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A Leader In Education For Over 150 Years

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) has been a leader in advancing creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and low-income students in the South. Our work is achieved through analyzing and amplifying promising ideas through research, government affairs, and developing and growing the capacity of leaders and influencers in the field of education.

2020 Southern Education Leadership Initiative

Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) is a paid summer fellowship program for undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students. SELI provides emerging leaders with hands-on experience supporting nonprofits, state agencies, higher education institutions, and school districts as they address the South’s most pressing education equity issues.
Applications close on March 1, 2020.

Our Impact

Since 2017, more than 200 school districts and education equity organizations have been supported by our efforts.

Our Impact

We have contributed 50+ publications
to the conversation on education equity
in the last decade.

Our Impact

We have cultivated over 280 leaders poised to address equity challenges in the education system over the last decade.

Our Impact

Our Southern Policy & Practice Network comprises 35 members representing 6 southern states working collectively to advocate for equity.

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