Together for Justice:
Get to know more about KIPP’s work on justice and equity.
Turning Words into Actions
There is still much more work to be done to eliminate any practice at KIPP that furthers systemic racism, anti-Blackness, and inequities experienced by our students, alumni, families, teachers, and staff. Below are six action steps we are taking to move this work forward.
- We are retiring “Work hard. Be nice.” as KIPP’s national slogan; it ignores the significant effort required to dismantle systemic racism, places value on being compliant and submissive, supports the illusion of meritocracy, and does not align with our vision of students being free to create the future they want. Learn more about this decision here.
- We are distributing mental health and healing grants to support regions as they address disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and healing from racial trauma. While these funds will surely not address the enormity of what communities are facing, we hope the support furthers the work on that path.
- We are committing to the review and elimination of inequitable discipline practices in all our schools.
- KIPP Foundation staff will work with every region to begin to identify a leader, either a Senior Equity Officer or another staff person, for their anti-racism and equity work.
- We are committing to the re-assessment of our security practices in all regions, including eliminating the presence of police in our schools wherever possible and ensuring that we are utilizing restorative practices as a solve for conflict.
- Moving forward, we want employee offer letters to include language that requires a commitment to anti-racism as a condition of employment because everyone who works at KIPP must be committed to anti-racism in their beliefs and in their behavior.
Social Justice and Equity Teaching
In order to create an environment in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are internalized by all team members, we equip KIPP teachers and staff with social justice and equity resources that help children understand and leverage their own power for social change.
To view lessons, activities, and teacher development resources, visit our teachers’ page.
Visual Album on Social Justice
Inspired by many difficult conversations about race, equity, and social justice, KIPP Philadelphia high schoolers collaborated to produce the visual album, “Flowers” over the last year.
What Might Have Been
Read how KIPP St. Louis' Monica Reed, who teaches African American culture, was able to provide a safe space for her students to discuss the somber mood felt across the country after the Derek Chauvin verdict.
#StopAsianHate: Resources That Support The AAPI Community
Explore resources compiled by the KIPP DC Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coalition that provide historical context into the current spike in anti-Asian hate and offer actionable ways to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
KIPP Alums in the Community
KIPP SoCal alum Elizabeth C.C. is not shy about speaking up for the causes she cares about. In her words, “I am working towards finding justice for my people. There are factors that may try to stop us from voicing our concerns, but speak out!”