Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In pursuit of our mission, we commit to model the world we wish to see by building a diverse and inclusive organization.

Our Commitment

We are building a national network of schools preparing kids for success in college and life, and we are committed to building a better world for and with our KIPPsters.

Our strength and resolve, our health as a team and family, our productivity and effectiveness, and the quality of the decisions we make — are all rooted in our diversity. We strive to create an environment in which every member of our team can bring their full identity and experience to the work.

We embrace, honor and celebrate our differences across race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic class, and other characteristics that construct our unique identities.

We are especially committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences of our students because we believe the best work we do is grounded in the realities and experiences of our families and KIPPsters.

Our Action Steps

In July 2020, the KIPP Foundation’s CEO and leadership team acknowledged that 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.

We are continuing to take steps internally at the KIPP Foundation to create a space in which every employee is valued, respected, and honored for their contributions, and our workplace embodies equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. In addition to work within the KIPP Foundation, our leaders committed to pursue six action steps for the 2020-21 school year in partnership with our 28 regions.

Our Work in Practice

  • Staff Diversity
  • Culturally-Relevant Curriculum
  • Ongoing Efforts
  • Staff Diversity
    • Staff Diversity
    • Staff Diversity

      Staff Diversity

      We are committed to creating an environment where staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are best positioned to succeed in their roles and progress in their careers. As of the 2020-21 school year, 70% of our teachers and 55% of our school leaders identify as BIPOC. We strive for continued growth of BIPOC staff in order to create a workforce that reflects our student population. To create accountability and move forward together, KIPP staff participate in a variety of trainings and affinity spaces focused on anti-racism and social justice.

  • Culturally-Relevant Curriculum
    • Culturally-Relevant Curriculum
    • Culturally-Relevant Curriculum

      Culturally-Relevant Curriculum

      We work to create classrooms that embrace student experience, empower students to engage in meaningful discourse, and encourage action. Our curriculum is designed to prompt conversations about timely and relevant topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement,  immigration reform, and elections and politics. We developed a culturally-relevant, K-8 English language arts curriculum, KIPP Wheatley, which includes several lessons on racial, ethnic, and religious identities; social justice issues; and historical eras or events.

  • Ongoing Efforts
    • Ongoing Efforts
    • Ongoing Efforts

      Ongoing Efforts

      We envision a world where every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities. Every day at KIPP, we strive to do work that moves us all toward that vision. We show up and speak out to support positive change. We’ve urged Congress to pursue solutions that address the systemic racism and inequity that our students, families, and communities face. We’ve created initiatives to ensure KIPP alumni have equitable opportunities on their journey to college, career, and beyond. Below, find a few examples of what this work has looked like over the years. For resources on understanding systemic racism and inequality in America, click here.

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