Our Commitment to Racial Equity
Racial Justice and Equity in Our Community
Our middle school’s art teacher, Israel Solomon, has been commissioned to create portable murals of influential Black Indiana figures in Fishers. We are excited to celebrate Black lives through his art in another part of our city!
Explore Israel’s work:
Community Peace Walk
In June, we co-hosted a Community Peace Walk with the Edna Martin Christian Center to peacefully protest institutional racism in our nation and celebrate Juneteenth alongside our partners in the Martindale-Brightwood community. Throughout the walk, we heard six students of all different ages share powerful reflections on both this moment in our country’s history as well as the meaning of Juneteenth. We had over 150 individuals in attendance and plan to make this celebration an annual event. At KIPP Indy, we know we must act collectively with community partners, families, and students to fight systemic racism and ultimately create a more just world, and we are dedicated to consistently and actively living into that commitment.
We are so excited to have a brand new library in our neighborhood! If you haven’t visited yet, we encourage you to explore our newest community asset. To learn more about the branch visit the Indianapolis Public Library’s website.
Look through more pictures of the Martindale-Brightwood library in this Indy Star article.
Axis: Latino Young Professionals
Indiana Latino Institute
AXIS is an 8-month leadership program designed for Latinx professionals, between the ages of 21-28, to develop personally and professionally and to prepare them to engage with civic and community leadership activities. The program is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office and the Indiana Latino Expo (ILE). Upon program completion, Axis participants will be confident Latinx professionals, equipped to unify, transform and serve the community. Applications are open through October 15th.
The mission of the Indiana Latino Institute is to improve health and advance education for the Indiana Latino community through statewide advocacy, research, and culturally responsive programs. The vision is to be the source of authority and catalyst for change on all aspects of Health and Education that affect the Indiana Latino Community.
- High Profile Mentorship
- Empowerment Opportunities
- Focused Learning and Training
- Civic Engagement
- Strategic Networking
- Think Tank Breakout Sessions
- Community Service Opportunities
Equity Working Groups
1st Annual Peace Walk
At KIPP Indy, we are deeply committed to anti-racism work and we’ve identified this work as absolutely necessary in accomplishing our region wide goals. Part of this work includes working to deepen our understanding of the history or racism in our community and within our country. We will do this through completing racial equity trainings throughout this school year. The KIPP Indy Equity Working Group plays a lead role in shaping our region wide equity work for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.
Racial Equity in the Classroom
We are committed to engaging in meaningful conversations about race and social justice with students in our classrooms. Throughout the past school year, our 5th graders worked in their Social Studies and English Language Arts classes to process the pervasive, systemic racism in our society and use their voices to put pressure on community leaders to act. In the following optional assignment, students were given the space to share and voice their feelings about the flagrant injustices and racial violence over the past few weeks. Their responses are specifically targeted to share with white people.
In this Chalkbeat article, KIPP Indy Legacy High’s composition teacher, Kara Davis-Myers, shares how she teaches and discusses social justice with her students and why schools educating predominately white students should do the same.
Resources for Change
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown: This book explores a Black woman’s journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric.
Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School by Monique W. Morris: In a work that chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the rising movement to challenge the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.
- W.O.C at Work by Rai King & Dr. Blanca Ruiz
- Model Minority Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians and Blacks by NPR’s Code Switch
- How White Parents Can Talk About Race by NPR’s All Things Considered
- Turning Hope Into Action: Why the COVID-19 Crisis is an Opportunity to Reshape the Way We View Schooling by KIPP’s KIPP on Learning
To ensure we are engaging in racial equity conversations grounded in shared definitions of terms, we utilize and follow the KIPP Equity Glossary.
Use Your Voice
Complete your Census & Register to Vote
Decisions about Indy’s future- and the dollars for it- come down to counting everyone, especially YOU!
Fill out your census today at https://my2020census.gov/
Call: 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish)
Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Register to vote or check your voter registration. You can also find your polling place at this link.
Apply for a poll worker position in the county of which you are registered. You can apply for Marion County here.
Deadline: October 5th, 2020
Black Lives Matter Indy
Black Lives Matter Indy’s mission is to serve, support, and love Black people. We wish to lift unheard voices of people of color, to build and grow local community, and educate those ready to learn. We strive to amplify Black femme voices, create new Black spaces, and help those on the path to liberation. We are here to advocate for other oppressed groups, combat mass incarceration, end police brutality, and eradicate white supremacy. We will execute our mission through organizing, civil disobedience and disruption, by any means necessary.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.