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Diversity & Equity

Viri Carrizales & Vanessa Luna

“We had an idea, the passion, and determination to support our immigrant community, and LEE helped provide guidance and samples to express and actualize our vision. The courses and support of LEE staff were helpful in providing necessary resources in the early stages of our venture."

If you are ready to bring your full self to the table and explore the intersections of your identity to better understand how your experiences and values have paved the way for you to be a public leader in your community, apply to the LGBTQIA+ Diversity in Public Leadership Summit.

“In a perfect world, no one will have to look out of their communities to find quality education."

As a fellow working with Chiefs for Change, Julianne partners with 23 active school leaders from across the country, nine at the state level and 14 at the district level.

We believe that to achieve educational equity, we must equip all of our leaders and staff with tools and mindsets to advance equity and dismantle systemic oppression.

Arleen Vargas

"The fellowship helped me find a place to channel my frustrations and passions into action."

Andrew Murphy

"My vision for ending educational inequity, then, is to assist people of color and all underrepresented groups in claiming positions of power, for themselves and their communities."

Lange Luntao

An APIA elected official asked the room full of participants if they had ever envisioned an Asian-American president before, and no one raised their hands despite everyone in the room being APIA themselves.

Dr. Edward Valandra

Given our colonized status, asserting our educational sovereignty is the antidote for ending educational inequity.

Every day, students who identify as Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) face the injustice of educational inequity in classrooms across the nation. APIA voices are too often silenced or disregarded because of the "model minority" myth and the idea that educational equity is a "black-and-white" issue.

Jen Baca

"LPLF pushed me to reflect on the role I am playing, and the role I am not playing in ending oppression in my professional and personal life."

"I gained a greater feeling of confidence in my ability to do the important work of crafting public policy.”

“Until providing the most quality educational experience for all students — regardless of race or class — becomes the priority, we have an immense amount of work to do.” - Samantha Kobbah

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

"...It was then that I discovered what role I wanted to play on behalf of the communities I represent." - Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

"...when LEE came around, they not only helped us chart the path, but they also gave us the rocket fuel we needed to break through the atmosphere.”

Elisa Hoffman

LEE member and Cincinnati School Board member Elisa Hoffman made the most of 2016.

 Nicole Baker-Fulgham

Combining her Christian faith and experiences as a teacher and education advocate, Nicole working to close the academic achievement gap by building networks of local congregations.

Sara Bokhari

In the education world of today, leadership from people who acknowledge their own intersecting so

The Leaders’ Table Podcast is a series of discussions with leaders in policy & advocacy who a

Jada Drew

4 tools, tips and practices you’ll learn from listening to this week’s podcast with Jada Drew

Ryan Smith visits The Leaders' Table

Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust-West, joins LEE for the launch of The Leaders' Table podcast. Ryan riffs with Jason Llorenz on advocacy in a very big state, shares advice for future executive directors, and talks about what it takes to make policy with communities, not for them.

Aura Cely

LEE member Aura Cely (TFA San Antonio ’14) is a connector — of people, of resources, of ideas. She believes in the power of organizing to bridge gaps and bring neighbors together, and in making distinct resources to work in tandem and make an even greater impact.

Mary Roaf

One of the biggest questions I have asked myself since walking into my 7th grade social studies c

Indira Dammu, second from right, talks with her APIA PLP peers.

A reflection on the LEE 2014 Asian and Pacific Islander Political Leadership Program