Equity Matters: In Learning, for Life

The Equity Alliance Mission

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The Equity Alliance Mission is to promote access, participation and positive outcomes for all students by engaging educational stakeholders, reframing and advancing the discourse on educational equity and transforming public education, locally, nationally and internationally.

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    Survey the field of education for the current issues that affect educational equity. Receive updated information about teaching, leading, and empowering culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Critically synthesize and create knowledge.


    Produce knowledge that informs, challenges and reframes educational discourse towards equitable approaches to education for all.


    Collaborate with community and partners at ASU and a national and international audience through our growing listserv and programmatic activities such as the Equity Alliance Blog. We engage and disseminate our products on educational equity through social media to engage in participation as an organization. 


Transform educational systems by disseminating knowledge that transforms readers toward longstanding equity as it relates to ALL students, including culturally and linguistically diverse students and their communities for praxis.


Programmatic Activities

Our blog is a tool for e-learning.  It is designed to translate research, take everyday experiences, and uncover their multiple meanings to create accessible and useful information for news organizations, families, community members, and practitioners.  Our blog should challenge accepted assumptions and practices and inspire readers to futher discussion and action.  Each blog should engage readers in new ways of thinking and acting to educate all students.

The book series explores one of the most pressing needs in the field of special and general education—how to educate minoritized learners with disabilities—and will help readers to understand how this goal is fundamental to achieving equity for all learners.  Click here to see a list of all the published titles in the book series. Interested in submitting a proposal?  Contact Lorena.Quinones@asu.edu.  Submission guidelines for all authors can be found here.   

This interdisciplinary study examined the contextual factors that contribute to the educational paradox that exists between persistent racial disparities in educational outcomes, a policy framework that aims to provide equal opportunity and access to high quality intervention services, and persistent racial disproportionality in special education. Utilizing mixed methods, this study focused on how historical, social, and economic factors within school districts may affect the implementation and ultimate success of policy in reducing racialized outcomes in education. 

These initiatives aim to produce knowledge and advance our understanding of inclusive education across spaces and times. We feature here the various projects that we and our partners have conducting on inclusive education around the world. The most recent outcome is an open-access publication entitled, Keeping the promise? Contextualizing inclusive education in developing countries


Equity Alliance Blog

By Amanda Parris, July 1, 2020

Schools should be a welcoming, safe place for all students – where students can be themselves, learn, and thrive. However, harsh discipline policies and punitive dress codes are disproportionately pushing students of color out of public schools. Biased school dress codes too often target...

By David Osher & Jill Young, May 4, 2020

All humans deserve to thrive—socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, economically, and spiritually. Equity in thriving has been contested and denied in the U.S. since the first Europeans arrived. Not only has opportunity been limited, but so has the conceptualization of what equity...

By Hui-Ling S. Malone, Julian Giordano, Kay Galarza, Monique Carter, & Demiana Rizkalla, April 20, 2020

When asked, “How does it feel to be you in school?” a Black 16-year-old male student answered, “I feel imprisoned in school. I wish I didn’t have to stand in line to be searched to get into school and then be held to a strict code as to what I have to do during the day. I wish the teachers would...

By Erica Frankenberg, March 10, 2020

In April 2019, the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing about the legacy of...

By Laura Wray-Lake, February 11, 2020

Some policymakers in the United States are considering whether the right to vote should be extended to 16 and 17 year olds. This policy would enfranchise millions of adolescents per year, including very large proportions of youth of color and youth from immigrant families...

By Angela E. Arzubiaga, December 2, 2019

The education of unaccompanied minors calls for transformative educators and policies. A question we need to continuously ask is whether we want to train minors so they are apprenticed into servitude,...

Mercedes Cannon
By Mercedes Cannon, November 25, 2019

As an associate director of a disability office in higher education, I have had the pleasure of meeting various students with disabilities or labeled with dis/abilities...

Judit Moschokovich
By Judit Moschkovich, October 11, 2019

English learners (ELs) are currently about five million students in the U.S. If we want these students to have access to equitable math instructionwe need to first move past deficit views of those learners and contradict common sense notions of what they need. Research...

Carrie Sampson
By Carrie Sampson, August 26, 2019

School boards are the epitome of local U.S. politics. With more than 90,000 members governing nearly 13,000 school districts, school boards represent millions of constituents. In many ways, we entrust these policymakers with our children’s education. Yet, the question remains: Should we trust...

Bree Picower
By Bree Picower, May 24, 2019

Allysa sat across from me, nervously twisting her curled hair as she introduced herself.  It was clear she had put time into her appearance for this admission interview for the elementary teacher education program at my institution.  As a faculty member, I regularly interview nice, young,...

Mildred Bovea
By Mildred Boveda, May 17, 2019

I distinctly remember coming across Joaquin’s Dilemma, by Pedro Noguera, when I was a special education teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I was struck by the title of his analysis of the racialization of...