This paper illustrates the need for direct acknowledgement and support of children and faculty of color in inclusive educational settings. Muslin recounts her experiences at many different schools and how each offered a new perspective on diversity. The most profound impacts she has made in her community stem from her work at Bank Street School for Children, where she and her fellow faculty recognized the importance of having separate meetings and focus groups devoted to the concerns of people of color within the institution.

Author Biography

Zenaida Muslin holds a B.A. in education from the University of Puerto Rico, where she was born, and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught and worked on curriculum and textbooks in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Europe. Zeny, as she is affectionately known, has been at Bank Street for thirteen years, as a Spanish teacher and as Diversity Coordinator. This is the first year she has devoted her full time and energy to the important work of the Diversity Coordinator.



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