Who We Are
Great Lakes Equity Center is a technical assistance and research center located at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Established in 2011, the Center provides technical assistance, resources, professional learning opportunities, and conducts research related to equity, civil rights, and systemic school reform. The Center serves as a resource to educational agencies across the nation, and hosts the Region III Equity Assistance Center, the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center.
 

Our Mission 

To ensure students’ equitable educational access, participation, and outcomes by expanding states’ and systems’ capacities to provide robust, effective opportunities to learn for all students, regardless of and responsive to race, sex, national origin, religion, as well as income, and to eliminate inequities among and between groups.
 
 

Core Activity Domains

To achieve our mission, we seek to: 
 
  • Improve effectiveness and distribution of effective teachers and principals
  • Improve school engagement, environment, and school safety, as well as family and community engagement in schools
  • Increase and support data-based decision making related to use of research-based, culturally responsive curricula and instructional practices in classrooms, schools, and districts
  • Build coalitions between higher education, PreK-12 systems, communities, and families
  • Promote equity by addressing needs of historically underserved students, including students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Address the disproportionate representation of minority students in special, gifted, and advanced placement (AP) programs as well as STEM education
  • Support, develop, and disseminate effective approaches to school dropout prevention and reentry
  • Support districts transitioning to unitary status in desegregation cases
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Great Lakes Equity Center

Dr. Kathleen King Thorius
Executive Director
glec@iupui.edu
317-278-3493

 

Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center

Dr. Seena Skelton
Director of Operations
smskelto@iupui.edu
317-278-3493