Multicultural specialist and diversity consultant
Debbie Almontaser is currently the coordinator of external programs for Brooklyn Public Schools. As a multicultural specialist and diversity consultant, Debbie facilitates workshops for teachers and the public on Arab culture, Islam, conflict resolution, cultural diversity around the city and at local and national conferences. She also serves as a consultant to Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Muslim American Series Project, Independent Production Fund’s Islam Project, Educators for Social Responsibility, the Interfaith Center of NYC and the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association’s (CAMBA) diversity project. In addition, she sits on the board of the Dialogue Project and Women in Islam among other organizations. She is also a co-founder of Brooklyn Bridges, The September 11th Curriculum Project, Justice for Detainees and the We Are All Brooklyn Coalition. Debbie has also co-designed and developed a curriculum for the Muslim Communities Project at Columbia University and for Educators for Social Responsibility/Metro. She has a B.A. from St. Francis College and M.S. from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs through their Aspiring Leaders Program. During her year as a Charles H. Revson fellow, Debbie took courses from the International Center for Cooperation & Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College and received a certificate in Conflict Resolution. The Conflict Resolution Certificate program is a rigorous and thorough program of study in the field of conflict resolution exploring local and global conflicts as well as the various mediation models. Debbie plans on incorporating these courses into a doctoral program.