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School Colors Episode 5: "The Melting Pot"
School Colors Episode 5: "The Melting Pot"

Until recently, School District 28 in Queens, N.Y., was characterized by a white Northside, and a Black Southside. For more than a hundred years, we’ve seen how conflicts around housing, schools and resources have played out mostly along this racial divide.

But today, the district, and Queens at large, has become what is considered to be one of the most diverse places on the planet. So how did District 28 go from being defined by this racial binary, to a place where people brag about how diverse it is?

In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into two immigrant communities that have settled in Queens: How they got here, what they brought with them, and what they make of their new home’s old problems. These communities, Indo-Caribbeans and Bukharian Jews, challenge the way we think about race and ethnicity in this country and give us a better understanding of how immigration complicates the racial map of the district.

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Felecia Phillips Ollie DD (h.c.) is the inspiring leader and founder of The Equality Network LLC (TEN). With a background in coaching, travel, and a career in news, Felecia brings a unique perspective to promoting diversity and inclusion. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in English/Communications, she is passionate about creating a more inclusive future. From graduating from Mississippi Valley State University to leading initiatives like the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Felecia is dedicated to making a positive impact. Join her journey on our blog as she shares insights and leads the charge for equity through The Equality Network.

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