How to Embed Racial Equity in K-12 Schools with Dr. Adriana Villavicencio

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine, researches K-12 educational policy and school practice that deepens or disrupts inequities for minoritized communities of students and families. For nearly a decade, she conducted research at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU—a Research-Practice Partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE).

Adriana joins Mike Palmer to talk about her book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper: Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys, published by Harvard Education Press, that examines how districts and schools can embed racial equity work into the very fabric of how they serve students. The book also provides a set of concrete approaches and recommendations, so that other districts and schools can take up similar efforts with even more robust results.

It’s a heartfelt and engaging conversation about how to design programs and interventions to reach children the current system is failing. We hope the insights and perspectives we share can help empower folks looking to make an impact on the problems of inequity and access inherent in our educational system. Thanks for listening.

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Episode References

Villavicencio, A. (2021). Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys. Harvard Education Publishing Group. https://www.hepg.org/hep-home/books/am-i-my-brother%E2%80%99s-keeper