Partner Spotlight: Education Leaders of Color

 

March Partnership Spotlight

1.  Can you explain the overall mission of Education Leaders of Color?

Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC)’s mission is to elevate the voices of leaders of color in education and to break through the polarizing divides that have consumed efforts to improve public education in order to identify effective solutions and forge the alliances needed to provide low-income children of color expansive and substantive opportunities for the highest levels of academic and economic attainment.


2. What milestones has Education Leaders of Color already been reached or is currently moving towards?

Membership in our network continues to grow – we are now a national network of over 300 values-aligned leaders of color. This fall, we launched our grant making effort, The Boulder Fund. The Boulder Fund is a new multi-million dollar grant program to support the innovations of leaders of color in education. The inaugural cohort of six leaders of color across the country has been awarded a total of $800,000 to support the launch or expansion of creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the field.

 

3.  How does Education Leaders of Color principles tie into the Community School’s principles and philosophy? How do you see your work fitting into ours?

While many of our members work in schools, we recognize the importance of building a cross-sector coalition in order to fully meet the needs of the students and families we serve. We believe deeply in the importance of engaging community members in articulating and executing on the vision for their schools and know that our work does not stop at the schoolhouse doors. We’re working with experts in housing, criminal justice reform, health care and other social services sectors to ensure that we’re leveraging all available resources to better serve our children and families.

 

4.  What are some exciting things coming up for Education Leaders of Color (i.e., events, publications)?

Our National Convening is the one time a year we convene the entire network in person. This year, we’re gathering in Chicago on May 1-3. The Convening theme is, "The Courage to Lead: Educators & The Fight for Social Justice". We’re excited to have our members together thinking about how we can improve academic, life and career outcomes for our country’s most vulnerable children.

 

5. How does Education Leaders of Color center equity in their agenda?
Equity is at the center of our values and the policies and work we prioritize. We know, for instance, that the inequities many of us experience as young people do not end when we become adults and begin our careers. The Boulder Fund was our response to funding inequities that continue to exist in the non-profit sector. That’s just one example of how we are thinking about equity and how to advance equity not just for the children we serve, but also for the adults who are leaders and may not have the social networks or access to capital they need to be successful leaders.

 

6. Finally, what is the most exciting thing about working at the Education Leaders of Color?

The best thing about working at EdLoC is that we are truly a values- and mission-driven organization. We wake up every day excited to be able to support leaders who are changing lives and communities every day.

 

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