2016 Equity & Excellence Grant Recipients
2016 Equity & Excellence Grant Recipients
Conexión Américas offered an opportunity for sub-grant funding to Coalition members this spring, and we are pleased to announce our nine grantees and their innovative and collaborative projects. They are our pioneers, boldly testing new ideas, partnering with others, and raising their collective voices in impactful ways. We will keep you updated on their progress in our monthly newsletters, and will feature each of them over the coming year. We anticipate the projects will yield high-impact strategies that can be replicated, and look forward to learning from them in the coming year.
Christian Brothers University will develop and implement a Special Topics course designed to teach Latino and other students about public advocacy and how to carry out a comprehensive advocacy project focused on tuition equality.
Family Engagement University (FEU) is a a program of Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Department of Family and Community Partnerships, and Building Bridges, a program of the Oasis Center, will elevate the need for policies that advance teacher quality through trainings and preparation around diversity, identity, privilege, and equity for all students.
The Knoxville Area Urban League, along with Centro Hispano, Project Grad, the City of Knoxville, and Knox County Schools will form the Knoxville Equity Alliance in order to advance a shared policy advocacy agenda that promotes educational equity, opportunity, and excellence for underserved students of color in Knox County.
La Paz Chattanooga will develop a public awareness campaign and a series of workshops in order to increase Latino student access to and through college. They will provide trainings and host meetings with local counselors, admissions staff, and administrators at high schools, and local universities and colleges on barriers to entry, as well as recruitment and retention. Continue reading “La Paz Chattanooga”
Maryville College will bring concrete resources and programs to Latino students, K-12, college and university staff, and partner organizations in East Tennessee. By building formal and informal networks of support for Latino students and for partner organizations they will increase college access, opportunity, and information to students and families in the region. Continue reading “Maryville College”
The Trailblazer Coalition, a collaboration between Lipscomb University’s College of Education, the Nashville Teacher Residency, and Belmont University’s Metro Nashville Teacher Residency Program, seeks to address the lack of diversity in the local teacher workforce. They will formulate strategic plans designed to improve recruitment and retention of candidates of color in area teacher preparation programs with the long-term goal of increasing the number of candidates of color graduating and teaching in public schools in Nashville. Continue reading “The Trailblazer Coalition”
The National Civil Rights Museum in partnership with the Shelby County Schools, will engage parents, advocates, and other stakeholders around the academic progress of K-12 students in Memphis, with particular focus on the effectiveness of the investments that have been made in school reform over the past six years. The Museum will host three educational “exhibits” in their Legacy Building over the course of the year. Continue reading “The National Civil Rights Museum”
PeopleFirst Partnership in collaboration with Latino Memphis and the Memphis Chapter of the NAACP plan to address the issue of health disparities in children of color, with a particular focus on reducing chronic absence in Shelby County Schools. This project includes a variety of strategies, including a public information campaign and convening of diverse stakeholders to identify and advocate for policy solutions at the district, local, and state level. Continue reading “PeopleFirst Partnership”
The Tennessee State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) proposes to leverage their expertise and state-wide presence in order to engage their membership, as well as parents, community leaders, and clergy in advocating for strong accountability in ESSA and appropriate and equitable resources for students in every district. Their strategies are two-fold; hosting a series of public events, town hall/community meetings, forums, and media events across the state. Continue reading “TN NAACP”