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What We Do

The Office of Equity and Access addresses the access and opportunity gaps which exist among historically underserved students. The office develops and manages support services and programs to support New York City’s students. The work is entrenched in the desire to provide all families with necessary access to the full landscape of a high quality education.

The Office of Equity and Access…

  • Directs supports to focus on ending long-standing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities
  • Promotes equity and excellence in education, through policy, education and advocacy both within and outside of the DOE system.
  • Strategically leads, advocates and connects services, programs, resources and opportunities for students across the city, so that they will achieve academic success.
  • Empowers students and families to access multiple entry points, services, and programs designed to address persistent gaps faced by historically underserved students.
  • Supports schools so that they can provide services, programs, and structures that address the needs of all learners.

Our Initiatives

“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
– Malcolm Forbes

Advanced Placement For All  – The AP for All model supports schools, teachers, and students. AP for All supports schools in opening and expanding AP courses by providing textbooks and lab materials  READ MORE…

The College Access for All: Middle School Initiative – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina announced by 2026, 80% of our students will graduate high school on time, and two-thirds  READ MORE…

DREAM – The Specialized High Schools Institute – DREAM helps middle school students get ready for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).

NYC Great! – NYC Great! A Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. NYC Great! is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women READ MORE…

The NYC Urban Ambassadors – Founded in 2012, The UA program has a targeted focus of increasing the number of traditionally under-served male students that matriculate into select colleges and universities.

“Despite the best efforts of America’s educators to bring greater equity to our schools, too many children- especially low-income and minority children- are still denied the educational opportunities they need to succeed.”

Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretory for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education


Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Announce Highest-Ever Number Of NYC Students Taking And Passing Advanced Placement Exams

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: AP for All|Tags: , |

Go To Source Participation and performance gains largest among Black and Hispanic students AP for All is bringing all NYC high schoolers access to at least five AP classes by fall 2021 NEW YORK––Mayor Bill [...]

Camino a la universidad para todos los niños: Canciller Fariña

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: College Access for ALL - MS|Tags: , , |

Go To Source  Carmen Fariña, Canciller de educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York El proceso universitario puede ser dificultoso para los estudiantes y sus familias. De mi familia, soy el primer miembro que asistió [...]

Chancellor Fariña Announces College Awareness Day

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: College Access for ALL - MS|Tags: , |

Go To Source NYC schools Pre-K through 12 engage students and families around early college awareness Schools will participate in college and career events throughout January, DOE’s College and Career Month NEW YORK – Chancellor [...]

Op-Ed: A Path To College And Careers For All Children

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: College Access for ALL - MS|Tags: , |

By NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Go to Source Navigating the college process can be challenging for students and their families. As the first person in my family to go to college, I know how [...]