BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATIONS
Spoken Word and Art Show, featuring student work, author signings, drumming workshop, planetarium shows, face painting and kids activities, food and African arts and crafts vendors, performances and well over 500 attendees make for a wonderful celebration at New Rochelle High School!!!
We like to get together
occasionally, to unwind,
meet and greet one
another and network. We
also try to patronize
restaurants that provide happy hour prices and full menus. Visit our Facebook page to view photos.
Ongoing collective of Westchester area administrators who gather, network, mentor and share best practices.
Saturday at the Burg (and Brunch) with WABSE
Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island and Sag Harbor NY
WABSE went to Cuba
Visit our Facebook Page to see photos and read what people are saying about our trips.
"The Divine Nine", fraternities and sororities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, organizations that target black students to apply for college assistance funds, stipends and scholarships provide application information to prospective student scholars.
In collaboration with community partners and organizations, historically Black Colleges and Universities, diversity initiatives in higher education and the City School District of New Rochelle, student are invited to talk to college representatives,hear about their exciting programs and collect information.
Alvin Ailey Dance Camp
WABSE in collaboration with New Rochelle High School, the New Rochelle Fund For Educational Excellence and volunteers, provided a week long dance camp, during the February break. Students learned from a master choreographer and former Alvin Ailey dancer. Students performed ordances at Annual Black History Month Celebrations, at New Rochelle High School.
WABSE members donate their new and gently used items to a Tag Sale. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.
Pass the Hat
In order to provide scholarships to graduating seniors of African descent, in Westchester, we ask members and friends to "Pass the Hat" We took a page from President Barack Obama's book on a grass roots approach to fundraising. By inviting many to donate as little as $10.00 or more. Our scholarship campaign is year long and we thank you for your support!
Workshops and Panel Discussions
In Curricular Violence Part 1 - Addressing the Misrepresentation and Exclusion of Black history in School Curricula, a panel of educators and educational leaders discussed:
Using the groundbreaking New Jersey Amistad Law as a model, New York passed a similar law in 2004. It established a commission to study what is being taught to New York State students about black history and to make recommendations to New York State Education Department for including Black history in the school curriculum. Continuing to model New Jersey amendments to New York State Amistad legislation (A09399) and (S9443) have been introduced to create a funded Amistad Department within NYSED.
Why Educators Need NYS Legislators to Pass Amended Amistad Law, Amistad Bill (A09399)
In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, school districts across the region, state, and nation, were forced to self-reflect. Post 2020, social unrest and a global pandemic has placed our society at a pivotal point, the education system is the bedrock of true change. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision in the Brown case that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, and our nation went through a Civil Rights Movement that was to lead to equality for the most marginalized. Yet, in 2022 we find ourselves in the fight for equity and the world is watching. This social unrest regarding bias and inequities in policing, housing, and healthcare, truly have roots in the inequities of our school systems. Educators are on the front line at this pivotal time, whether it be about masks, DEI work or historically accurate and relevant school curriculum.
We are now struggling with next steps and ways to sustain change around diversity, equity, and inclusion. We know that giving students cultural capital is a key element in their true success as citizens of this country. Yet, educators fear the push back from those in their community who have chosen to make this a political movement rather than a movement about humanity.
How can we make sustainable change?
Pass Amistad Bills (A09399) and (S9443) amend Amistad legislation now!:
We need our legislators to invest in NYS students and pass the NEW Amistad legislation (A09399) and (S9443)!
In Curricular Violence Part II, our panel of New Jersey educators, share their experience with the support of a funded NJ Amistad law for over 20 years, including successes, barriers and next steps.
The Restorative Circle
October 22, 2017, Fordham University, Westchester Campus, 400 Westchester Ave. West Harrison , NY, 2-4pm.
February 5, 2017, Fordham University, Westchester Campus, 400 Westchester Ave. West Harrison , NY, 2-4pm
Quien Eres Tu? panel discusses the enduring legacy of Slavery, Race and Identity in Latin America and among Latin Americans.