Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Institute

What if the outcomes in higher education were no longer predictable by race or socio-economic status?

Over two days in November, 80 administrators and more than 50 students from over a dozen colleges and universities will come together in St. Louis to delve into data, examine strategies and plan for greater equity in higher education.

Facilitating the two-day Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Institute are Charles H.F. Davis, assistant professor at the University of Southern California‚Äôs Rossier School of Education and Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research at the USC Race and Equity Center, and Isaiah Simmons and Sy Stokes, research associates in the USC Race and Equity Center and PhD candidates in Urban Education Policy at USC’s Rossier School of Education.

The Institute will start with a town hall forum on the USC Race and Equity Center’s report Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50-State Report Card. Colleagues from three Talent Hubs, communities identified by Lumina and Kresge Foundations for collaborative efforts to accelerate degree completion for low-income students and students of color, will share their lessons learned at Goshen College in Elkhart County, IN, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State University in the St. Louis Talent Hub. With support from the facilitators, teams will review their data, identify opportunities to strengthen their equity plans, and commit to ongoing transparency and action to increase higher education enrollment and completion for low-income students and students of color.

A Student Organizing Institute, organized with the Active Advocacy Coalition, will engage students in understanding the critical role they play in shaping colleges and universities that meet their needs.

The Institute is made possible with support from Deaconess Foundation, Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation and is hosted by the Deaconess Center for Child Well-being.

Materials from the Advancing Racial Equity Institute:
Harper, Patton, & Wooden (2009) – CRT Analysis of Policy Efforts