Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) and Dominican College have announced a partnership to help address the teacher diversity gap in the nation’s classrooms. Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, President and CEO of TSTT, and College President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien signed an agreement during a ceremony held on campus on February 27, 2020.
TSTT is one of the nation’s leading teacher diversity mentoring programs and was founded 25 years ago. Dr. Perkins said the new alliance is a hopeful development,“But, it also comes at a critical time in our nation’s history when only 13% of the teachers are teachers of color, yet more than 50% of the students in the classroom reflect the ever-increasing diversity of the general population, posing serious economic and societal threats to our nation’s future.”
Sister Mary Eileen said, “It is a pleasure to welcome these talented young scholars who have been mentored by TSTT to our campus. We are proud to partner with TSTT to encourage more talented students from diverse backgrounds to enter the teaching profession so that our nation’s teaching population can better reflect the backgrounds of today’s students. At Dominican College, we have a highly respected Teacher Education Program and offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.”
Prior to the signing ceremony, 20 promising TSTT students from the East Ramapo Central School District toured the Dominican College campus and participated in a workshop to learn about the Teacher Education Program. Among those in attendance was Kimberly Pinos, a senior at Spring Valley High School, who will be the first TSTT student to major in education at Dominican College in fall 2020.