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Racial Equity and Student Centered Learning

Racial Equity and Student Centered Learning

In January 2019, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) announced new mission, vision, and values statements to guide the continued development of its organizational culture and grant making strategy. The Foundation’s redefined mission seeks “to champion efforts that prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth.” This new mission was the result of a year-long strategic reflection process by Foundation board and staff that examined the structures of race that shape the experiences and outcomes of every community and result in disparate harm for people of color in those communities. Although the Foundation has long promoted educational equity in its work, this new mission makes educational equity and dismantling racism and white supremacy in schools the central priority of its decision-making and operations.

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