Iris Jean Sulcer Banister
Born 1947, in Oklahoma; moved to Rochester in 1969.
M.S. Education Administration, SUNY Brockport, 1979, M.S. Urban Education, SUNY Geneseo, 1970; B.S. Education, Cum Laude, Jarvis Christian College, Texas, 1969; Multicultural Trainer Certification, University of Rochester; New York State Certification, Elementary School N-6 and Reading; New York State School Administration Certification, Secondary Dean, Principal & Superintendent; New York State School Guidance and Counseling Certification; Doctoral in education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.
Career: Rochester City School District Administration Offices, Secondary Specialist, Office of Student Equity and Placement, Counselor 1987-1989; In House Suspension Teacher/Manager 1986-86; Remedial Reading Teacher, 1982-85; Secondary Teacher Trainer, 1978-1980; Reading Science Teacher, 1976-78; Transition Facilitator, Secondary School Restructuring 1987-1989; Founder and Senior Consultant of Darcus Inc., a consulting firm that provides training, facilitation, presentation on a variety of topics in the areas of Cultural Diversity, Parent Empowerment, and Early Childhood.
Former member of the Board of Directors of Jefferson Avenue Day care center, Urban League of Rochester, and MarketView Heights Neighborhood Association; Chairperson, International Exchange Committee; member United Nations Committee; Women in Industry Committee; Youth Motivation Through Careers program; Young Men’s Christian Association; Parent Leadership Coalition; United Negro College Fund Planning Committee; Concerned Citizens Committee of Rochester Black Agenda Conference Chairperson; Rochester Association of Black Social Workers Local President; United Way African American Leadership Development Program Advisory committee; Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Holiday Committee; Citywide School Unity and Resource Committee; Greater Rochester Women Fund, Endowment committee, 7001 youth Employment Inc. (Youth-at-Risk), Advisory Committee; Flower City Club, Debutante Cotillion Program Director; Advisor, Franklin Parent Resource Organization; member of Action for a Better Community Steering committee; Coalition for Downtown; the Window Project; the United Way of Rochester Board of Directors; member of the National Association of Black Social Workers; President of Center for Dispute Settlement, Grapevine Black Women United for Change.
“Why Johnny Really Can’t Read" International Reading Association Magazine Vol. III, Page 4, 1982; “Multiculturism in the Arts,” Art Scene Magazine of Arts for Greater Rochester.