We are looking forward to hearing Commissioner Shama’s insights into the unique connections between religious identity, nationality and New York City’s culturally rich neighborhoods.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, in collaboration with Peace Islands Institute and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for the 10th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week, will present "Religious Diversity in the Classroom" with a keynote address by Commissioner Fatima A. Shama, April 18 at 8 a.m..
This event is free and open to school administrators, diversity directors, curriculum staff and education leaders; and will take place at Peace Islands Institute, 535 Fifth Avenue, Sixth Floor. For more information call 212-967-7707 or e-mail education(at)tanenbaum.org. Click here to register.
“We are looking forward to hearing Commissioner Shama’s insights into the unique connections between religious identity, nationality and New York City’s culturally rich neighborhoods,” said Mark Fowler, managing director of programs at Tanenbaum.
This is the launch event for Tanenbaum’s Religions in My Neighborhood, a new curriculum for K-4 teachers. The curriculum makes teaching about religion easier and is the result of a collaborative project of Tanenbaum and is co-authored by Patty Bode, Ed.D.; Maurianne Adams, Ed.D.; and Rita Hardiman, Ed.D.—all of whom are leading experts in multicultural education.
Fatima A. Shama, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, has served as commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs since August 2009. Commissioner Shama had previously served as senior education policy advisor to then Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, who is now the schools chancellor. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration in 2006, Ms. Shama served for four years as executive director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition. Ms. Shama earned a bachelor of arts degree from Binghamton University and a masters of public administration from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs Executive Program.
Immigrant Heritage Week is a citywide celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have shaped New York City for generations. The 10th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week will be held in New York City from April 17th to April 24th 2013.
Peace Islands Institute aspires to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration, both welcoming and accepting varied viewpoints and voices with the intent to develop original and alternative perspectives on vital issues that our society is facing, generate solutions to these issues, support successful practices, thus promoting education, friendship and harmony and acting as an island of peace for all peoples in a society of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is dedicated to promoting the well-being of immigrants in New York City. From extensive initiatives covering all facets of immigrant life to recommending policy, their office is tasked with integrating immigrants into the fabric of New York City.
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a secular, non-sectarian organization that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in areas of education, work places, health care, and armed conflict.