Supporting Partners in Advancing Justice and Equity in Education Ecosystems
Some of our proudest moments as a team came when we or our partners had to choose between leading with our values or downplaying our pursuit of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the face of legal and political pressure.
From the SCOTUS ruling to limit race-conscious admissions, rolling back 50 years of precedent, to state debates over social-emotional learning and the accessibility of diverse picture books in early childhood education settings, the culture wars intensified beyond K-12 education over the last year. In response, we joined philanthropic efforts to resist increasing backlash in early childhood and higher education.
Limiting content denies children opportunities to learn about themselves, and to relate to other people.
Photo Credit: National Black Child Development Institute
We continue to hear from our partners and collaborators that they need philanthropy to double down on equity efforts and remain steadfast in investment in leaders of color, particularly Black, Latinx and Indigenous leaders. As a member of a funders collective focused on equity in higher education, we've worked to encourage funders to consider harnessing our collective power and influence toward equity, signaling to the broader ecosystem that equity in higher education is imperative.
Unwavering commitment to JEDI will be increasingly important, even beyond higher education, as efforts to limit race-conscious decision-making in other sectors, like venture capital, gather steam. Recognizing the toll that these fights take on those who are on the frontlines of advancing equity, we continued to incorporate funding efforts and specialized grants focused on well-being in 2023.