3 Springtime Reasons to get Sprung @ Border Crossers Gala on May 8th



Last spring RIISE was blown away when Border Crossers recognized us, our community of parents of color & indy schools, for bridging the gaps at the cross roads of race and privilege – Education. An independent school education is a major intersection. And, our children of color are meeting it head-on,  cautiously crossing it everyday, even before they have developed the skills to navigate it.

At every corner parents & educators should be their crossing guards. We are responsible for helping them and other students, find the tools and the words to effectively navigate the streets that are paved with racial & social disparities, as they gain a distinguished education.

When Border Crossers recognized our safe space, they supported us with the highly commented blog The Five Myths of Talking Race With Your Child  .  And, then  they turned around and gave us an award at last year’s Springtime Gala! We were honored to receive the community partner award from an organization like Border Crossers, because of who they are and what they do.

Border Crossers is an education equity nonprofit that trains and equips educators to be leaders of racial justice in their schools and communities. They believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about identity and equity, students will be able interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.

This spring, RIISE is proud to be a Sponsor of Border Crossers’ 2014 Springtime Gala! And, here are three reasons why:

1) The organizers know how to Party with a Purpose! Folks working towards racial & social justice need to let go and have fun as often as possible! We remember the long line to take fun & silly pictures with amazing people who do amazing work. We’ll be looking for the camera again this year…Cheese!

2) As educators and parent leaders in independent schools, we get to have meaningful conversations and create valuable networks that support our commitment and language for racial/social justice in and outside of the classroom.

3) It’s springtime, we deserve to party with a purpose and support an organization meeting us at the cross roads and helping us to get us to the other side.

Edutopia contributor, Jose Vilson’s blog, Rethinking Conversations on Race Among Educators instructs us with with this quote  “Let’s sit down and have a conversation instead of looking for reasons not to. In these times, achievement without social justice is an injustice for all.”

On May 8, be a part of something big and have big fun. It all goes down from 6:30-9:30 pm, at Housing Works, 126 Crosby St, NYC!

The Springtime Gala is Border Crossers’ largest annual event, designed to celebrate a successful year and raise crucial funds for the upcoming year of programs! This year the event will be held at the historic Housing Works Bookstore and feature musical guest Jacob SS and interactive design group, Collective Story. They will be presenting the 2014 Community Partner Award to NYCoRE (New York Collective of Radical Educators). Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, photo booth, raffle and much more!

General admission ticket purchase at bcgala2014.eventbrite.com

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  1. Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Very good. Keep it going.

    • Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Mr. Vilson. As an educator, writer, activist & father, your contributions are truly valued.

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