Diversity Dialogue Series

ISB’s Parents Association, Diversity Committee, and Library Committee works to bring in experts to ISB to speak about about issues related to diversity with parents and staff. These Diversity Dialogues are a part of a critical and ongoing conversation within the ISB community about diversity, inclusion, and issues of social justice. To learn more, please contact: diversitycommittee@isbrooklyn.org.

Stay tuned for the upcoming speakers for the 2019-2020 school year!


Past Events

"How to Talk About Race with Your Child"
Dr. Howard Stevenson

ISB and the Parents Association co-hosted Dr. Howard Stevenson, Professor of Urban Education and African American Studies at the Graduate School of Education of University of Pennsylvania. He led our staff in a workshop about racial literacy, then held an evening session in which he spoke to parents about the importance of discussing race with their children.

"How to Raise a Compassionate Child in a Materialistic World"
Luba Falk Feigenberg, EdD

Developmental Psychologist Luba Falk Feigenberg, EdD, who currently serves as the Research Director at Making Caring Common, came to speak to parents about raising caring, ethical kids.


"We Need Diverse Books: The Importance of Equal Representation in Children’s Books"
Jill Eisenberg, Selina Alko, & Sean Qualls

The ISB Library and Diversity Committee hosted a workshop for parents and community members on "We Need Diverse Books". Senior Literary Specialist from Lee & Low Books Jill Eisenberg moderated a panel with Author Selina Alko and Illustrator Sean Qualls. They discussed the importance of reading diverse books to children and gave resources for selecting and finding these books.

Topic: Discussing Race with Your Child
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup is an Associate Professor of Child Development at Texas Woman’s University, where she teaches classes in child development, research methods, and statistics. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her research focuses on parent socialization practices and media influences on children.

Topic: Religious Intolerance & Islamophobia
Engy Abdelkader, JD, LLM

Engy Abdelkader is a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she teaches seminars on civil liberties and national security as well as terrorism and human rights. At Georgetown’s Bridge Initiative, a multi-yearresearch project housed in the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, she researches and writes on the intersection of religion, law and society with a particular focus on Islamophobia.

The author of When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections (Georgetown), her legal scholarship has been published in the Fordham International Law Journal, Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley Law and the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, among other journals.

Her popular writing has been featured in, or her work covered by CNN, TIME, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, CBS News, Slate, The Washington Post, The Catholic Reporter, Newseum Institute and others. From the European Parliament to the U.S. State Department, from law school and college campuses to religious spaces and community forums, Abdelkader has an extensive public speaking record.

The 4th Grade Greek Odyssey Sleep Under: An Epic Night at ISB

Did you know that George O’Connor’s graphic novel series, The Olympians, is the most popular series in the ISB Library? This inspired the Library team and the Middle School Booklets Club to host an immersive extravaganza that would transport 4th Graders to Ancient Greece!

Literacy Week 2018

Amid the frenzy of Election Day and Parent Teacher Conferences, the ISB community came together to transform the gym for the 14th Annual Multilingual Book Fair: a forest of enticing French, English and Spanish literature, and to celebrate Literacy Week. The enthusiasm for the events stretched far and wide.