Outreach

Through its founder and director, Elise Boddie, TIP regularly engages with communities to advance ideas about racial justice.

  • Presentation on school segregation during the NJ NAACP’s Juneteenth Celebration (broadcast from church in Highland Park, NJ), June 19, 2020
  • Elise Boddie co-moderated (with Junius Williams) an intergenerational panel, “From Protest to Power: The Making of Newark’s First Black Mayor, Ken Gibson” (featuring opening remarks by Reverend Jesse Jacskon and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; with panelists Vickie Donaldson, Fred Means, and Miguel Rodriguez, Beatrice Adams, A’Dorian Murray-Thomas, and Zellie Thomas), June 16, 2020. To see the video and the accompanying materials, click here.
  • LaRue List Café, “In These Times: No Justice, No Peace” (via zoom discussing school segregation) May 27, 2020
  • “Struggling for the Soul of Public Education” (University of California at Berkeley, the Othering & Belonging Institute), March 6, 2020
  • TIP partnered with teachers from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey and a Newark-based community organizer to bring together 300 high school students and their teachers in a daylong, interactive symposium at Rutgers University-Newark about school segregation. This collaboration resulted in a diverse mix of students from twenty schools, six school districts across four counties discussing the causes of segregation and debating how to fix it. (February 13, 2020)
  • Moderator, Film Screening and Discussion (sponsored by the Fair Housing Justice Center), “Testing the Divide,” Hunter College, NY, NY, Jan. 15, 2020
  • “Historical & Legal Context for Integration in NJ,” South Orange Maplewood School District, Intentional Integration Initiative (before an audience of 1,000 people), Jan 8, 2020
  • See “Historical & Legal Context for Integration in New Jersey.”
  • Co-commentator, “On The Basis of Sex” before an audience of 1,000 public school students from Newark and surrounding school districts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (sponsored by the Arts Education program), November 4, 2019
  • Panelist, The 1619 Project: The Role of Slavery in America—and New Jersey (with New York Times columnist, Nikole Hannah Jones; Ryan Haygood, President & CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Marcia Brown, Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Governmental Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark; Reverend Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Pastor & Founder, Salvation & Social Justice; Marley Dias, Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign, New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Shane Harris, Executive Director, Prudential Foundation; and Richard Roper (policy consultant)), November 2, 2019

  • On August 9 & August 15, 2019, TIP partnered with Salvation & Social Justice and the Latino Action Network to launch “Community Think Tanks” about school segregation in New Jersey. These think tanks, which were held, at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark and Bethel AME in Paterson, NJ convened students, parents, and educators to explore the causes of segregation and various ideas for how to address it.
  • Guest Presenter discussing school segregation and the case challenging it, New Jersey Network of Superintendents, June 14, 2019
  • TIP worked with Dr. Charles Payne and his team at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies to facilitate a “Community Conversations Workshop Series Parts I & II.” On May 4, 2019 and June 8, 2019, TIP and the Cornwall Center convened educators and community members to discuss the following question: “What are the best policies and practices for promoting opportunity in urban schools in a context of racial integration and controlled choice?” The Cornwall team presented research about discipline disparities, advanced coursework, school leadership, and culturally relevant education.
  • Panelist, “Modern Day School Segregation in New Jersey,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, May 16, 2019
  • Panelist, Building One America, Civil Rights Summit, Rutgers University Labor Education Center, May 3, 2019
  • On April 5, 2019, Elise Boddie participated in the Opening Plenary, “Truth and Reconciliation in Education: History, Narratives, and Pedagogy,”  of the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. See article about the event here.
  • On April 1, 2019, Elise Boddie engaged former ACLU president, Nadine Strossen, in a conversation about hate speech. See the discussion here.
  • In February 2019, Boddie partnered with the Rutgers Center on Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice to provide commentary on Dr. Martha Jones’s book, Birthright Citizens, and its connections to the struggle for racial justice in modern times. See Dr. Jones’s lecture here and Boddie’s commentary (at minute 37:13)
  • “Why We Need Racial Integration in Public Schools,” Anti-Poverty Network Conference, November 28, 2018
  • “Why We Need Racial Integration in Public Schools: Experts Examine Five Hot-Button Issues,” The Institute of New Dimensions, Central Unitarian Church, Paramus, NJ (with Ryan P. Haygood), November 13, 2018
  • Presentation to Newark NAACP regarding Latino Action Network et al. v State of New Jersey, Sept. 13, 2018
  • On May 23, 2018, Elise Boddie moderated a panel with Carlotta Walls Lanier (who was one of nine Black students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas) and Sylvia Mendez, who was the plaintiff in the landmark 1947 California desegregation case, Mendez v. Westminster, which paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education.