Dismantling systemic racism with intentional organizing led by Black parents
To dismantle systemic racial inequities through collective organizing and intentional engagement of African American parents and communities. To advocate for high quality educational opportunities and equitable distribution of resources
EPiC is the non-profit parent empowerment and advocacy organization that has hosted forums with district administrators inclusive of the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Directors of various district programs. We host parent, teacher and student forums to hear directly from those with lived experiences in the education system and find solutions to work better together.
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Hosted forums with District administrators inclusive of the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Directors of various DPS programs.
Engaged parents in both title I DPS schools after advocating to keep the state’s Innovative School District from taking them over.
A direct resource for the District to contribute parent volunteers and impactful engagement in the strategic plan developed by the Superintendent, parent advisory council’s, equity affairs advisory council, the COVID-19 re-entry taskforce, and curriculum input.
Organized follow up meetings with the Black Parent Leaders Collaborative, the Superintendent and his cabinet after over 100 parents and students spoke against the discipline disparities at one of DPS magnet schools.
These meetings resulted in (1) a tangible policy change to ensure students receive their course work in Restorative Practice Centers, and (2) a collaborative initiative with two other race equity organizations in one middle school for the upcoming year to increase culturally responsive and affirming classes, but unfortunately was halted with school being virtual.
Formed up to 17 affinity groups in separate DPS schools in under 3 years that have resulted in impactful Black parent engagement, increasing culturally responsive curriculum and programming in their local schools and coalescing to advocate for district-wide equity considerations.