Voices for Racial Justice

Education

Building education equity with Parents and youth at the center of solution making.

We have a vision of education that recognizes the power of parents and youth in shaping the future of our education system in transformative ways.  Our approach is rooted in both organizing in collaboration through coalitions and uplifting leadership of parents through our organizing training cohort.   

The Education Equity Parent Fellowship is a BIPOC centered shared learning space that focuses on racial and healing justice honoring culture, history, and traditions of communities of color.  This cohort training model celebrates the voices, power, knowledge and organizing of parents or guardians advocating for their students in school. The Fellowship happens yearly,  following the school calendar. Graduates of our first Education Equity Parent Fellowship started to move equitable policy change during their cohort.

Two key issues that emerged related to student discipline and policing were: 

The Joint Powers Agreement with Ramsey County, St. Paul Police Department and the Saint Paul Public Schools; 

Legislation for the Student Inclusion and Engagement Act (SEIA).

Parent Fellows organized opposition and won on the Joint Powers Agreement  and the SIEA was a missed opportunity that we featured in The Quilt Magazine.

Applications for our 2020-21 cohort will be available in Summer 2020

 

We are Coalition members of: 

The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Teachers

The Equity and Diversity Impact Committee (EDIA Committee)

The Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition (SNS) 

Do you want to be connected to our Education Equity work? Email Julia Freeman at freeman@voicesforracialjustice.org and get involved today.