Presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Performing “Equity” as Racial Justice

Equity has “crossed over” as a term, now reaching the same level of usage and popularity as “diversity” and “inclusivity.” In higher education, equity has become a code word that individuals and organizations intone as a demonstration of their “wokeness,” often when applying for grants that mention equity as a priority. The word is put forth as a symbol, typically employed without clarity about its meaning. In this session, Professor Estela Mara Bensimon will discuss the true meaning of equity—as a strategy of anti-racism. She will also draw on examples from her recent work on equity-mindedness with community college instructors to illustrate their transformation from color-blindness to critically race-conscious practitioners.

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photo of Estela Mara Bensimon
Estela Mara Bensimon

USC Rossier School of Education