Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Office is led by Betsy Ayankoya, FPG's equity, diversity, and inclusion officer. This office was established to help achieve goals identified in our strategic plan for 2019-2022. Current initiatives include convening an HBCU Collaboratory with colleagues from North Carolina's historically Black colleges and universities; sponsoring a summer internship program, the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy; and hosting an FPG Learning Community on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

FPG has had a longstanding commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as exemplified by our award-winning Race, Culture, and Ethnicity Committee. Prior to the creation of the EDI Office, the RACE Committee elevated awareness, promoted dialogue, and facilitated a positive work climate, while fostering the development of culturally attuned and culturally relevant work. The committee held workshops on the impact of implicit bias on decision-making, recognizing the need for cultural competence, anti-harassment bystander training, and more. The committee initiated a professional development program that provides funding for FPG staff to attend trainings with a priority on cultural humility, racial equity, and diversity awareness. The committee also conducted a public awareness campaign about racial equity that incorporated the resources shared below.

Racial Equity Matters: Resources and Information

What Racism Looks Like: An Infographic
This infographic describes four levels of racism and uses a narrative to show how they can have a wide variety of impacts on children.

Racial Microaggressions Perpetuate Inequity: An Infographic
This infographic explores commonplace daily statements, actions, or incidents, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights.

Racial Inequities in Preschool Discipline: An Infographic
Black students, especially boys, are disproportionately more likely than their White peers to face multiple suspensions from preschool.

Racial (In)Equity: An Infographic
This infographic is the first in the committee's series on racial inequity and what we can do about it.

A Brief Primer on Racial Equity
"We are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation...”

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