SEF's Racial Equity Leadership Network Hosts Their Third Convening


Posted: 3/5/2018 2:39 PM
Filed under: Apply, district, Equity, leaders, Racial Equity Leadership Network, RELN

Emily Kelly & Kenita Williams // March 5, 2018

Recently, Fellows participating in SEF’s Racial Equity Leadership Network convened for their third learning session. As part of their 18-month fellowship experience, the Fellows gather five times to intimately dive into both the racial equity challenges and opportunities that exist within their respective school districts, as they work to realize authentic change and more equitable outcomes for the students in their systems.

The focus of their latest session was “Engaging Families and Community in District Equity Initiatives.” Fellows assembled in Washington, D.C. in correlation with activities recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report, sponsored by our program design partner, Learning Policy Institute. To kick off their time together, Fellows had the chance to attend a forum where national policymakers, activists, and scholars examined what has happened over the last half-century in our nation, particularly, our schools, and the critical cross-issue work still needed to mend the deep racial chasms that linger in our society today. One of our RELN Fellows, Dr. Ebony Green, also had the opportunity to participate on a panel with renowned education thought-leaders Gary Orfield, Patricia Gandara and former United States Secretary of Education John King, discussing the state of public education 50 years after the Kerner Commission.

In collaboration with the Communities for Just Schools Fund and the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Fellows then flowed into reflective conversations and coaching sessions focused on establishing meaningful partnerships with the many stakeholders in their context. This was carried out with the goal of shaping the direction of racial equity solutions and creating learning environments that are safe, healthy, and equitable for all students. Guest speakers, which included community organizers and philanthropic leaders, made for an enriching dialogue. An especially important theme was centering student voice in this work and the important outcomes that may be gained from engaging in such action. 

The ultimate aim of each session is for Fellows to leave more confident in their leadership ability, equipped with a sharpened racial-equity lens, heightened in their understanding of equity-driven policies and practices, and inspired to take action to move a racial equity agenda forward in their districts. We look forward to sharing more insights about the Fellows’ personal growth and the gains being made in their school districts and communities.

Are you interested in applying or sharing this opportunity with a district leader that you know? Learn more & connect with Kenita Williams, Director, Leadership Development.



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