Sustaining Anti-Racist Education Against Backlash

As of June 18, 22 states have introduced legislation seeking to ban educators from discussing Critical Race Theory and teaching about historical and ongoing racial injustice in the US. In this webinar we disucss what is happening, help place this moment in historical context and provide participants with concrete ideas for action.

Past Event


July 14, 2021


2-3p ET / 11a-noon PT



Join GTY, the Zinn Education Project and NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools for an interactive discussion that will explain what is happening, help place this moment in historical context and provide participants with concrete ideas for action.

  • What are the implications for culturally responsive teaching and learning, whole child equity, and opportunities for young people to access environments that promote their social, emotional and academic development?
  • How are organizers, educators and funders coming together to sustain anti-racist education against this well-organized backlash?

Webinar Recording


Richard Gray

Deputy Executive Director, NYU Metro Center

Richard is the Deputy Executive Director at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University (Metro Center), where he provides support and strategic assistance to Metro Center’s community organizing/engagement and school transformation programs. Richard is also a Lecturer at Law at Columbia Law School, helping students apply their legal training to advance authentic collaboration between educational institutions and communities.

Read Richard’s full bio here.

Jesse Hagopian

Zinn Education Project


Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School—the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. Since the fall of 2020, Jesse has been on leave from the classroom to work as a lead organizer with the Zinn Education Project.

Jesse is an editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools, co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter at School, and editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.

Read Jesse’s full bio here.

Mary González

Associate Director, Partnership for the Future of Learning
Texas State Representative for House District 75

Mary González joined the Partnership for the Future of Learning, housed at the National Public Education Support Fund, in July 2020 as Associate Director. Her Doctoral degree is in Curriculum and Instruction- Cultural Studies in Education at UT-Austin. Previously, she has worked at the National Hispanic Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and as the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University. Mary currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for allgo, Texas’ statewide Queer People of Color organization.

Read Mary’s full bio here.


Sanjiv Rao

Director, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation

Sanjiv Rao is director of the foundation’s Civic Engagement and Government program, which seeks to strengthen representation, participation, and leadership in US democracy so that communities have the capacities to shape their futures, animated by principles of dignity, inclusion, and fairness.

Sanjiv joined the foundation in 2012 as a program officer, working on what was then the foundation’s education portfolio. Over time, his grant making evolved to focus on youth organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development. In his current role, Sanjiv builds on his past work within and outside the foundation by emphasizing ideas that are particularly relevant to Civic Engagement and Government: stitching together civil society organizations more effectively with public systems, supporting community-led solutions to systems change, and advancing agendas that center people and their lived experience in shaping inclusive civic spaces and responsive public institutions.

Read Sanjiv’s full bio here.