PRESENTATION: Data Equity Walks

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In an effort to help build the capacity of civil rights groups, education advocates, parents, student leaders and community leaders to understand achievement and opportunity gap data, we’ve launched the Data Equity Walk program. The program is designed for users to dig deeper into data disparities that exist for students of color, low-income children, and foster youth. Through interactive activities and dialogue participants also use this time to discuss what the data means for their respective communities and how advocates can deepen their partnerships to further their impact. To date over 1300 advocates around the state have participated in this unique experience.

Check out photos from past Data Equity Walks below!

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.