An $8.25 million federal grant will support an educational outreach center at IUPUI serving Indiana and 12 other states. The Equity Assistance Center within the Indiana University School of Education is one of four of its kind funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
It focuses on fair educational opportunities for all students and also serves Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
IUPUI describes the training and technical assistance mission of the center:
- Disseminate information on successful education practices and legal requirements related to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin and religion in educational programs.
- Provide training designed to develop educators’ skills in specific areas such as identification of race and sex bias in instructional materials.
- Offer technical assistance in the identification and selection of appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of limited-English proficient students.
- Disseminate information regarding effective methods of coping with special educational problems occasioned by desegregation.
- Instruct school officials on how to prevent sexual harassment.
- The centers also provide resources and training to combat issues such as hate crimes, implicit bias, racial prejudice and bullying.
The center at IUPUI will operate under the existing Great Lakes Equity Center, which was established five years ago. Kathleen King Thorius will be executive director and Seena Skelton will be director of operations.
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