36th Annual

Educators Conference

Dismantling Systemic Racism: Starting in Schools

Friday, December 3, 2021

Dr. Tricia Rose
Keynote Speaker

Join us for our Annual Educators Conference

Through our conference, the MDA continues its commitment to the cultural development, and academic achievement of children of color. We start each conference with the premise that all children can learn, must learn and will learn. The conference features:

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tricia Rose
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

Dr. Rose is an internationally respected scholar of post civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality. She has been awarded for her teaching and has received several scholarly fellowships including ones from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.

She has taught at NYU, and UC Santa Cruz and is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Rose also serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives.

About the MDA



Number of School districts participating in METCO


Number of Students participating every year


The Brown decision promised that every child, regardless of the color of his or her skin, would have unequivocal access to quality education and an equal opportunity to pursue his/her dreams.

~ Ed Markey, U.S. Senator

About the MDA

The METCO Directors’ Association is a non-commercial, non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization. The members of this Association are committed to providing a quality educational and social experience for all students, strengthening our own personal and professional development, and ultimately, creating avenues for positive challenge and growth among all with whom we interact. Each member of the MDA brings a unique combination of cultural sensitivity, expertise, creativity, and professional experience. 

Executive Board

President: Lateefah Franck
Vice President: Akil Mondesir
Treasurer: Lisa Gilbert-Smith
Recording Secretary: Jesenia Castro
Educators Conference Co-Chairs: Claire L. Jones & Dr. Joanne Allen-Willoughby
Marketing Chair: Latoya Ogunbona
Professional Development Chair: LaToya Rivers
Parliamentarian: Aleisa Gittens-Carle
Immediate Past President: Barbara Hamilton

Objectives of the MDA


To challenge the forces which obstruct the achievement, development, and educational opportunities for children of color.


To raise the academic level of all students, placing particular emphasis on the types of strategies, which build positive and realistic self-concepts among students of color.


To plan and conduct seminars in support of professional development in educational leadership and culturally proficient practices.

About METCO, Inc.

The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) Program, is a voluntary desegregation program formed through the cooperative efforts of urban and suburban parents and educators. Since its founding in 1966 during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, the METCO program has enrolled tens of thousands of Boston students of color in predominantly white school districts, creating the opportunity for students in those districts to experience the advantages of learning and working in a racially and ethnically diverse setting.

Over the last half century, METCO has reached tens of thousands of students, supporting 3,100 families annually in over 30 participating suburban school districts and 190 public schools, with graduation rates and college attainment far above state averages.