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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


Schools Chancellor to kick off NYC’s first College and Career month with Bronx and Brooklyn middle-schoolers

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: College Access for ALL - MS|Tags: , |

Go To Source City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will join Bronx and Brooklyn middle-schoolers Wednesday for a panel discussion to kick off the city’s first College and Career month. At Wednesday College Awareness Day, students [...]

Chancellor Fariña Kicks-Off Parent Conferences with College Access for All Family Event at Tweed

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: College Access for ALL - MS|Tags: |

Go To Source Español  | 中文 English Language Learner parent conference to focus on high school and college application process and services for English Language Learners  Chancellor kicks-off a series of language specific conferences in [...]

Mayor and Chancellor Kick Off First Day of School With New Equity and Excellence for all Initiatives Reaching Over 800 Schools

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Equity and Excellence|Tags: |

Go To Source Video available at: http://youtu.be/7nRFsH6UyGE New initiatives will raise the bar: 80 percent of students will graduate high school on time, and 2/3 of students will be college-ready Building on Pre-K [...]

After a Late Start, City Recruits More Middle Schoolers for Specialized High School Prep

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: DREAM|Tags: |

Go To Source The city's elite public high schools have a diversity problem. Fewer than 10 percent of those offered seats this year at Stuyvesant and the seven other specialized high schools are black and [...]