“Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5000 years,
the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.”
-W.E.B. DuBois (1949)
Education often predicts our success as individuals. Our performance in school often sets our life path, influencing where we live, where we work, and how we raise our own children. But our society does not always ensure that all children have equal access to a quality education. Children of color lag behind white students in their progress through school; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth walk the hallways in fear.
Just Communities works with educators, students and parents to create schools in which all students enjoy a sense of connectedness, safety, and the highest quality education.
Just Communities’ Institute for Equity in Education (IEE) is a comprehensive program to eliminate the academic achievement gap and other forms of educational disparities
in our schools.
Just Communities' Families for Inclusion, Diversity and Access (FIDA) brings together a diverse group of parents and guardians who don't often have the chance to collaborate to address issues of academic effectiveness and equity.
Talking In Class addresses stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination before they lead to hate and violence, by facilitating peer-to-peer training—one of the most effective strategies for impacting student awareness and behavior.
Through Just Communities' Customized Professional Development, programs are designed to meet the specific equity goals of schools, communities, and organizations.
The Just Communities'
Language Justice Initiative aims to improve access to inclusive, effective multilingual spaces in order to remove language barriers, strengthen participation, and connect people across differences of language, culture, race, ethnicity, and immigration status.
"Most programs I've participated in have helped me better succeed in the current school system. Just Communities helped me change the school system so that everyone could succeed."
- Angelica Hernandez