The New York City progressive dialogue was co-hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, the City University of New York (CUNY), the New York Academy of Sciences, and the State University of New York (SUNY). Over 70 stakeholders gathered in the Great Hall at the City College of New York (CCNY), representing diverse communities across New York City. The dialogue was launched with introductory remarks by Dr. Robert Paaswell, President, CCNY; Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, CUNY; Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, SUNY; and Mr. Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor, New York City. It was followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Ms. Ellen Futter, President, American Museum of Natural History,, which included Mr. Richard Iannuzzi, President, New York State United Teachers; Dr. Joel Klein, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education; Ms. Linda Sanford, Senior Vice President, IBM; and Dr. David Steiner, Commissioner, New York State Education Department. Reactions were provided by Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Zimpher, and Mr. Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, the New York Academy of Sciences. Participants developed recommendations in small groups and shared their top ideas in plenary session. They also provided an individual assessment of each group’s recommendations and four summary statements.
Ethnographic observation of the small group and plenary sessions was led by the PAST Foundation with support of local undergraduate and graduate students. The PAST ethnographic bullet point report is incorporated in the regional dialogue report available soon.