On Thursday night in the Schapiro, the Men of Color Alliance, Sigma Lambda Beta, The Sons Of Eta, BSO, and Teach For America hosted a panel discussion about the role of men of color in today’s educational system. Bwogger Heather Akumiah was there, eating pizza, snapping at all the wrong times, and occasionally taking notes.
The panel was filled with educators and educational leaders from low-income New York communities. Amongst them, Larnell Vickers, Associate Director of Recruitment for the Uncommon Schools Charter Network; Edgar Reyes, Assistant Principal of Harbor Heights Middle School; Abbas Manjee, Mathematics Teacher at ROADS Bronx High School; and Curtis Palmore, principal of Exceed Charter School.
The event started with participants being grouped into workshop stations around the room. It didn’t seem that a room of black and Latin@ Columbia students needed to be convinced that students of color all over the country are facing educational struggles. Instead, we skipped the statistics and discussed articles that detailed the avenues of oppression that are currently holding back students of color in the United States.