Race & Education

Confronting Systemic Racism

In direct response to the racial reckoning currently happening in The United States, The Hunt Institute has created a new webinar series, Race & Education, to confront head on the issues of systemic racism.


The Hunt Institute is committed to having honest conversations about issues of race that are embedded in and impact all of public education. The Institute views all of its programs through an equity lens, and the Race & Education webinar series is another opportunity to lift up the voices of the people and organizations who have dedicated their time and resources to improving outcomes for children of color.

Since the first episode on July 28th, 2020, the series has featured individuals from a host of organizations fighting for racial equity, including My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The American Indian Graduate Center, The Latino Community Foundation,  XQ Institute, The Center for Black Educator Development, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, Winston Salem State University, and Partner With Legacy.

Through these important conversations, we at The Hunt Institute hope to continue to learn, share, and implement solutions to the equity issues in America’s education system.

Upcoming Webinars

As America grapples with a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color and a civil rights crisis, one of the ways The Hunt Institute has responded is by designing conversations to help practitioners, elected officials, and community members. Here are the forthcoming conversations we have designed to help education leaders understand the short term and long-term challenges facing students color.

Evidence-Based Approaches to Challenging Systemic Racism in Education
November 5, 2020

The roots of systemic racism are real and continue to be a challenge for educators and policymakers. While the problems in unequal access and treatment are ubiquitous in education systems across the United States, there are solutions that policymakers can scale to make a change. In this webinar, hear from education and philanthropy leaders about the evidenced-based strategies they are investing in for making reforms to state and local education across the country.



Early Childhood Race & Education Webinar
November 19, 2020

As America’s education system adapts to a continued civil rights crisis and the global pandemic, the nation’s child care industry is in jeopardy. Child care practitioners, mostly women of color, have had their livelihoods threatened by center closures and the inequity in child care access for children of color has increased learning gaps. In this webinar, hear from child care industry experts who will talk about the child care issues plaguing black and brown children and their families.



Supporting Leadership Diversity and Anti-Racism in Education Change
December 10, 2020

Tackling systemic racism in education policy takes not only scalable solutions, but strong leadership in policy organizations. While there are many education policy organizations, there is a lack of diversity in policy perspectives and staffing from people of color. In this webinar, hear from a panel of education policy leaders about how to create a pipeline of anti-racist leadership in policy organizations and how including those perspectives improves an organization’s impact.



Please reach out if you have any questions or comments about these upcoming webinars. We aim to find the right panelists and moderators to speak effectively on the issues and are representatives of the children these problems impact.

Past Webinars

We hope these important conversations serve as a catalyst for policymakers, nonprofit leaders, administrators, and educators hoping to make a substantive difference in the fight for racial equity in public education. Below you will find past webinar descriptions, panelists, and complete recordings. Please reach out to Senegal Alfred Mabry with any questions about these resources.

Episode 1: Challenging Racism in State and Local Education Systems

There is much to be done in education to improve equity and access for children of color. In this webinar, education leaders spoke about the racism Black, Latinx, and American Indian children face in education, policing in schools, and evidence-based strategies for dismantling systemic racism.

Denise Forte, Senior Vice President at The Education Trust
Michael Smith, Executive Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center
Christian Arana, Policy Director of the Latino Community Foundation

Episode 2: The Pressing Need for Culturally Responsive Curriculum in Classrooms

Schools and school districts across the country are working to confront systemic racism in hiring, policy, and administration. While the need to confront racism in bureaucracies is real, education leaders cannot forget the importance of challenging racism in their schools and their main weapon – classroom curriculum. In this webinar, hear from curriculum experts about best practices for finding and using a culturally responsive curriculum to teach students the values of equity and diversity.

Dr. Heather Harding, 
Senior Director of Educational Grantmaking at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation
Dr. Selma K. Bartholomew, President of Partner with Legacy
Rodney Robinson, 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year
Ann Katherine-Kimble, Curriculum Designer at the XQ Institute

Episode 3: Building the Next Generation of Diverse Teacher Leaders

Overcoming the systemic racial barriers in education cannot be done without the hard work of teacher leaders who promote equity inside and outside of the classroom. While America’s teacher shortage is widely discussed, there is not enough conversation about the national shortage of teachers of color and what more diversity could bring to local schools and school districts. In this webinar, education policymakers shared strategies they are using to recruit and retain a new generation of diverse teacher leaders.

Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
Dr. Donna-Marie Cole-Malott, 
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Dr. Anthony Graham, Provost, Winston Salem University
Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Gerard Robinson, Adjunct Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Kebbler Williams, Director of K-12, The Hunt Institute

Episode 4: The Intersections Between Racism and Poverty in Education Policy

As state leaders seek to address systemic racism in education policy, they need to understand more about the intersectionalities impacting student achievement. In this webinar, education policy experts spoke about the compounding challenges poor children of color face as they navigate the K-12 education system.

Pamela Inbasekaran, Executive Vice President of Relay Graduate School of Education
The Honorable Aaron Ford, Nevada Attorney General
Dr. Howard Fuller, Founder of the Institute for Transformative Learning at Marquette University
Sharif El-Mekki, CEO at the Center for Black Educator Development

Episode 5: Confronting Implicit Discrimination in Schools and School Districts

As schools and school districts attempt to show their commitment to improving equity and access for students, they cannot miss the opportunity to confront hidden bias in the education system. While education leaders often believe that they treat their students fairly regardless of their race, everyone has hidden biases that could impact students’ learning inside and outside of the classroom. In this webinar, hear from experts on how implicit discrimination could be impacting school performance and how to recognize and confront hidden bias in the education system.

Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate School of Education
Rosario Quiroz Villarreal, Policy Entrepreneur at The Next 100
Karol Mason, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Dr. Ventura Rodriguez, Senior Associate Commissioner of MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Episode 6: Identifying and Supporting the Human Needs of children of Color

Leaders must seek to understand the social and emotional needs of students of color who are processing recent acts of police brutality and the loss of life sweeping across the country from COVID-19. While the national trauma is reaching all students and families, the human needs of children of color are often understudied and neglected by policymakers. In this webinar, resource experts spoke about the human challenges facing children of color during this period of national uncertainty and how leaders can help students through the trauma so they can focus on themselves and their learning.

Shawn Brown, Executive Director of Becoming a Man (BAM) Boston
Veronica Crespin-Palmer, Co-Founder & CEO of RISEColorado
Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Executive Vice President of NWEA
Elaine Townsend Utin, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of LatinxEd

Episode 7: Student Perspectives on the Future of Inclusion and Equity in K-12 Education

Implementing education policy change can only be done successfully with the buy-in of education’s most important stakeholder, students. Young people have been the drivers behind every major civil rights change in the United States, but their leadership in education policy organizations has been traditionally underutilized. In this webinar, hear from a panel of students who are currently working on the frontlines of challenging systemic racism in the education system.

Andrew Brennen
, Education Fellow, National Geographic
Brianna Cea, Founder & CEO, Generation Vote
Kenvin Lacayo, Dean of Students, DC Public Schools
Maya Logan, University Senate Speaker Pro Tempore, UNC-Chapel Hill