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2018 Equity Leaders Institute

  • IUPUI Campus 875 West North Street Indianapolis, IN, 46202 United States (map)

Equity in Action: Transforming Education Systems through Democratic, Critical, and Contextual Inquiry

Equity Leaders Institutes provide opportunities for education practitioners to engage in two full days of intensive collegial study, discussion, and custom planning related to leadership practices for the advancement of educational equity in local settings.

This year, we will engage you in shared learning experiences related to analyzing policies, practices, structures, and interactions within seven specific domains for systemic transformative change towards equity. At this Institute, you will have the unique opportunity to network with others in similar roles and responsibilities across our 13-state region of coverage.

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Following this two-day intensive learning event, you will be able to:

  1. provide a strong rationale for equity-oriented data examination of learning systems; 
  2. articulate multiple sources and methods for collecting and analyzing data towards transformative change for equity;
  3. identify essential domains/areas to be considered in critical collaborative inquiry to advance educational equity;
  4. implement necessary actions to assess your own context.

Application Guidelines

Because the Institute is designed for intermediate to expert practitioners, there is an application and acceptance process. Space is limited to 50 participants and it is important to us to have representation from across our 13-state region. Therefore, we encourage you to apply early to assist us in ensuring fair and equitable representation across the Midwest and Plains states. Application deadline is July 20, 2018.

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Participant will

  • Advance understanding of policies and practices that have direct implications for systems inequities
  • Highlight the importance of critical collaborative inquiry as an essential process towards transformative systemic change
  • Identify equity-focused strategies for moving away from traditional approaches to critical and contextual approaches to systems analysis

Location and Accommodations

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IUPUI Campus - Hine Hall
875 W North St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Hotel Reservations
Institute participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

Parking on Campus
The Vermont Street Garage and the North Street Parking garage are the closest guest parking garages to the Hine Hall. A limited number of parking validations will be provided to participants who park in IUPUI visitor parking garages on a first come first serve basis.

Institute participants are expected make their own transportation arrangements to the hotel and between the hotel and Institute events. Institute participants may also walk, arrange for a taxi, or drive on their own.

Participants will be responsible only for dinner on their own.

Registration, Fees, and Scholarships

Equity Leaders Institutes require that participants have some orientation to and knowledge of the targeted content. For the 2018 Institute, participants should have a basic understanding of educational equity and are engaged in equity-related work in their local settings.

Individuals interested in attending an Equity Leaders Institute are asked to complete an online application. The application process allows Institute planners to gain a sense of potential participants’ areas of need and interests to inform session content and activities.

Once accepted, applicants will be expected to register for the Fall 2018 Equity Leaders Institute.

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $140.00 (April 1 - July 30, 2018)
  • Standard Registration Fee: $150.00 (July 30 - August 3, 2018)

The 2018 Institute registration fee will cover all sessions, breakfast and lunch on both days, and materials.


Limited, need-based scholarships are available to cover the Institute's registration fee; scholarships will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

To qualify for a scholarship you must demonstrate financial need by describing your financial hardship in a scholarship application. Applications will be reviewed and award decisions made on a rolling basis.

Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center

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The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP EAC) is a project of the Great Lakes Equity Center, an educational research and service center located in Indiana University’s School of Education at IUPUI.  The MAP EAC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Grant S004D11002) under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act to provide technical assistance in educational equity related to student race, national origin, sex, and/or religion at no cost to public educational agencies throughout the center's 13 state region. 

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Later Event: September 28
2018 State Equity Leaders Summit