Equity Teams for Positive School Change
Re•Center’s signature youth program, Equity Teams for Positive School Change (ETPSC), is a program designed for students, administrators, and teachers to co-create equitable school environments where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. The program is designed to build capacity within schools so that impacts of racism and inequity can be addressed.
ETPSC was designed as a multi-year course covering basics of leadership, team building, equity, justice, advocacy, and organizing. Due to the current pandemic, however, some program elements have been redesigned. For schools with an existing ETPSC youth cohort (e.g., Sunset Ridge Middles School, East Hartford), Re•Center facilitates online youth learning twice a month during virtual school hours, co-moderated by schoolteachers.
The program combines intergenerational learning with peer-to-peer learning in the areas of racial justice, equity, and consciousness raising conversations. We also offer monthly sessions for adults in the school community to help educators and others understand ETPSC’s goals and co-create the learning co-hort. Adults and students come together for cohort community learning sessions once each semester.
The goals of the Equity Teams program are:
- Increase school communities’ social consciousness around systems of oppression;
- Increase school administrations’ internal capacity to identify inequitable school practices, policies, and procedures through the creation and development of equity teams;
- Support school communities’ abilities to co-create, enact, and evaluate new equitable practices, policies, and procedures that foster a school culture of belonging and racial/cultural affirmation.