Organizations for Diversity, Equity, & Justice
A Better Chance Inc., abetterchance.org
A Better Chance serves as a resource for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders among young people of color in the United States.
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), www.aflcio.org/home/html
The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families-to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement.
The American Friends Service Committee, www.afsc.org
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
The Children's Defense Fund, www.childrensdefense.org
Mission Statement The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child BehindÂ® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.
The Digital Divide Network, www.digitaldividenetwork.org
DDN focuses on issues related to the "digital divide," the gap between those who can effectively use new information and communication tools, such as the Internet, and those who cannot. The site provides resources, news, links, and ways to get involved.
Emerging Scholars Program, http://www.emergingscholarsprogram.org
ESP seeks boys and girls who exhibit exceptional academic and leadership potential who, without financial assistance could not consider an independent school education. ESP was established in 2002 by a consortium of Northern Virginia independent schools.
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), http://www.maec.org
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center is one of ten Equity Assistance Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It provides technical assistance and training services free of charge to school districts in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Multicultural Resource Center (Philadelphia Area), http://www.mcrcenter.org
The Philadelphia area Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC) is an independent school collaborative that focuses on promoting increased diversity in the school curriculum, faculty, and student body of its member schools in the Philadelphia area. MCRC offers lectures and workshops, and their web site provides additional resources.
National Action Network, www.nationalsctionnetwork.org
Network founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The National Action Network describes its mission as a "fight for progressive, people-based policies against the rising conservative trend of cutting human services and balancing budgets at the expense of the working class people."
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, www.naacp.org
NAACP Youth and College Division,www.naacp.org/work/youth_college/youth_college.shtml
The NAACP believes strongly that future leaders must be developed today, and such development is ongoing in the Youth & College Division, created in 1936. Today there are more than 400 Youth Councils and College Chapters actively involved in voter registration.
NAACP Resources, www.naacp.org/connections/index.html
The struggle for equality is a community effort. To be truly successful open access to information is critical Partnerships and associations are the foundations for this access.
NAIS Board Equity and Justice Committee, www.nais.org/equity/eq_board.cfm
The NAIS board of directors is committed to the principle that equity and justice is every individual's responsibility in a school or association. In this light, the board equity and justice committee supports and monitors equity and justice initiatives while representing NAIS' commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, equity and justice to the full board and the association.
NAIS Principles of Good Practice, www.nais.org/about/principles.cfm?filename=pgp2001_equity.htm
Equity and Justice
Schools have found that the process of creating and sustaining an equitable and just community requires commitment, reflection, conscious and deliberate action, as well as constant vigilance. These Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice provide the foundation for such a community by ensuring the inclusion of a diversity of individuals and groups in the many aspects of school life.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), www.nameorg.org
Advocates for Educational Equity and Social Justice.
National Employment Minority Network, www.nemnet.org
NEMNET is a resource in the identification and recruitment of minority candidates in North America.
National School Conference Institute, www.ncsinet.com or www.learning24-7.com
The purpose of the National School Conference Institute is to increase every student's opportunity for academic success. Research shows that as educators gain and apply new knowledge and skills through continuous, focused professional development, the children they teach learn more and become responsive to a variety of instructional strategies.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, http://oeo.od.nih.gov/
Website contains information about the office, their projects and has links to additional resources on diversity.
Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition, www.rainbowpush.org
The National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multiracial, multi-issue, international membership organization founded by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. They work to move the nation and the world toward social, racial and economic justice. From the national headquarters in Chicago and a bureau in Washington, D.C., they unit people of diverse ethnic, religious, economic and political backgrounds to make America's promise of " liberty and justice for all" a reality.
Rethinking Schools, www.rethinkingschools.org
Founded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials. We advocate the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.
African American Resources