PK-16 Education Equity

PK-16 Education Equity

Education is one of the greatest determinants of one’s quality of life. In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, the U.S. Supreme Court set the stage to end segregation by race in all public schools in the nation, establishing that the Jim Crow era separate-but-equal doctrine was unjust and not equal at all. Yet, today we still see inequities in the racial demographics of our schools as well as in the resources and disciplinary actions that children of color receive in comparison to their white counterparts. 

The Center seeks to change the preK-16 educational landscape by partnering with educational equity experts and Xavier students and faculty to set them up for success and leadership with a focus on equitable outcomes for children of color. Restorative practices training and programming will be developed to advance equity in educational policies and practice, limit bias, improve cultural humility, and increase the number of educators of color in the school system.


The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit conducts original research to impact policy, change practice and inspire purpose in the areas of preK-16 education equity, criminal justice reform and environmental sustainability. The Center’s research and advocacy are tools for transformational social change and uplifting of the human spirit.

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