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.
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!”
Maurice Buntin: A Concerned Black Man
Beyond his role at KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy, Maurice Buntin is a community builder and member of Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA). He's dedicated to supporting and empowering youth and advocating for the betterment of our communities.
Advocacy Through Art in Indiana
KIPP Indy teacher Israel Solomon's art, which is featured on a billboard in downtown Indianapolis, celebrates the city’s Black community.
Reflections on Equity and Justice
KIPP New Jersey's staff, students, and families reflected on the ongoing work it will take to end systemic racism in their communities and in our country.