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Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3)

The Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3) works with districts, schools, and communities in the United States and beyond to design and develop innovative and equitable solutions to educational segregation. We support our partners in developing integration plans that center policy and practice in racial justice and community voice. Our work seeks to dismantle concentrations of privilege and vulnerability through innovative approaches to student assignment; support the creation of inclusive and culturally sustaining spaces; deconstruct discipline practices that disproportionately impact students of color; and invest in culturally sustaining hiring practices that ensure equitable representations of faculty and staff. Leveraging the many dynamic resources of the NYU Metro Center and our community and organizational partners, i3 supports stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships, policy development, critical research, and advocacy to ensure sustainable and meaningful integration grounded in frameworks of equity, justice, and social transformation.

You can reach i3 director, Matt Gonzales via email: or phone: (212) 998-5124 with any inquiries.

Our Work

Supporting Real Integration - NYC

Amplifying Youth Voice

  • Welcoming School Climate (WSC) Student Advisory Board: In collaboration with the NYCDOE office of equity and access, i3 is supporting the development of policies and recommendations designed by students to transform the NYC Specialized High Schools.
  • See their 2019 report.

Support the School Integration Advocacy Community

  • i3 director Matt Gonzales has served as the Policy Coach for the youth-led organization IntegrateNYC for the past three years. He will continue to serve in that capacity to support youth leadership around integration.
  • The New York City Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (nycASID) was birthed out of NYU Metro Center three years ago. i3 will continue to provide support for the work of nycASID.

Our Team

Matt Gonzales

Director, Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3)