Dear Community,

It is with deep gratitude and love that I am writing to announce my departure from my position as Co-Executive Director of Center for Racial Justice in Education. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the organization for the past five years, and I feel incredibly lucky to have crossed paths with you all.

Since I began my journey as Co-Executive Director, I have been deeply humbled by what we, as a community, have achieved to advance racial justice for our children. We have launched a powerful new name that better reflects the great scope and impact of our work towards racial justice. We have trained over 25,000 educators, created a brilliant community of over 50 trainers, crafted a bold new strategic plan, and revised and recommitted to our values. In this past year, we launched our new year-long Racial Justice in Schools initiative, engaging New York City public schools in year-long partnerships to advance racial justice. We have a powerful and dedicated group of trainers and staff that have continuously pushed forward our values and mission with passion, courage, vulnerability and love. I am fortunate to be part of this community.

Although I will be stepping down in mid-May to accept a new and different kind of position at the intersection of racial justice and education, I have no doubt that I am leaving the organization in more than capable hands. Laura Shmishkiss, my Co-Executive Director, who has been my amazing partner for the last five years, will continue to shepherd the organization through a phase of transition as Interim Executive Director. Our brilliant staff and trainer team will continue to deliver the high-quality work, training and services that brings racial justice closer to the doors of several schools across the country. Our community is in the process of determining what this next phase of transition and leadership will look like and we will share more information with you as that process unfolds.

I believe that Center for Racial Justice in Education is at an exciting moment in our history as we continue to deliver the kind of training, support and partnerships that educators and schools are seeking to dismantle white supremacy. I am deeply grateful for the myriad ways in which you—our vast and vibrant community of educators, partners and supporters—have contributed to my and CRJE’s growth and evolution, and I know that you will continue to play a vital role moving forward. We couldn’t have come this far without you and your support.

It has been quite an honor to be part of such a dynamic, committed and hopeful community dedicated to transforming communities for racial justice. Thank you. I look forward to witnessing the next chapter of the organization as it continues to build a world of racial equity, justice and liberation for all of our children.

With gratitude and solidarity,

Benny

P.S. It’s a few months away, but I hope you’ll save the date for CRJE’s Launch Celebration on October 16th at BRIC. I’ll be there, and it would be wonderful to have you there, too.