By Amira Shimin Spectrum staff Though she attends a top-tier high school whose students are pretty much guaranteed a summer internship, Pop Joslaine Manos fretted that she would have no place to apprentice this year. So many workplaces were still struggling with how to make work work during Covid-19, how would they possibly fit in […]
By Rohini Devi Spectrum staff When leaders of Sewanaka Central High School District, in June 2020, voted to list mainly authors of color in the recommended list of books for students to read, it was the first time they had made such a leap. They were showing that they weren’t going to ignore the Black Lives Matter movement and the summer’s unrest.
By Rachel Todd Spectrum staff A music teacher went viral after posting a video of herself describing virtual learning: Hey, so, some of you guys might know, I’m a music teacher. And I’ve found that one of the best ways that I can process the whole transition to online learning is to write a song […]
By Ashley Alexander Spectrum staff When Amy Belfer looks back on what she learned while a student at Lakeland High School in Yorktown N.Y., she thinks about how much got left out. “We learned the basics about slavery, a tiny bit of Reconstruction,” the 2015 Lakeland graduate said. “And that’s all the black history we […]
By Rainier Harris Spectrum staff At Manhattan’s elite Stuyvesant High School, only 10 out of the 766 admitted students in the 2020-21 freshman class were Black. At Staten Island Technical, another of New York City’s eight competitive, specialized high schools, this year, only a single black student — in a freshman class of roughly 1,320 […]
By Aniya Greene Staff Writer A student asked her for a roll of toilet paper. “Sure,” Ra Carroll answered, from where she sat behind the welcome desk at Palladium Hall dormitory. For handing out toilet paper and door keys, pointing summer guests at that NYU dorm toward the best pizzeria and performing other duties, Carroll […]
By Olivia Chen Staff writer The 15 trainees, aged 11 to 14, listened and learned as their three instructors, aged 18 to 19, schooled them on how to debate the pros and cons of a topic. That day’s make-believe topic was vanilla ice cream. What, asked Abigail Neely, 18, if vanilla was the color and […]
By Aishamanne Williams Spectrum staff The dozen or so teachers were stomping their feet, clapping their hands and chanting: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest … ” they shouted and sang, standing in a circle inside a classroom at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Taped to walls of that room […]
By Olivia Medina Spectrum staff Brian Fox so believes in the value of a Catholic school education that he already is scouting the right ones for his 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. “In public school, you’re just another number and a part of their system,” said Fox, 42, a New York City Police Department officer […]
By Julia Kim Spectrum staff Based on the racial, economic and geographic backgrounds of its students and faculty, Niche ranked New York University the 10th most diverse college in America in 2017. It has achieved that status, partly, through efforts such as the NYU Momentum campaign and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Task Force, […]
By Mohammed Diallo Spectrum staff Marcus Bruno, 17, is part of a household of four that struggles financially. “You know my family isn’t in the best position right now and I want to start helping out … and I have a younger sibling in my family that I can take care of,” Bruno said. That’s […]
By Somaya Bracy Spectrum staff Minutes before her last creative writing class, Leelu Ravi, 15, was sipping coffee and raving about what she’d learned during a whirlwind week of instruction at New York University. “You learn a lot,” said Ravi, of suburban Westchester County, north of New York City. “I now feel more ready for […]
By Bri’a Smalls Spectrum staff The main lesson that Niquana Clark learned during her years as a client of a Chelsea-based organization serving, among others, youth who’ve been in foster care and those who’ve been incarcerated, is that she didn’t have to keep her private story a secret. “Up until I came into the Possibility […]
By Melissa Denizard Spectrum staff As he applied last year to New York University, 18-year-old Justin Hernandez doubted he’d get enough money to pay for that $75,000-a-year education. “‘Screw it. I probably won’t get any financial aid, but I’ll try,’” said Hernandez, a Latino whose mother is a cafeteria worker and whose father is a […]
In fall 2015, Barnard will become the latest member of the prestigious “Seven Sisters” colleges to admit and enroll transgender students.
Previously, Barnard had no admissions policy specifically addressing transgender women. However, after a year of deliberation, Barnard enacted a policy June 3, 2015 stating that a transgender applicant can attend if they identify as a woman. Reactions among members of the Barnard community were mixed.
While other fall 2014 freshmen were spending their summers getting away from school, Kiara Ventura and Oscar Balbuena went against that norm and, instead, were studying weekdays at the colleges they will attend. Through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Ventura, an incoming New York University freshman, and Balbuena, who has been admitted to Fordham […]