Ed Trust–West’s Education Equity Forum 2022 will provide the first opportunity since 2019 for educational justice advocates to gather together and learn from each other. This year’s forum will focus on how we move forward together to leverage evidence-based strategies to significantly improve racial and educational equity and justice in our early learning centers, schools, and colleges throughout California. The Forum will feature:

  • engaging speakers doing racial equity and justice work in classrooms, campuses, and communities
  • real-world focused breakout sessions sharing actionable tips and tools for practitioners, administrators, and advocates
  • opportunities to connect and network with fellow equity champions

Education Equity Forum Sept 19 -20th

Reception (Open to all Forum registrants) Monday Sept 19th 5:30pm – 7:30pm PT

Join fellow advocates, practitioners, and education equity community members for refreshments, snacks, and connections!

Forum Sessions Tuesday, Sept 20th 8am – 4pm PT

Ed Trust–West’s Education Equity Forum is the premier gathering of advocates, educators, school and college leaders, student leaders, and policymakers from across California to network and learn about strategies to take home and tackle our education systems’ toughest equity challenges. This year’s Forum will amplify impactful work happening across the state & beyond to improve racial equity in California schools and colleges, especially as we try to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agenda coming soon!


Pushing Past the Performative: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need To Go With Racial Equity in Education

A morning plenary conversation hosted by Dr. Christopher Nellum, featuring: 

Dr. Christopher J. Nellum

Executive Director, The Education Trust-West

Dr. Arun Ramanathan

Chief Executive Officer, Pivot Learning

Russlynn Ali

CEO and Co-Founder, XQ Institute

Denise Forte

Interim CEO, The Education Trust

The Ed Equity Forum will feature dynamic sessions with equity champions, including:

Dr. Pamela Luster

President Emerita of San Diego Mesa College

Dr. Keith Curry

President/CEO of Compton College

Dr. Katiusca Moreno

Senior Partner, Diverse Leaders, NewSchools Venture Fund

Ria Sengupta Bhatt

Director of Public Policy, College Futures Foundation

Vinice Davis

Venture Partner, Imaginable Futures

Miguel Leon

Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Michelson 20 MM Foundation

Erin Gilbert

Program Officer, Human Services, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

Pre-Forum Implementation Institutes

Monday, Sept 19th 1pm – 5pm PT

Join us for one of three Pre-Forum Implementation Institutes on Monday, Sept 19th from 1pm – 5pm! After a number of new investments from state leaders, local school districts and colleges have a lot to consider in terms of moving from policy to on-the-ground implementation in order to recover stronger from the pandemic. Our Pre-Forum sessions will allow practitioners and advocates to dig deeper into an urgent topic and connect in interactive ways to learn and plan for the future. Participants will hear expert presentations on the recent policy change, have time to plan with fellow participants, discuss local dynamics impacting implementation, and identify key opportunities for action. Each participant will leave with an action plan they can take home to their own communities to support equity-minded implementation. Topic for current Pre-Forum Institutes include:

  • Jumpstarting College Access: Expanding Dual Enrollment Pathways for Students of Color in Your Community (co-hosted by Ed Trust–West and Career Ladders Project)
  • Going #Allin4FinancialAid: Increasing FAFSA & CADAA Completion in K-12 School Districts
  • Enhancing Early Learning Equity: Action Planning for Transitional Kindergarten Expansion

Mask/Vaccine Info

  • All attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the Education Equity Forum, and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination prior to attendance.
  • All event attendees are being asked to take a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test the day prior to their arrival at the event and will be asked to upload the negative test results. (If arriving for the Implementation Institute and/or the Reception on Monday 9/19, tests must be uploaded on Sunday, 9/18).
  • All attendees are required to mask during the event (properly covering both your nose and mouth); specifically in the indoors conference event spaces (indicated by signage).
  • Lastly, attendees will be required to take a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test the morning of the Education Equity Forum, Tuesday 9/20, and upload the negative test result to a centralized platform.