Archive of Racial Equity

A MLK Day to Remember

on January 20th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

I hope you had a meaningful MLK Day yesterday!  We are proud that our very own Alecia Brooks was honored yesterday at the 1st Annual Stride Toward Progress Bell Ringing and Awards Ceremony here in Iowa City.  Royceann Porter, 2014-15 African American Achievement Award Recipient, took it upon herself to publicly acknowledge the hard…

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2015 Martin Luther King Day of Service

on January 16th, 2015 in Blog by | 4 Comments

 “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding  will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with…

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Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County: A Report of The Coalition for Racial Justice

on July 27th, 2014 in Racial Equity by | No Comments

Download the report below: Download the Report

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Marking the One Year Anniversary of Our Local Equity Report

on July 23rd, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

One year ago today, the Coalition for Racial Justice released the report, Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County.  This report was a major impetus for the partnership we have developed with Diversity Focus, so that we might address some of the challenges described within. Our very own Alecia Brooks wrote…

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West Wind and Diversity Focus to Partner for Educational Equity

on July 22nd, 2014 in Blog by | 9 Comments

West Wind Education Policy and Diversity Focus announce a new partnership, The Creative Corridor Center for Equity. We invite you to collaborate with us! Our communities have experienced tumultuous change in the past decade as our population has diversified, we weathered the 500-year flood, and we strive to bring 21st…

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Local Activism for Equity

on November 26th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

There is an exciting movement under foot in Iowa City, as residents across our community–diverse by race, geography, culture, language, income, and wealth–join together to approach the Iowa City Community School Board tonight.  Earlier in the year, the Calendar Committee, appointed by the superintendent of schools, presented a school year…

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What We Are Doing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

on January 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983 legislation was signed declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In 1994 Congress designated MLK Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, a…

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The Power of Belief

on October 12th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

As I drove into work this morning, I realized that in a foreseeable amount of time (one month from now), a long-term goal that has been one of the biggest challenges I ever set out to achieve will culminate: I will defend my dissertation and have earned my PhD.  Though…

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Olympic chatter chastising a champion

on August 8th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

I have easily watched more television since the Olympics began on July 27 than I have since July of last year. It is so easy to just keep watching event after event. The command athletes have over their sports, their bodies, and their minds is evident and addictive to watch…

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The New Jim Crow

on May 25th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Thank you, Deborah Meier, for being able and willing to reveal your own racism! As Meier tells Diane Ravitch in the blog they write to each other and willingly share with the world: I think I have fallen into the trap, too, when pointing out that the white poor face…

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