NEW YORK, NY, July 22, 2020 – Broome Street Academy has appointed Dafina Westbrooks as its first Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, the Charter High School announced today.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will assume significant leadership responsibilities at Broome Street Academy, and will serve as a collaborator, guide, resource and facilitator for members of the academic community as the school continues to build and sustain an inclusive culture.

“Broome Street Academy’s unique mission and the incredible diversity of our student body mean that our educators and administrators have always focused on creating a culture where people who have experienced systemic racism can thrive,” said Melissa Silberman, Head of School, Broome Street Academy. “We nevertheless understand that we have the opportunity to learn and do more to create equity in our approach and our outcomes. By creating this new senior role in our administration, and by selecting Ms. Westbrook to take on its responsibilities, the leadership of BSA is very intentionally committing to meeting this moment by taking action to further support students from underrepresented backgrounds.”

“As I step into this role, I’m excited about the opportunities BSA has to build on our successes and learn from our missteps when it comes to our culture of inclusion,” said Dafina Westbrooks, Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Broome Street Academy. “Like every institution, there are gaps between our stated ideals and the policies and procedures we have in place, and I’m really looking forward to working with all members of our school community – including with students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers – to ensure that BSA is at the forefront of the movement for Equity among charter schools in New York City.”

“Racial equity and inclusion have long been top priorities for all stakeholders in our community, including our student body, faculty and staff, and our board,” said Eric Weingartner, CEO, The Door and Broome Street Academy. “Establishing this new role within BSA’s leadership team is just one of the ways we’re taking institutional action; earlier this month The Door’s Committee on Race, Equity and Inclusion issued its initial recommendations, which have now been taken up by management. I congratulate and thank Ms. Westbrooks as she takes on this important work for our school.”

About Broome Street Academy

Broome Street Academy (or BSA) is a tuition-free public charter high school devoted to providing students with the necessary skills and support to graduate prepared for a successful future beyond high school. At BSA, we hold our students to five “PRIDE” pillars to support them as they become well-rounded citizens who add value to their communities: Professionalism, Resilience, Investment, Dignity, Empathy.

Students who graduate from Broome Street Academy possess the 21st-century knowledge, collaborative and technological skills and personal qualities that enable them to contribute to their community and pursue their educational and professional goals. Our admissions policy gives preference to siblings and students who are homeless, in foster care, or from low performing schools.

Broome Street Academy is uniquely able to provide non-academic services through our close partnership with The Door, New York City’s premiere youth development organization, providing an exceptional model that seamlessly integrates rigorous academics and youth development services all under one roof. Our team of excellent educators support the academic and social achievements of each student.’

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