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:
Celebrating LatinX Heritage Month
Centering Our Black Female Leaders
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we highlighted three KIPP Indy staff members- Martha Cortes, Tyfany Bouie, and Felipe Cuatecontzi. They share how representation affected their education and ways that schools can truly center the experiences of Hispanic or Latinx students.
Read the full feature: http://ow.ly/GrMD50BTAuX
Throughout Black History Month, we centered the excellence of our Black Female leaders. Our leaders spoke to the power of representation and what they love about themselves and their culture. Visit our Instagram to read their full features.
Our strongest community partnership is with the Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC). Ms. Edna Martin’s leadership and excellence has ensured the creation of the multigenerational service hub that EMCC is today.
She opened her day care in 1941 with the support of the many Indianapolis churches. The center was officially named East Side Christian Center in 1946 and began to support students as an after-school program and pre-school.
In 1974, Edna Martin passed away but her legacy lives on today. The East Side Christian Center was renamed the Edna Martin Christian Center where thousands of students attended pre-school, after school programing, and summer camps each year. Edna Martin is one Black woman from the Martindale Brightwood community that inspired so many young people to pursue a life of choice.
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.
Indiana Latino Institute
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
The Foundation for Racial Equity in Education (FREE) Fellowship for Young Leaders of Color provides a cohort of professionals of color with consistent access to specialized professional development, executive coaching, skill building, and community.
The FREE Fellowship offers:
- $5,000 relocation stipend for TFA alumni living outside of the Indianapolis region
- Specialized leadership development centered in racial equity
- Personalized coaching and mentorship with seasoned Indy leaders of color
- Long-term career support from TFA Indy staff
In our last staff equity session, we discussed the term intersectionality and its specific impact on the experiences of Black women. Join us in our learning by watching the video clip below to learn about the origins of the term intersectionality and how it has impacted Black women’s struggle for equality throughout history.
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.
1st Annual Peace Walk
In our staff’s most recent equity session, we discussed the term intersectionality and how individual identities can grant or inhibit access to power. In particular, our conversation focused on how intersectionality impacts the experiences of Black women.
Learn more about the origins of the term intersectionality and how it was created by and for Black women.
Racial Equity in the Classroom
“It is crucial for white educators to not only discuss racial injustice but also educate on the root causes of racial injustice in the classroom. As a white person I must take active ownership. For instance, in my class we are reading “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. I taught about code switching and the english language. While it is not always said, it is critical for students to know that “standard” english is only standard because of a long history of white supremacy.” -Aly Phillips, 8th Grade Literacy Teacher
“When we introduce a new technique or artist, students are asked to think critically about how history, location, and culture affected what we are looking at. We recently studied Romare Bearden and my 4th and 5th graders had a thoughtful discussion about his family’s choice to migrate north during the Great Migration. They were able to pick out how his move impacted his art throughout his life and what opportunities he had in NY that he may not have had in NC.”- Augusta Stoughton, Elementary Art Teacher
“I want our students to say, ‘Oh I see myself in this character and oh I see my friend in that character.’ By including people from many different backgrounds in their reading texts, we are able to teach students early about people who are different than themselves and how to develop self-love.”- Lorena Stevenson
In this month’s Staff Spotlight, kindergarten teachers Bri Aikens and Lorena Stevenson, share how they are refining our reading curriculum through a culturally responsive lens and how their project is impacting students’ engagement and results.
Full Feature: http://ow.ly/4WFE50DndHp
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.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
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.
Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio: Looking beyond the common stories from the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented and the mysteries of her own life. The stories she tells show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects.
- The Promised Land- White Work
- Intersectionality Matters
- 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.
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.