During this moment of nation-wide opposition to police killings of Black men and women, we should consider ending two longstanding NYC public school security policies–the NYPD’s control of the city’s School Security Agents, and the imposition of metal detectors in selected city schools.
The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders would like to express our strong support of those who are demonstrating and demanding the end of systemic racism and violence against the Black community in our country. This current moment presents an opportunity to the faculty and staff in the NYU CSD community to listen, learn, and critically re-examine and change our policies and structures.
We fully support the protests against the systematic racism that led to the senseless murder of George Floyd and so many others. We are committed as a department to doing the hard work of listening and learning, and turning these conversations into “bold action steps that last beyond the lifespan of a statement,” as our Dean outlined.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world inside out, or perhaps outside in (as many of us are forced to stay indoors). Our students have had to deal with trauma, stressors and uncertainty in new and unpredictable ways.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the educational landscape of our country. More specifically, in New York State, all P-12 schools have moved to remote learning for an indefinite amount of time.