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5,000 Students Served Differently Every Year.

100,000 Student Lives Changed by 2020.

The Center’s Equity Certificate Program is a year-long, cohort learning model for K-12 educators who are committed to creating equitable and inclusive school environments.  Providing both personal and group learning opportunities, Equity Certificate builds capacity and community for teachers, counselors, classified staff, and administrators to deepen consciousness, skills and resolve to lead with equity in and out of the classroom. The Equity Program is a total of six (6) degree-applicable, graduate credits.  Completion of the program will be awarded with a certificate and transcript for credits through Western Oregon University’s College of Education.

 Program Summary

 The Equity Certificate Program is a year-long learning cohort consisting of three collaborative sessions. Areas of focus include:

  • Engaging and highly interactive facilitation with supporting curriculum to learn, reflect and build community in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) 
  • Leadership development for educators, school support staff, and administrators to become DEI leaders
  • Building capacity to improve outcomes for all students by centering BIPOC students 

The Equity Certificate Program is a year-long experience consisting of three collaborative learning sessions in a cohort-based model:

Foundations for Racial Equity Summer Intensive – Part 1 (60 hours/2 credits)

  • Week one: August 7-10, 2023, 9-4 pm

  • Week two: August 14-17, 2023, 9-4 pm

Equity in Action (90 hours/3 credits)

  • September 2023 through May 2024
  • Two sessions per month
    • One Saturday morning session (4 hours)
    • One “after school”, site-based session (2 hours)

Leading for Equity: Summer Intensive – Part 2 (30 hours/1 credits)

  • June 24 – June 27, 2024, 9am-4pm

Course Sequence

  • A Foundation for Racial Equity
  • Understanding Cultural Frameworks and De-centering Dominant Culture (Whiteness)
  • Facilitating Learning in Diverse Communities
  • Engaging and Empowering Family Partnership in School Settings
  • Leading for Equity: Building Inclusive School Systems and Creating Systemic Change

What’s Different?

  • We hold all educators deeply capable of becoming leaders for equity.
  • Our graduates are capable of leading a deep equity transformation in their buildings.
  • Our programs raise racial consciousness, deepen resolve, and develop practical skills.
  • Our instructors are practicing, highly accomplished equity leaders in the community.
  • We are committed to working together for systemic change. No one can do this alone.

All classes will be virtual.

How to Register
For more information on the application process, contact Jessica Mallare Best, jessica@ceipdx.com

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