Starting theconversation

The most dangerous conversation about race is the one we don't have.


FREE supports education organizations to realize their missions of providing a truly equitable education for every student. We start with race, the most taboo and unreconciled American subject, so that when inequities of any kind surface we can recognize, disrupt, and rebuild.

Starting theconversation

The most dangerous conversation about race is the one we don't have.


FREE supports education organizations to realize their missions of providing a truly equitable education for every student. We start with race, the most taboo and unreconciled American subject, so that when inequities of any kind surface we can recognize, disrupt, and rebuild.

“When we talk about that which will sustain and nurture our spiritual growth as a people, we must once again talk about the importance of community. For one of the most vital ways that we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.”

~ bell hooks, Teaching to Trangress

“When we talk about that which will sustain and nurture our spiritual growth as a people, we must once again talk about the importance of community. For one of the most vital ways that we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.”

~ bell hooks, Teaching to Trangress

why race?breaking the silence

why race?breaking the silence

Education Communities lack the discourse confidence to disrupt inequitable systems by working across difference for change. They also miss opportunities to achieve educational equity by not realizing that they must shift to include multiple perspectives at all levels of decision making.

Education Communities lack the discourse confidence to disrupt inequitable systems by working across difference for change. They also miss opportunities to achieve educational equity by not realizing that they must shift to include multiple perspectives at all levels of decision making.

Education Communities lack the intentional strategy to personally and professionally develop the necessary skills to build individual awareness and conviction, organize for collective engagement, and plan for meaningful and disruptive direct action.

Education Communities lack the intentional strategy to personally and professionally develop the necessary skills to build individual awareness and conviction, organize for collective engagement, and plan for meaningful and disruptive direct action.

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination…And race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. 

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, “No, where are you really from?”, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: “I do not belong here.”

~ Sonia Sotomayor

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination…And race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. 

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, “No, where are you really from?”, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: “I do not belong here.”

~ Sonia Sotomayor

objectivesdevelop / deepen / engage

objectivesdevelop / deepen / engage

Develop a deeper personal awareness about how who you are (i.e. “The Skin You’re In”) impacts how you show up in educational equity work.

Develop a deeper personal awareness about how who you are (i.e. “The Skin You’re In”) impacts how you show up in educational equity work.

Deepen your understanding of local and national history and stories.

Deepen your understanding of local and national history and stories.

Develop a shared vocabulary to better talk about and understand systemic oppression.

Develop a shared vocabulary to better talk about and understand systemic oppression.

Engage in discourse about the impact of racism on the educational experience of historically underserved students of color.

Engage in discourse about the impact of racism on the educational experience of historically underserved students of color.

Develop and use a set of tools as a Leader for Equity in education. Leaders for Equity will create an intentional equity focus shared by their entire education community.

Develop and use a set of tools as a Leader for Equity in education. Leaders for Equity will create an intentional equity focus shared by their entire education community.

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© 2015 Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education

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