In October 2007, Commissioner/Chair Patricia L. Gatling led a discussion on equity
in education and narrowing the racial achievement gap as part of the Commission’s Civil
Rights Public Lecture Series. The event – held at the Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture in Harlem – featured Dr. Roland G. Fryer, Jr., the NYC Department
of Education’s Chief Equality Officer who jointly serves as an Assistant Professor of
Economics at Harvard University. Dr. Fryer’s remarks focused on his application of
economic research techniques to confront issues of race and discrimination and find
ways to motivate underachieving City school children to read, learn, and reach their
Other speakers at the event included: Christopher D. Cerf, Deputy Chancellor of
the NYC Department of Education; Rev. C. Vernon Mason, CEO of the Fund for
Community Leadership Development and CEO of Uth Turn; Dr. Edison O. Jackson,
President of Medgar Evers College and a NYC Human Rights Commissioner; and Dr.
Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program in Inequality and
Social Policy at Harvard University.
Rights Commissioner/Chair Patricia L.
Gatling (below right) leads a discussion at
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture in Harlem on equity in education
and narrowing the racial achievement gap.
Speakers included (left – right): Dr. Edison
O. Jackson, Rev. C. Vernon Mason, Dr.
Bruce Western, Christopher D. Cerf, and
keynote speaker Dr. Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
(Right photo) Schools Deputy Chancellor
Chris Cerf (left) and keynote speaker Roland
G. Fryer, Jr. (right), prior to the event,
Science for Social Change: Understanding
the Racial Achievement Gap