2017 Conference

A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform
October 19th & 20th, 2017
New York City, NY

Click here to register.

The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD)’s fourth national conference, “A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration rough 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.

How you can get involved:


  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click here to register.
  • More agenda details will be available soon, but here’s the general plan:
    • Oct 19 (during day) – School visits (multiple locations across NYC)
    • Oct 19 (evening) – Opening reception (Rosenthal Pavilion at New York University)
    • Oct 20 (all day) – Main conference (Teachers College, Columbia University)
    • Oct 20 (end of day) – Closing reception (same location as main conference)

Conference Hotel (we hope you’ll book here!):

MOXY NYC Times Square
485 7th Avenue NY, NY 10018
A new hotel, opening Summer 2017 (within walking distance of Penn Station)

  • Room with 1 Double Bed  – $269 a night plus taxes
  • Room with 1 Queen Bed – $279 a night plus taxes
  • Room with 2 Double Beds – $309 a night plus taxes
  • Book your room (note that NCSD’s room block is listed as “New York Appleseed”)

Confirmed Sponsors:

  • ERASE Racism
  • Institute for Social Progress at Wayne County Community College District
  • IntegrateNYC4me
  • Intercultural Development Research Association
  • Magnet Schools of America
  • National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector
  • New York Appleseed
  • Poverty and Race Research Action Council
  • 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
  • Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation
  • National Education Policy Center