A quality education should not be a matter of race, and the DC Equity Lab won't stop until that is not only the truth, but the reality.
African American youth represent 18% of students, but 35% of the students suspended once, 46% of those suspended more than once, and 39% of the students expelled.*
1 in 3 African American boys and 1 in 6 Latino boys will be incarcerated at some point in their lives. This is compared to 1 in 17 White boys.**
*CIVIL RIGHTS DATA COLLECTION (2014)
**SENTENCING PROJECT (2013)
Over 80% of the education workforce in the U.S is White including in city centers where students of color make up the majority of the population enrolled.
In a race against a system where the odds are already stacked against them, people of color are barely represented.
We need to train our representatives and their ideas for endurance.
And that's where we — the movers, shakers, and change-makers — come in. The DC Equity Lab facilitates the generation, launch, and scale of transformative ideas by and for people of color.
Caroline is the Founder and Principal Innovation Engineer at the DC Equity Lab. Her mission is to catalyze, design, and scale equity in schools and all learning spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
All people have transformative ideas, especially people of color. Unfortunately, many of these ideas never move to action. With the right tools, support, and training, these ideas can been refined, tested, and brought to market. They can move from ideation to action.
Isolation never inspires new ideas. We can transform the experience of students by building coalition and working together across racial and socio-economic difference.
We can design for it, scale it, and recreate society.
The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptiste / Chapters 1-5
The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptiste / Chapters 6-10
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