METCO Directors' Association

High School Youth Conference

33 and Me: Our METCO Legacy

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Valentine

Author, Director & Motivational Speaker

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 Galloway-Jones & Dr. Joanne Allen-Willoughby
Marketing Chair    Latoya Ogunbona

Student Activities Chair  Carols Perez
Professional Development Chair   Heidi Harris
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.