SEA Center for Race & Equity
Welcome to the Center for Race & Equity
Phyllis Campano, SEA President
Michael Tamayo, SEA Vice-President
DaZanne Davis Porter, Teacher, Martin Luther King Elementary and Director of EMAC
Shelly Hurley, STAR Mentor and Co-Chair of the Partnership Committee
Reiko Dabney, Parapro, Leschi Elementary
Annie Parker, Teacher, Sandpoint Elementary
Kate Eads, Librarian, Northgate Elementary
Tracy Gill, Teacher, Denny Middle School
John Donaghy, Executive Director
The mission of the Institute for Equity is to empower educators as we take individual and collective responsibility and accountability for leading the fight for equity in the Seattle Education Association, our schools and our profession.
We will do this by:
- Educating our members on issues of equity and equitable teaching
- Supporting educators to take leadership in creating equitable public education
Equity in Teaching Description:
Equity in education is the means to achieve justice in educational practices, policies, curricula, and resources. School cultures and climates represent all students. Equity provides the best opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential, including career readiness, and act to address instances of disadvantages which restrict educational achievement. Equity demands taking action to reverse historical and social disadvantages that prevent learners from accessing and benefiting from education on equal grounds.
Developing Equity Literacy in SEA
Equity Literacy - In our own teaching, as well as in our work with schools and school districts, we embrace a framework for both multicultural curriculum development and bigger efforts to create equitable classrooms and schools. Equity literacy’s central tenet is that any meaningful approach to diversity or multiculturalism relies more on teachers’ understandings of equity and inequity and of justice and injustice than on their understanding of this or that culture (Gorski, 2013). It relies, as well, on teachers’ abilities to cultivate in students a robust understanding about how people are treated by one another and by institutions, in addition to a general appreciation of diversity (Swalwell, 2011). The idea is to place equity, rather than culture, at the center of the diversity conversation.
- Recognize even subtle forms of bias, discrimination, and inequity.
- Respond to bias, discrimination, and inequity in a thoughtful and equitable manner.
- Redress bias, discrimination, and inequity, not only by responding to interpersonal bias, but also by studying the ways in which bigger social change happens.
- Cultivate and sustain bias-free and discrimination-free communities, which requires an understanding that doing so is a basic responsibility for everyone in a civil society.
Organizing a campaign for change
SEA Center for Race and Equity Leadership Summit – February 11, 2017
- Distill member surveys to see what work is already being done and what areas of equity work there is interest in doing
- The results will help guide the framework of the leadership summit
- Identify and connect member leaders who are already doing equity work in buildings to build a campaign
- Build a framework for sustained work on these individual issues for future Center work
- Re-connect member leaders in their areas of equity of work to organize summer planning institute
- Host a regional equity institute for other local education associations
Summer 2017 – Center for Race and Equity Leadership Institute
- Provide specific equity issue leadership teams a several day space to develop action plans to sustain and promote the equity work district wide
- Provide summer stipends for this work