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NYU Metro Center’s 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference: Past, Present, and Future Announces its Initial Conference Workshop Agendas


What are the aims of the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference?

NYU Metro Center’s 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference: Past, Present, and Future aims 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, and will 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.    

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.

What are the workshops being offered at the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference?

The 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference Committee is excited to announce its initial Conference Workshops, scheduled for June 2nd, 2023 in New York City.

These interactive, informative, and equity-focused workshops are among the highlights of the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference. The findings, insights, and recommendations coming out of these sessions shall be remarkable.

The 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference includes the following workshops:

  • Healing Spaces to Sustain Equity

Panelists include: Dr. Wenimo Okoya, Director, Center for Strategic Solutions at NYU Metro Center

During this panel, moderated by Dr. Wenimo Okoya, she will present on the intersection of healing-centered engagement and CRS-E. Panelists will have a conversation about how to redesign a school system that allows educators to sustain a career as equity-centered educators. The audience will have the opportunity to experience anti-racist well-being practices and create a collective vision for incorporating into their work at their schools. 

  • Getting to Equity by Centering Youth Voice

Panelists include: TBA

As student leadership is a critical part of our work, students in this session will be discussing a variety of topics in regards to their experiences both as key stakeholders and leaders in the journey to an equitable education. Students will discuss the relationship between CR-SE and youth work and its importance in building critical consciousness. Participants will gain insight on the student perspective, authentic adult allyship, and the relationship between CR-SE and youth leadership.

  • Experience Learning: An Intergenerational Community of Practice on Learning Outside of The Classroom

Panelists include: Patricia A Ryan-Canedo, Director, College Prep Academy/1199 Workforce at NYU Metro Center, Yolanda Fordham, Director at NYU Metro Center, Liberty Partnership Program, Noor Jones-Bey, Director, EXCEL Academy at NYU Metro Center

The Youth Development Career and College Readiness Unit at NYU Metro Center offers this interactive community of practice to engage in a series of intergenerational activities and reflections centering the importance of experiential learning as a means to address issues of equity and social justice. Participants will explore multidisciplinary and multimodal pedagogical tools to engage skill building, civic participation and future planning that are grounded and informed in youth voice, research and art practice over many years. Through the use of humanizing pedagogical tools for educational inquiry and practice, participants will engage in rich discussion to critically examine the persisting tensions between in school and out of school learning as a means to find deeper partnership between traditional and non traditional spaces of academic learning. Other issues discussed will include how students, teachers and youth development programs navigate various and often conflicting expectations throughout the school year. 

  • Advancing Equitable Practices for Multilingual Learners

Panelists include: Ron Woo, Gloria Ortiz, Nicole Rosefort, Pamela D' Andrea Martinez

This session informs a strong anti-oppressive advocacy stance for multilingual learners. Equitable education for young people classified as English Language Learners requires a multifaceted vision for change. The session will focus on the school policies and practices that support an environment of belonging for ELLs and be conducive to equitable opportunities. The panelists are members of the NYS Statewide Language RBERN (Regional Bilingual Education Regional Network) where they address issues of equity for multilingual learners at many levels. Each panelist will present on the challenges and the justice-focused next steps to creating humanizing educational environments for multilingual learners in the following areas: policy, leadership, school transformation, instruction, and family engagement.

What is the Agenda for the 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference?

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

  • 8:45 am - 9:30 am: Continental Breakfast 


  • 9:00 am - 9:20 am: Message from Executive Director of NYU Metro Center: Dr. Fabienne Doucet


  • 9:20 am - 9:30 am: Introduction to Dr. Pedro Noguera by Dr. Laruth Gray


  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pedro Noguera


  • 10:32 am - 10:45 am: Book Signing with Dr. Pedro Noguera 


  • 10:50 am - 12:00 pm: AM Breakout Session 


  • 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm: Networking Lunch


  • 1:15 pm - 2:25 pm: PM Breakout Session 


  • 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm: Coffee Networking


  • 2:55 pm - 3:50 pm: Getting to Equity by Centering Youth Voice


  • 3:50 pm - 4:00 pm: Closing


The conference will be held at the Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012


Travel Information for Prioritizing Equity Conference

Local Airports

NYU is located in Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. If you are traveling by air you may come to NYC through JFK, LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).


Local Hotels

Washington Square Hotel

103 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011



The Standard East Village

25 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003



Club Quarters World Trade Center

140 Washington St

 New York, NY 10006



Hampton Inn Manhattan/Financial District

32 Pearl Street

New York, NY 10004



The Marlton Hotel 

5 W 8th Street, New York, New York 10011

(212) 321-0100


The Walker Hotel Greenwich Village 

52 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

(212) 375-1300


The Hyatt Union Square

134 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

(212) 253-1234


W New York - Union Square 

201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

(212) 253-9119



215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

(212) 735-6000


Hilton Garden Inn-Tribeca 

39 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013

(212) 966-4091


Moxy NYC-East Village

112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

(212) 288-6699


Hotel Indigo Lower East Side 

171 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

(212) 237-1776


Arlo SoHo

231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

(212) 342-7000


The Bowery Hotel 

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

(212) 505-9100



Pre-Registration for the 

2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference is now open

  • For those individuals looking to attend the NYU Metro Center’s Prioritizing Equity Conference on June 2nd, please register here.

If you have any questions about NYU Metro Center’s 2023 Prioritizing Equity Conference: Past, Present, and Future, please contact Demiana Rizkalla via email here.