The Equity Collaborative specializes in working with schools, school districts, and youth development non-profits. Our goal is to help organizations develop their own capacity to create educational equity and social justice by addressing bias and oppression.
Tackling bias and oppression requires solutions beyond the technical approaches of implementing policies and “best” practices. This work requires what Ronald Heifetz calls adaptive leadership – creating an environment that is capable of holding staff members in a place where they are uncomfortable enough to change, but not so uncomfortable as to disengage or revolt. Leaders must have a clear vision and an ability to engage others in collaborative work driven by a moral imperative to change adult behaviors in order to provide better support to the most vulnerable students or clients.
The core tenets of our work are oppression analysis, learning theory, and coaching for change. Creating equity requires an understanding of the creation of systemic oppression as well as the way well-intentioned individuals perpetuate inequities through cultural schema and implicit bias. In order to interrupt biases and inequities, you must understand how human brains learn and grow over time. In this work, the brains of both children and adults must be understood and supported. To provide that support, we believe in using a coaching approach as our primary intervention for provoking change and sustaining new practices over time.
The Equity Collaborative has significant professional experience in leadership for educational equity and social justice. Our methodology allows leaders to bring multiple perspectives together towards a shared language and vision. Our belief is that culture drives performance, and that taking on the difficult challenge of addressing inequality requires a significant cultural transformation for any organization that is not yet openly discussing the intersections of systemic oppression and community political realities.