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NYU Metro Center Commemorates Its 45 Year History with Prioritizing Equity Conference and Opening Reception


The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools celebrates forty-five years of prioritizing equity in our schools. Born out of the dream of achieving equity in public education, NYU Metro Center was founded in 1978 by NYU Professor LaMar P. Miller. Dr. Miller's intention was to examine and find solutions for the problems facing the country’s public schools, especially as they affect low-income and minority children.

Throughout its history, NYU Metro Center has been dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and social justice for all of our children. At times this critical work calls upon the Metro Center to be a partner and resource for schools and school districts throughout the United States, while at other moments the Center is called upon to lead development programs with parents and community members to improve school culture and climate. The Metro Center’s inclusive and comprehensive engagement of education stakeholders has helped facilitate its growth and heightened impact over the last 45 years. Practitioners, school administrators, youth, and parents alike are all able to thrive when equity is the goal. Equity, of course, already being a major throughline at the Center, takes on an added significance this year.   

NYU Metro Center’s year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary continues with public facing events occurring over the next several weeks, inclusive of an upcoming reception and culminating with the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference: Past, Present, and Future.

NYU Metro Center 45th Anniversary logo. Purple colored circle featuring light blue text, that reads NYU Metro Center 45".

Happening this Thursday, June 1st, NYU Metro Center cordially invites you to join with a host of other education stakeholders as we enjoy the Center’s sapphire (45th year) anniversary, at the Prioritizing Equity Conference Opening Reception: Celebrating Metro 45. Do not miss the opportunity to meet, connect, and network with school leaders, equity advocates, and scholars from around the country. Commemorate forty-five years of NYU Metro Center’s diligence and commitment to supporting equity-focused, evidence-based, innovations in educational research and programming. This event also serves as the official open for the Prioritizing Equity Conference starting the following day. 

This Friday, June 2nd, NYU Metro Center’s 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference: Past, Present, and Future will aim to broaden knowledge and intentionally break fresh ground in the development of an inclusive educational system that invites all of our children to achieve their best possible academic, socioemotional, and cultural development. The 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference will push the boundaries of what educational equity means, and for whom, as well as share research, practices, strategies, and tools with attendees that can be shared with colleagues on how different education equity leaders can play a role in improving beliefs, policies, and practices in schools, districts, regions, and greater school-wide communities.  

NYU Metro Center is proud to announce Dr. Pedro Noguera as the Keynote Speaker for the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference.

NYU Metro Center recently announced that lifelong equity champion, former Metro Center Executive Director & NYU Professor, and now Dean of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, Dr. Pedro A. Noguera will serve as the conference’s Keynote Speaker. To that end, the theme of NYU Metro Center’s 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference is decolonizing education, wellness and sustainability in leading equity efforts, in addition to equity-based practices that districts and schools have developed and sustained.

Engage with NYU Metro Center at the Prioritizing Equity Conference to learn from students, educators, and community members alike, as you make the most of this opportunity to recharge, reset, and augment your equity plan in this contemporary moment. If you have not done so already, you can still register for the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference here.

For over 4 decades NYU Metro Center has tirelessly partnered with and on behalf of youth, families, and communities that have historically been relegated to the margins. The Center’s programs, research, and advocacy initiatives inform the public policy, district regulations, curriculum and intervention communities in support of the most vulnerable populations. NYU Metro Center’s resolute commitment to equity and historically marginalized communities has forged it into one of the nation’s leading school transformation organizations. After 45 years of prioritizing equity in schools, the Metropolitan Center for Equity and the Transformation of Schools reaffirms its commitment, and continues forward in its efforts under the visionary leadership of Executive Director, Dr. Fabienne Doucet. Join us in celebration of this 45-year milestone, and remain with us as an ally, in our enterprise to pursue educational equity for all our children.