#WhatsNextCA in Sacramento
In January, the Ed Trust–West team hosted a #WhatsNextCA reception in Sacramento, bringing together over 100 guests, including returning and newly inaugurated state legislators. We were excited to be joined by Assemblymembers Eloise Reyes, Wendy Carrillo, Todd Gloria and Senator Steven Bradford, among many other legislators, legislative staffers, community partners, and other advocates. Members from the California Department of Education, the Chancellor’s Office, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the California Community College Board of Governors and the State Board of Education also joined us for a night of networking, movement building and a call to action to advance educational equity statewide.
California State Board Member Dr. Feliza Ortiz-Licon, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and Ed Trust national president and CEO Dr. John B. King Jr. joined us for the conversation part of the evening, discussing what’s next for educational equity and justice in our state.
ETW Open House
In March, we welcomed over 100 community members, partners, and other advocates to help us warm up our new office space in Oakland’s Jack London Square. While a youth-led performance from the Oakland EastSide All-Star Jazz Ensemble filled the room, conversations buzzed from new and old connections, revealing collective enthusiasm around educational equity and justice. Our guests reflected on their wishes for the future of education in 2019 and beyond, and we heard inspiring words from our keynote speakers, including Executive Director Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, who reminded us that coming together is “a good time to reflect on the work we have ahead but also to recognize that the power of people coming together and fighting for equity together is what has moved the needle in the past, and it will be what moves the needle in the future.”