Over 30,000 newcomer students have enrolled in NYC public schools since the spring of 2022, and many have previously experienced interruptions in their education. What are the strengths, assets, and needs of New York City’s newest students? How can educators, community organizations, and policymakers collaborate to better support students and families as they transition to our city? This webinar will address who these students are and explore how schools and community organizations can create the conditions for students to be successful. Panelists will also discuss local and federal policies to achieve educational equity for all newcomer students in New York City schools.


  • Moderator: Natasha Quiroga, director of education policy and InsideSchools, The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs
  • Lara Evangelista, executive director, Internationals Network
  • Ivonne Mora, teacher, International Community High School
  • Melissa De Leon, principal, International High School at Lafayette
  • Lisa Auslander, senior project director, Bridges to Academic Success
  • María Rocha-Carrillo, NYC program specialist, ImmSchools
  • Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, New York State Assembly District 39
  • Alejandra Vázquez Baur, fellow, The Century Foundation, and co-founder, National Newcomer Network
  • Aqdas Shahnoory, Eleanor Roosevelt High School 11th grader, New York City Schools

This event is supported by the Levin Endowment. Find more information here.