On May 31, fifth floor students participated in the second annual Social Justice Data Fair at Manhattan Country School. Each student chooses a social justice issue to research and uses mathematics to compose a compelling argument for the need for change. Seventh graders serve as docents, touring younger students around and engaging them at their level.
The event began with a keynote speech by Debo Adegbile, an MCS alumnus and Interim President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He spoke to students about the importance of data in his work as a civil rights lawyer, as well as the important role of the people who collect and interpret such data.
Afterward, parents, teachers and fellow classmates were invited to the fifth floor to speak with students about their data findings. Students created exhibits on various topics, including teen pregnancy, food waste, death penalty, youth homelessness, racial breakdown of women in political roles, and more.
View a photo slideshow from the Social Justice Data Fair.