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Conversations with Equity Leaders

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the world for LEE members on the front lines of systems, schools and community leadership. To help build community among LEE members during this crisis and beyond, LEE will convene a series of virtual forums featuring LEE members in real-time conversation about the challenges, learnings and plans for collaboration in action through this crisis, and what will be needed to end the injustice of educational inequity beyond COVID-19. 

RSVP now to join us at any of our upcoming virtual forums, or watch our previous event recordings below!


Leading with Equity during Crisis

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 5pm EST

With the onset of COVID-19, the need for equity-minded leaders is ever-apparent. We see how policy, organizing, and elected leadership contribute to fair service and representation for students and families. 

This forum featuring LEE members will:

(1) Highlight & build from the leaders on the front lines of the current crisis;

(2) Surface gaps contributing to & widening inequities during crisis; 

(3) Highlight values in decision-making processes & learnings to share across the  community of LEE members & beyond.

Featured Panelists:

  • Everton Blair, Jr. | Board Member, Gwinnett County School Board of Education (Atlanta, GA)
  • Kelly Garcia | Vice Chairwoman, Chelsea School Committee (Boston, MA)
  • Nick Melvoin | Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Moderator: Jason Llorenz | Vice President, Communications 

Host: Terris Ross | Vice President, Policy & Advocacy 


The Education Policy Landscape During Crisis

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 5pm EST

The pandemic is causing leaders to refocus their policy priorities, especially as inequities become more glaring. With LEE members in all areas of leadership (elected officials, policy officials and practitioners, organizers, members in advocacy organizations, etc.), how are leaders approaching their equity agendas?

This forum featuring LEE members will:

(1) Identify the policy agendas highlighted in the crisis;

(2) Reflect on past practice; and

(3) Imagine a multi-disciplinary approach to each leader’s equity agendas.

Featured Panelists:


What's on the line? Let's talk election & education.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 7pm EST

Up and down the ballot, voters are confronting choices about who represents them when it comes to pandemic response, the digital divide, racial justice, and so much more.

At this virtual forum, we’re bringing together esteemed panelists to explore what’s on the line for kids and communities. Join a community of like-minded equity leaders and learn how to take meaningful action for your schools this election cycle.

Featured Panelists:

  • Marc Morial | President & CEO, National Urban League
  • Mildred Otero | Senior Vice President of National Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Robert Raben | Founder & President, The Raben Group
  • Marco A. Davis | President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

All are welcome to watch! We invite you to get your colleagues, friends, and family involved to join the conversation and movement for educational equity.


A Leadership Salon with Dr. John B. King Jr.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 7pm EST

Join Leadership for Educational Equity for a special post-election salon-style conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. John B. King Jr. This special evening event for LEE members, partners, friends and the advocacy community is for everyone interested in thinking in community about:

  • Post-election, where do we go as a national community of leaders?
  • What should be on the agenda for equity, communities and schools in the new political environment?
  • What can we do together to advance equity?

Who is this conversation for?

  • Anyone looking to be inspired about what is possible for kids and communities. Come with big questions about what to do, now.
  • LEE members, making impact from classroom to the legislature.
  • Advocates and community-minded influencers looking to come together to make big change in the months and years ahead.