A Symposium on Segregation in New York City


    Saturday, Feb 1st, 2020

    United Nations International School

    10 am - 3:30pm



      "New York City is the third most segregated city for blacks in the US and the second most segregated city for Asian Americans and Latinos.” - Fair Housing Justice Center
      This segregation is not by accident. According to the NYC Health Department, “Since the 1600s—when NYC was established by colonization—racist policies and practices have shaped where New Yorkers live and go to school, what jobs they have and what their neighborhoods look like. Over time, these policies and practices have built on each other to create deep inequity.”


      One of the best examples of discriminatory government policy is redlining. Throughout the 1930s, neighborhoods in over 239 American cities were rated on their "creditworthiness and risk.” Neighborhoods that were considered “optimal” or “good” for investment were outlined in green and blue. Neighborhoods seen to be in decline were coded yellow. Neighborhoods that were home to "foreign-born people,” "low-class whites,” and “negroes” were seen as “hazardous” and outlined in red on a map. Residents were denied home loans and redlined communities were denied investments.


      Over 50 years since the Fair Housing Act banned redlining, the “hazardous” warnings appear to be literally true. Decades of denying resources have led to vast disparities in health, housing, education, and in exposure to pollution, violence, and experiences with the criminal justice system across different zip codes in New York City. Living in certain zip codes expands opportunity while living in others diminishes it.


      "Segregated by Design” is a symposium at UNIS that will challenge us to confront the ongoing legacy of segregation across different zip codes in NYC and lift up the work of those working to end it and remedy its consequences.


      The day will feature:

      •  Keynote Speaker K. Bain, founder of 696 Build Queensbridge, who will speak on his work reducing violence in one of the largest and most segregated housing projects in the country
      • Workshops led by NYC organizations focused on the connections between segregation and health, housing, education, the criminal justice system and climate change
      • An exhibit created by Human Rights Project students
      • A theatre performance by UNIS students and EPIC theatre


      This symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


      K. Bain

      K. Bain is a serial social entrepreneur. He has cofounded and cultivated several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He currently is a Co-founder, and the Executive Director of Community Capacity Development, a 501c3 committed to applying the Human and Healing Justice models to providing tools and strategies for sustainable growth.


      K. Bain is also the founding director and visionary of 696 Build Queensbridge, which over the past 3 years has established itself as one of New York City’s most effective cure violence sites with unprecedented results in violence interruption activities and mediation endeavors.


      Previously, K Bain served as a New York City Director of legislation and budgetary affairs for the 45th Council district in Brooklyn. His role included duties such as participating in the balancing New York City’s 90-billion-dollar annual budget, as well as direct oversight of a multi-million-dollar member item budget. K has also been instrumental in the drafting, development and enactment of numerous pieces of legislation, most recently the Community Safety Act.


      In addition to his years of budget and policy experience, K. Bain’s passion for the arts, human justice and community capacity development remain at the forefront of his priorities. Whether working with the "highest risk” or criminal justice-involved youth or students in universities, K. Bain is committed to serving the many who find themselves faced with the systemic obstacles obstructing the sustainable growth and development of our most underserved communities.



      10:00 am: Welcome and Presentation by the UNIS Human Rights Project Students, Theatre


      10:30 am-11:15 am: Keynote: "Reducing Violence in One of America's Largest and Most Segregated Public Housing Developments" by K. Bain


      11:15 am-11:30 am Coffee Break, Cafeteria


      11:30 am-12:30 pm Workshop Session 1 (Scroll down for detailed descriptions of each workshop)


      12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch and Viewing of the Photo Exhibit created by Human Rights Project Students


      1:30 pm-2:30 pm Workshop Session 2 (Scroll down for detailed descriptions of each workshop)

      2:40 pm-3:30 pm Theatre Performance by UNIS Students and EPIC Theatre, Theatre (2nd Floor)



      Theatre, 2:40 pm

      The theatre production was devised and will be performed by UNIS Theatre students. It is based on interviews conducted by Human Rights Project students with New Yorkers who have experienced segregation and activists working to end segregation. It will also feature a performance by EPIC Theatre.





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