progress at Wayne County Community College District
  • IntegrateNYC4me
  • Intercultural Development Research Association
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Learning Policy Institute
  • Magnet Schools of America
  • The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
  • Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector
  • National Education Association
  • National Education Policy Center
  • New York Appleseed
  • Poverty and Race Research Action Council
  • Proskauer Rose
  • The Public Good Project
  • Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
  • Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Become a sponsor (Sponsorship levels are $1000, $2500, $5000, and $10000) – email gchirichigno@prrac.org for more information.

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