The Dudley Flood Center exists to create an equitable education system by addressing the systemic inequities plaguing the educational system which limit opportunity and access for PK – 12 students and educators. After more than 60 years following the Brown vs. Education ruling, student outcomes are tied to race, ethnicity, residential differences, and the resources available between affluent and economically disadvantaged schools and districts. Research has shown that students from traditionally marginalized racial and ethnic groups and those from lower socioeconomic groups are less like to attend schools with qualified teachers, have access to advanced courses, access to postsecondary opportunities.
We must act.
Our framework is a commitment to act and provides systematic approaches to a diverse stakeholder group within and outside education to establish collective practices to eradicate systemic inequities. This unique framework elevates care as foundational to equity. To change we must act using shared guiding principles of dignity, respect, and well-being comprised of six research-based core competencies to create and contribute to building and maintaining equity.
The core competencies are:
Infuse and instill aspiration through representation
Collect, analyze, desegregate, and communicate data/outcomes
Increase historical awareness, current trends and implications
Provide equitable resource allocation
Provide multiple pathways to eliminate barriers to success
Engage a diverse and representative stakeholder group