Border Crossers’ next citywide “Talking about Race in the Classroom” training is on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:30am-4:30 pm. Click HERE to register.

Border Crossers utilizes creative tools to encourage educators in explorations of race and racism with young students. We believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about equity, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of structural racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.

Border Crossers work is based on 12 years of innovative diversity, multiculturalism and education equity programming in New York City schools. We have worked with over 600 teachers and 50 of schools across the city, impacting over 15,000 students.

We serve our community through the following four program areas:

Citywide professional development workshops geared toward teachers, administrators, youth service providers, and parents. Check our events pagefor upcoming workshops near you.

Customized school-wide professional development that guides and supports individual school communities and organizations in building their capacity to address race and equity within their institution.

Presenting at national conferences, universities and seminars.

A Learning Network that engages educators through continued learning opportunities and activism.

Watch two videos about our “Talking About Race in the Classroom” trainings!


Read our Educator Guide on Talking About Race with K-5!

Supporting Partner Schools

Border Crossers offers a variety of services for school administrators, teachers, parents and community organizers. Please email to get more information about bringing Border Crossers to your school.


Aha! Though I know to ask questions to find out where kids' thoughts are coming from, Border Crossers' workshop really SHOWED how it could work. — 2011 "Talking About Race With K-5" Participant

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Border Crossers’ trainings are changing the ways that educators think, speak and teach about race in their schools. We insist that diversity in schools is not enough, but that we must be modeling equity, empathy, honesty and courage in conversations about race with children from a young age.

Read our impact reports from 2011-2013 here.

The Numbers

- In the 2011-12 school year, Border Crossers trained 85 educators through our “Talking About Race With K-5″ citywide workshops.

- This school year, we have already trained 700 teachers from over 30 schools. This means over  17,500 students will have a Border Crossers-trained teacher in their classroom this year.

- We launched a series of customized workshops for individual schools and have brought it to seven schools in New York City.

But, that’s not all…

- We have presented at national conferences: Facing Race 2012, SOS People’s Education Convention, the National Conference on School Diversity.

- We have led classes at Queens College, facilitated forums for EPIC Theatre Ensemble, presented for Teach for America’s recruitment team, and created a training for the Manhattan Young Democrats.

- We’re launching Border Crossers Learning Network, a community-building resource that will provide additional learning opportunities as well as organize teachers around key issues of racial justice in schools.