About Us

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RE·Center Race & Equity in Education as an organization is focused on racial inequity in education. When we talk with Black students and students of color, we learn the stories behind the statistics that show that there is disproportionately higher discipline given to students of color, and less benefit in a system that was created for students with mainstream identities. There is a crisis in education in Connecticut and across the nation, and RE·Center, along with many other organizations and individuals, are seeking to highlight it and address it.

The Pew Research Center's 2019 study, Views on Race in America, found that the public has negative views of the country's racial progress. Many other studies support this claim as well.

We know that racism exists on four levels - internal, interpersonal, institutional and ideological. It is insidious and harms individuals, institutions and society at large. RE·Center is focusing on four sectors in society where racism has harmed the ability of these industries to function at their peak levels and limited their abilities to contribute to society.

Our Team

Andréa Hawkins
Andréa HawkinsInterim Executive Director
Cristher Estrada-Peréz
Cristher Estrada-PerézProgram Evaluation Manager
Esther Jean-Marie
Esther Jean-MarieDevelopment and Communications Manager
Ramona Reynolds
Ramona ReynoldsOffice Assistant Manager
Suri Seymour
Suri SeymourDirector of Adult Learning
Christopher Richard
Christopher RichardTalent and Training Manager

Our Board

Joelle Murchison
Joelle Murchison Board Chair
Michelle D. McKnight
Michelle D. McKnight Board Secretary
Wendy Brown Helmkamp
Wendy Brown Helmkamp Chair of the Mission and Measurement Committee
Ngozi Taffe
Ngozi Taffe Board Treasurer, and Chair of Finance Committee
Kathryn Mullin, Esq.
Kathryn Mullin, Esq. Board Member
Cheryl Hilton,BS, Realtor, PSCS, AHWD
Cheryl Hilton,BS, Realtor, PSCS, AHWD Board Member
Sarfraz (Safa) Nistar
Sarfraz (Safa) Nistar Board Member
Erik Wasson
Erik Wasson Board Member
Sean Mosley
Sean Mosley Board Member
Karen Senteio
Karen SenteioBoard Member
Stephanie Lockhart, Ed. D
Stephanie Lockhart, Ed. DBoard Member

Our Vision

  • We envision an equitable and just world where all youth have what they need to grow and thrive.

  • We envision empowered students supported by conscious, critically thinking adults and supportive and safe schools and communities.

  • We work towards a world in which equity is institutionalized in all school systems.

Based on 25 years of strong and powerful work and a successful re-brand, RE·Center is known for powerful facilitation, serious commitment to racial equity, and a commitment to outcomes.

We are a people-first organization that works in partnership with and centers the experience of those who hold marginalized or oppressed identities. We value the narratives and lived experiences of our staff, students, educators, and communities. We’re also in consultation with national and emerging best practices in the field of anti-racism, educational equity, and anti-oppression work.

Most importantly, our clients and our evaluation outcomes tell us our work makes a difference.

Our Values

  • Equity & Justice
  • Learning & Growth
  • Communications
  • Relationships & Community
  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Impact

Strategies

Equitable evaluations are a tool to assess the effectiveness of our programs and internal structures in a way that is deeply rooted in racial equity and community.

Our equitable evaluations are rooted in four foundational practices:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Improvement
  • Communication