10 Things that a Brooklyn 6th grader needs more than a field trip to Harvard

  1. Cops that don’t think they’re older and guiltier than they really are.
  2. Teachers that are paid more.
  3. To be able to walk down the street without being held at gunpoint.
  4. Dialogue about what it means to be black in America.
  5. Mentors that acknowledge that the ivy league is an ivory tower where POC students are actively marginalized by professors and fellow students.
  6. Real talk about how a prestigious degree will not protect you from institutionalized racism.
  7. Longer schooldays.
  8. Summer programming.
  9. Cultural field trips (to museums, not racist institutions)
  10. Strategic STEM programming, taught by people of color, that close the opportunity gap.