The summit on June 1 will assemble leaders, scholars and policy makers from various sectors to discuss ways to improve the systems and opportunities that support vulnerable youth in New York City.

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On Friday, June 1, New York University’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) will host a one-day summit to address how researchers, New York City government agencies and practitioners can work together to improve the systems and opportunities that support vulnerable youth in New York City.

The summit will assemble leaders, scholars and policy makers from multiple sectors including the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Health, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC Department of Probation, New York Community Trust, Advocates for Children of New York, Volunteers of Legal Service, and the Vera Institute of Justice.

There will be a keynote speaker and three panel sessions, each of which will focus on a specific sector: immigration, juvenile justice, and special education and mental health. The event will conclude with a broader conversation on evidence-based solutions and policies, data systems, funding priorities, and opportunities for collaboration. The full agenda is included below.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.  Keynote: Dr. Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  Panel: Immigration
Dr. Sebastian Cherng, Assistant Professor of International Education, NYU
• Sabrina Fong, Policy and Research Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Elizabeta Markuci, Director, Immigration Project, Volunteers of Legal Service
Tim Carroll, IES-PIRT fellow and PhD student in Administration, Technology, and Leadership, NYU

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.  Panel: Special Education and Mental Health
Dr. Michael Lindsey, Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies, NYU
Dr. Natasha Strassfeld, Assistant Professor of Special Education, NYU 
• Scott Bloom, LCSW-R, Director of School Mental Health Services, Office of School Health, NYC Department of Education and NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Kim Sweet, JD, Executive Director, Advocates for Children of New York
Bryant Hopkins, IES-PIRT fellow and PhD student in the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, NYU

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Panel: Juvenile Justice 
Dr. Amanda Geller, Clinical Associate Professor of Sociology, NYU
Ana M. Bermúdez, Commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
Krista Larson, Director, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute
• Felipe Franco, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Family Justice, Administration for Children's Services
Corianna Sichel, PhD student in Applied Psychology, NYU

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Concluding Conversation
Dr. James Kemple, Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, NYU
Shawn Morehead, JD, Program Director, Promising Futures Education & Human Justice, New York Community Trust
Dr. Ravi Shroff, Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics, NYU
Yasmeen Khan, Education Reporter, WNYC

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Reception

All events will take place at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life at 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY. For more information or to register, interested participants should visit:

Media interested in attending should contact Jordan Bennett via email at

This summit is co-sponsored by NYU’s IHDSC, the IES-Funded Pre-Doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program (PIRT), the Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology (PRIISM), and NYU’s Strategies to Reduce Inequality (SRI) initiative.

About the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC)
The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) is the largest interdisciplinary institute on New York University (NYU)’s Washington Square campus. A joint initiative of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; NYU Wagner School of Public Service; NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science; and NYU’s Office of the Provost, IHDSC aims to break new ground through support for rigorous research and training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, and health sciences. Learn more about IHDSC at  

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