Brooklyn School in Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees

By NATANIA KREMER

Eighty students, faculty, and community members came together recently for “Brooklyn in Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees: Turning Interscholastic Conversations into Collaborative Action.”

Inspired by the collaboration of the heads of four Brooklyn independent schools, this joint faculty/student programming initiative was co-organized by Natania Kremer at Brooklyn Friends, Tené Howard at Packer, Matt Budd at Berkeley Carroll, and Diane Gnagnarelli at Saint Ann’s along with student leaders for all four schools. (Natania and Matt are alums of CWI’s Summer Institute on Place Based Service-Learning)

Brooklyn Friends School student organizers included Angel I (Class of 2018), Maxine S (Class of 2019), Ashley B (Class of 2019), and Salma B (Class of 2020).

The event featured a student-led art and community-building activity, and an incredible panel of activists including Adama Bah, Angy Rivera with the New York State Youth Leadership Council, Zainab Abdullah with the The Arab-American Family Support Center, Kaberi Banerjee Murthy with Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Lindsay Mullett with Lutheran Social Services of New York’s Immigration Legal Program.

Participants heard from all four Heads of School and explored how immigrants and refugees are dealing with urgent contemporary challenges, and how to take accountable action in solidarity with community partners.

check out this video footage of the panel discussion

Natania Kremer is Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Brooklyn Friends School in New York City. She is also Co-Chair of the Department of Equity, Justice, & Civic Engagement. Natania holds a LCSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, a MSEd from Bank Street College of Education, and a BA in Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College.

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