Become an NCSD Member

NCSD membership is open to organizations that have demonstrated or are willing to demonstrate a commitment to racial and economic school integration in the United States.

Once you fill out the application form and sign the accompanying Membership Statement, the NCSD Steering Committee will consider your candidacy. The steering committee meets four times a year, so it may take up to three months for a final decision. If you wish to follow up with us, please email Gina Chirichigno at

Thinking About Applying for Membership to NCSD?

The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) engages in research, public education, and advocacy to help expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial and socioeconomic isolation. Members are invited to participate–consistent with their organization’s ability and designation–in NCSD’s advocacy efforts, which include, but are not limited to: legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy (e.g. communicating with departments of education and other non-legislative government agencies/bodies), and civil rights litigation at the district, local, state, and national levels.

Membership is free and open to organizations that meet specific criteria, which is described below. In lieu of the annual membership dues that most national organizations require, NCSD requests that members make a voluntary contribution (consistent with an organization’s capacity) to its bi-annual conference. You can learn more about our past conferences at

Please note: NCSD does not accept applications from individuals.


The Benefits of Joining NCSD

Membership in NCSD provides opportunities to:
  • Meet, learn from, connect with, and build alliances among our ever-growing, dynamic network made up of people and organizations committed to creating, sustaining, and improving equitable and diverse schools in the United States
  • Access members-only conference calls that provide up-to-date information and insights about research, practice, and policy work in the field
  • Amplify your work through our newsletter, which is disseminated to a network of 5,000+ integration supporters nationwide
  • Connect with a community of peers when you have questions or are looking for information and allies to strengthen your work
  • Lend your voice and perspectives on school integration with local and national media
  • Express support and contribute your skills to NCSD’s many advocacy efforts and campaigns at local, state, and national levels
  • Receive public recognition of your membership and activities on our website and our conference materials

What We Ask of Members

  • A contribution, consistent with your organization’s capacity, to our bi-annual conference
  • Keep NCSD reasonably informed about your organization’s integration-related work
  • Public support for NCSD’s work. This could include publicizing our written products, webinars, or events and supporting NCSD’s advocacy efforts, as appropriate
  • Recognition of your affiliation with NCSD, e.g. on your website or when speaking at education conferences and similar events
  • We strongly encourage collaboration and communication between members, in order to inform, enhance, amplify, and better understand each other’s work
  • Be welcoming, inclusive, and curious about other NCSD members and their work. This might include amplifying and supporting fellow members’ work through social media, issuing invitations to members to be on panels, or simply by connecting by phone or in-person to learn about each other’s work
  • Make efforts to connect with fellow members when visiting, presenting, and/or attending events in other cities
  • Particularly if you are experienced in the field, with status and connections to opportunities and knowledge, encourage and support emerging practitioners, researchers, and advocates dedicated to this important work
  • That you sign our Membership Statement (you must have the proper authority to submit an application on your organization’s behalf).

Please note: NCSD is not accepting applications from individual schools (including colleges/universities) or school districts at this time. Instead, we encourage you to connect with some of the following members and partners, which are better positioned to provide support and guidance to schools and districts:

  • Beloved Community’s work includes research & data analysis on longitudinal impacts of diverse schools/housing and advocacy for local & regional policies that incentivize socioeconomically diverse schools and housing. Read about their equity audit research study here.
  • The Bridges Collaborative (housed at The Century Foundation) aims to bring together leaders of school systems, charter schools, and fair housing advocates, and provide them the space and opportunity to learn from one another, build grassroots political support, and develop successful strategies for integration.
  • The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition works to catalyze and support the creation and expansion of high-quality diverse public charter schools through strategic research, advocacy, membership activities, and outreach.
  • The Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3) at NYU Metro Center, is designed to support policy development and design, implementation, and advocacy for school integration.
  • National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (“NIMSL”) is the technical assistance arm of Magnet Schools of America, whose mission is to provide professional development related to the MSA’s five pillars: 1) Diversity; 2) Innovative Curriculum and Professional Development; 3) Academic Excellence; 4) High Quality Instructional Systems; 5) Family and Community Partnerships.
  • Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools at Teachers College, Columbia University provides professional development for educators, policy makers, parents, and all stakeholders in K-12 schools around the opportunities and challenges of creating and sustaining racially, ethnically and socio-economically integrated schools.
  • Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (“RIDES”) project at Harvard Graduate School of Education helps schools achieve the “ABCDs of True Integration” through coaching, as well as collecting promising practices on the Resources section of our website. (ABCDs – Academics, Belonging, Commitment to dismantling racism and oppression, and Diversity)



To find out more about becoming an NCSD member organization, feel free to contact us:

Gina Chirichigno
The National Coalition on School Diversity

Philip Tegeler
Executive Director
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Also, refer to our strategic plan for more details about our work.

Event 9/19: The Lines Between Us: At School and At Home

***A livestream of the event will be available via PRRAC’s Facebook page.***

We are excited to partner with the Poverty and Race Research Action Council on “The Lines Between Us: At School and At Home” on September 19, 2019.

We will welcome Lawrence Lanahan, author of the new book The Lines Between Us, a story of two families in Baltimore set against the background of decades of segregation and the evolution of the landmark Thompson v. HUD public housing desegregation case.  Lawrence Lanahan will be joined by Cara McClellan from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and journalist J. Brian Charles.

The panel discussion will be held in PRRAC’s event space at 740 15th St. NW. Refreshments will be available at 5:30pm, and the discussion will start at 6:00pm.

Register here for this free event.

Who: Lawrence Lanahan, Cara McClellan, and J. Brian Charles
“The Lines Between Us: At School and At Home” 
Where: PRRAC offices – 740 15th St. NW
When: September 19th at 6:00pm (refreshments at 5:30pm)
Why: To explore interconnections between segregation in housing and schools

RAP Members in the News: "‘Do You Support Busing?’ Is Not the Best Question" in NYT

‘Do You Support Busing?’ Is Not the Best Question
by Emily Badger
July 6, 2019
The New York Times

NCSD Research Advisory Panel members Genevieve Siegel-Hawley and Erica Frankenberg were quoted in this article, following Kamala Harris and Joe Biden’s exchange about busing on the Democratic debate stage.

“But historically, the defendants in most school desegregation cases were school districts and school boards, and so courts had no power to demand fixes that might have affected the housing market.

That placed outsized expectations on busing that would be the same today, and raises another question: ‘Why was the burden of undoing centuries of discrimination and segregation placed solely on schools?’ said Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies the relationship between schools and housing.”

“George Romney, Mitt Romney’s father and the secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Nixon administration, argued for witholding federal money from communities that blocked housing for lower-income and minority families, rather than just transporting African-American children to schools in such places. But President Nixon halted the idea.

‘That could have been a really different turning point in terms of how we think about school desegregation, but also about our neighborhoods,’ said Erica Frankenberg, a professor of education at Penn State.”

This article also references NCSD’s statement regarding the proposed Strength in Diversity Act:

“Some of these choices would have to be made locally. But the federal government could offer grants to entice districts and states willing to make them.”

Ifill: The Same Myths That Thwarted Busing Are Keeping School Segregation Alive

Opinion: The Same Myths That Thwarted Busing Are Keeping School Segregation Alive
by Sherrilyn Ifill
July 5, 2019

State of Integration 2018

The State of Integration 2018 is a compilation of essays by the National Coalition on School Diversity’s staff and members. It begins with an assessment of current threats to school integration. It then chronicles some of the new progress and opportunities we are seeing at state and local levels.

NCSD in the News: Politico Covers Anti-Busing Law

Anti-busing law dating from the 1970s eyed for elimination
by Nicole Gaudiano
June 13, 2019

“A spending bill last year axed the anti-busing language, and it was ‘huge’ that Congress was able to do so after so many decades, said Philip Tegeler, of the National Coalition on School Diversity. Now, he said it needs to finish the job with a ‘final detail’ that would remove the funding restriction permanently.

“‘It’s a throwback, it’s an anachronism from the ’70s, and it just needs to get fixed,’ he said.”

Press Release: NCSD Lauds the Introduction of the Strength in Diversity Act


Washington, DC – This week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11) respectively introduced the Senate and House of Representatives versions of the Strength in Diversity Act. Specifically, the NCSD-endorsed proposed legislation would provide support and funding for voluntary, local efforts to further the socioeconomic and racial integration of schools. As we approach the 65th anniversary of the Brown decision, it is commendable that Congress is taking steps to support students and the educators working to develop their potential on a day-to-day basis.

Additionally, it is clear that the sponsors along with the co-sponsors, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Gregorio Sablan (D-MP), as well as Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT), understand the important role integrated schools play in our diverse, democratic society. As we noted in a 2018 research brief, Re-Weaving the Social Fabric Through Integrated Schools: How Intergroup Contact Prepares Youth to Thrive in a Multiracial Society: “Socioeconomically and racially integrated schools help students to discover their commonalities, and to acknowledge meaningful differences in perspective and experience, which can enhance mutual understanding and foster inclusion and participation in a multicultural democracy.”

Specifically, the Strength in Diversity Act would:

  • Authorize federal funding to provide planning and implementation grants to support voluntary local efforts to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity. Grants could fund a range of proposals, including (but not limited to):
    • Studying segregation, evaluating current policies, and developing evidence-based plans to address racial and socioeconomic isolation;
    • Establishing public school choice zones and revising school boundaries;
    • Creating or expanding innovative school programs that can attract students from outside the local area; and
    • Recruiting, hiring, and training new teachers to support specialized schools.

NCSD Steering Committee Members’ Reactions:

Susan Eaton, Professor of Practice & Director, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University: “In a time marked by divisive politics, it is deeply inspiring to see two stellar elected officials propose legislation that recognizes both the harm of segregation and the potential of true integration to enhance learning for all, to equalize opportunities for social mobility and to reduce racism and prejudice. We thank Senator Murphy and Rep. Fudge for responding to the calls of young people, parents and educators across the country who are asking for new structures, policies and practices to create, sustain and improve diverse and equitable public schools.”

Matt Gonzales, Director of the School Diversity Project, New York Appleseed:  “We applaud Senator Murphy and Rep. Fudge for introducing the Strength in Diversity Act, a bill that should provide much-needed federal support for districts to develop, implement, or expand school integration initiatives. For too long, the federal government has dropped the ball on its commitment to achieve the mandate of the 1954 Brown decision. Despite this intransigence, cities and states across the country have taken the lead in building diverse and equitable schools, and the Strength in Diversity Act offers a meaningful opportunity, and necessary resources to support these voluntary efforts. As our student partners at IntegrateNYC have said, it has been 65 years since the Brown decision, and it is long overdue that we #RetireSegregation!”

Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism: “This is an important bill, because it recognizes and addresses the reality that racial segregation in public schools is growing. This has profound consequences for those students whose needs are inadequately addressed and for the nation as a whole, which misses out on the educational benefits of diversity. This bill will enhance crucial efforts to increase diversity in education, which is a local need and should be a national priority.”

Philip Tegeler, President/Executive Director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council: “It’s a sophisticated bill that understands that school segregation in the 21st century is about both racial and economic isolation, and that more often than not, segregation happens across school district lines. This bill also recognizes the reciprocal relationships among schools, housing, and transportation, and encourages districts to plan holistically.”

ConstantContact version is here.


Event: Hill Briefing (4/9/19)

How Congress, States, and School Districts Can Take Action on School Diversity
April 9, 2019
10:30am – 12:00pm
The U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, SVC Room 201-00
Washington, DC, 20515

Please RSVP to

Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education, the research remains clear that integrated schools produce better outcomes for all students, and strategies to promote racial and socioeconomic diversity are being used by school districts across the country.

Please join the National Coalition on School Diversity and The Century Foundation for a congressional briefing on how all levels of government can support the growing national movement for school integration.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Sufyan Hameed, Director of Expansion, IntegrateNYC
  • Angélica Infante-Green, Deputy Commissioner, New York State Education Department
  • Richard Kahlenberg, Director of K-12 Equity and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University

Moderated by Kimberly Quick, Senior Policy Associate, The Century Foundation

This congressional briefing is being held in collaboration with Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11).

See PDF version of invite here.
Share on Twitter here.

NCSD School Integration Policy Agenda (2019)

In “A School Integration Policy Agenda for 2019 and Beyond,” we outline 10 policy proposals that incentivize integration as the 116th Congress begins its work.

This document builds off of another document, “Crafting a Policy Agenda for 2019 and Beyond,” released in July 2018, which offered a list of strategies for consideration during federal, state, and local deliberations about how to shape our future educational systems.

These ideas are the result of a months-long process of engaging some of the integration movement’s most visionary and pragmatic leaders and thinkers, many of whom are grappling with these issues on a day-to-day basis in schools and community-based settings.

Sunil Mansukhani and James Colligan from The Raben Group facilitated this process. We are extremely grateful to our policy working group members for their time and effort:

  • Derek Black, University of South Carolina School of Law*
  • Nicole Dooley, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Matt Gonzales, NY Appleseed
  • Kris Nordstrom, North Carolina Justice Center
  • Will Stancil, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at University of Minnesota Law School
*University affiliations provided for informational purposes only

Event: Matt Gonzales LTLT Visit 1/29

Powerpoint – LTLT Visit