ExpandED Equity Collaborative

ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

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A word.

Today we are thinking about what a classroom even means in the midst of a pandemic. We are reminded how important trust is right now, especially with the “classroom” now being so many young peoples’ homes.

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“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” ― W.E.B. DuBois

Trust in education goes both ways. Educators cannot just expect young people to take us at our word, we have to practice, consistently, building trust. And if we tell young people they have the power to change society, we have to trust them and be in partnership towards changing our classrooms.

Image Reads: "How can we as educators tell young people that they have the power to change the world if we do not first trust them with the power to change the classroom?"

nytimes.com 05/04/2020

America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

nytimes.com Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. For generations, black Americans have fought to make them true.


Kaila Story The Difference Between an Ally and an Accomplice

Allies take up space. Accomplices take up risk.

racialequitytools.org 04/24/2020

Resource Lists • Racial Equity Tools

“COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Our COVID-19 Resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material:

Analysis includes a range of resources that look at the big picture - how the pandemic may reshape the world, the existing disparities it highlights, and perspectives on the virus' impact on different communities and issue areas

Resources and Tools includes tips and strategies for response, communication and framing, and addressing hate.

Healing and Community Care centers on how to care for ourselves and our people in this time, while continuing to center the needs and perspectives of the most vulnerable

Organizing and Solidarity has resources on actions people are already taking to bring attention to issues that intersect with the virus' impact, including worker and migrant rights, needs of specific communities of color, and more

Resource Building & Rapid Response – Includes lists of different funds currently available, guidance on resource building at this time and how foundations and donors need to be equitably responsive

Virtual Work and Online Engagement focuses on how we can stay connected to each other and to racial equity action while social distancing

List of Lists is a collection of resource lists shared by others that relate to equity, social justice and other areas in the context of the pandemic “ www.racialequitytools.org

racialequitytools.org RET supports people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.


Mid-week mental health check in for educators 👩🏽‍🏫!

How y’all doing? We are here for you and we are in this together. Here are a few resources for mental health and well being support👇🏽✍🏽.

Stay well, stay hydrated and take care of you!

Therapy for Black Girls
So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

The Collective STL
The Collective STL is a vibrant group of Black yoga and wellness instructors, fully committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Black communities in St. Louis.

The Virtual Clinician: Clinical Social Work/Therapist
We specialize in working individuals experiencing challenging education, career, and life transitions. Alongside you as the driver, we explore strategies and tools to help you feel more in control. Free of guilt or shame, we're here to be a non-judgmental ear while offering guidance, support, and a safe space.

open.spotify.com 04/21/2020

The Pursuit of Educational Freedom-with Dr. Bettina Love

You’re going to want to listen to this👇🏽.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to bring Dr. Bettina Love, author of We Want To Do More Than Just Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom to St. Louis through my work with EdHub STL. So of course, we had to pod!

So many gems💎 and bombs💣 dropped during this episode co-hosted with Dr. Terry Harris.

Listen and consider our collective liberatory work in education🎧.

open.spotify.com Listen to this episode from ExpandED Conversations on Spotify. We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom What does this mean and how to we apply this to our work in education? Join in to this conversation to learn more and do better for kids! Dr. B...


What books are getting you through COVID-19 quarantine?

Here are a few of ours 💜🤓📚.

gofundme.com 04/17/2020

Eyeseeme Childrens Bookstore: COVID-19 Help organized by Jeffrey Blair

Support a necessary St. Louis bookstore, Eyeseeme during this most difficult time. Donate below👇🏽.

gofundme.com When Pam & I opened Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore in 20… Jeffrey Blair needs your support for Eyeseeme Childrens Bookstore: COVID-19 Help

nonprofitaf.com 04/16/2020

This is the wake-up call for nonprofits and foundations to get political

A wake-up call for nonprofits and foundations to get political.

“Imagine for a moment that there are people who continually run around setting fires. The fires are burning down people’s houses, killing thousands, destroying crops. People starve to death. Neighbors start rallying to support one another. Some develop fire-resistant building materials. Others create treatments for burns. A few engineer crops that grow fast. Other folks coordinate workshops on how to put out fires. The people who set fires keep doing it, but people get better at mitigating the damages.

After a while, this is just accepted as normal: Some people set fires, others help victims of the fires. White papers are written about how fires disproportionately harm people of color. Conferences are held on burn treatments. The people setting fires, though, get smarter and more coordinated. Instead of setting random fires, they set targeted fires aimed at weak points at a time in the year when the fires would likely spread the fastest. The entire town is now ablaze all the time.

The townsfolks, stretched to their limits, are tired, but resolved. They work together even more effectively. They create masks that prevent smoke inhalation. They make crops that grow even faster. They have even more workshops on fire safety and how to survive during fires. There are countless deaths, but there are also countless lives saved. A spirit of camaraderie develops. Still, the fires keep increasing in number and intensity.

Throughout all this, a few tiny voices keep piping up to say, “We need to stop the people who are setting fires!” But everyone ignores them, countering with “Uh, no, our job is help victims of fires and shine bright lights on the inequity around who gets burned and who does not get enough food after their houses burn down. Stopping the people who set fires is the job for someone else.”

So the fires rage on and worsen as the firestarters get smarter and bolder, knowing that no matter what they do, the townsfolks will only respond to the effects of the fires, not try to stop them from setting fires.

... We must wake up and do everything we can to stop the people burning down everything, or we continue to be complicit in all the pain and suffering they cause.”

nonprofitaf.com [Image description: Silhouette of a person standing, arms outstretched, in front of a building that is engulfed in flames. Pixabay.com] Hi everyone. A quick warning that this post will be serious a…


We have an opportunity to tear down and begin anew. Our current education system was never meant to serve all of us equitably.

How might we mantle an new system that does?

showingupforracialjustice.org 04/15/2020


For such a time as this.

Let’s pay close attention to how white supremacy culture is showing up in our institutional response to COVID-19.

Below is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify.

The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. They are damaging to both people of color and to white people.

Organizations that are people of color-led or a majority people of color can also demonstrate many damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE, From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

showingupforracialjustice.org From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups , by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

urban.org 04/15/2020

COVID-19 Racial Health Disparities Highlight Why We Need to Address Structural Racism

COVID-19 has given us even more clarity about our society’s racial inequities. Now that our eyes are wide open, it is time to take steps to eliminate the structural racism that has produced these stark disparities.

urban.org COVID-19 has given us even more clarity about our society’s racial inequities.


How are you using your voice?

As we enter the second month of the new year, what are the ways that you will let go of the silence that is so pervasive in spaces of inequity?

We are with you. We are commitment to breaking through the silence and using our voice for radical change.

Listen to our previous podcast episodes and stay connected for upcoming anti-racist edchat dinners.

We’ve got work to do.


Paulo Freire reminds us in Education as the Practice of Freedom that “Oppressors never see themselves as violent.”

For the oppressor, it’s not the act of oppression that is labeled violent, but the very people who rebel against their oppression.


🗣New Podcast Alert🗣!!!

Listen in on our powerful conversation that discusses the journey and work of anti-racist organizer Kelly Wickham Hurst👉🏽: https://anchor.fm/sherita-love

After spending 23 years in the public education system as a teacher, literacy coach, guidance dean, and assistant principal, Kelly Wickham Hurst witnessed first-hand how the system helped white students thrive while continuing to marginalize Black students. So, Kelly left the education system and started Being Black at School.

Kelly is best known as the author of the award-winning blog Mocha Momma, where she chronicles her life as a former teen parent, a birth mom, and a single mother who took her then 3-year old daughter to college with her.


Subscribe to the ExpandED Conversations Podcast ahead of our next release👇🏽!


“And there comes a time when one must take a position that neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right” MLK

Today we honor and celebrate the revolutionary, Dr. Martin Luther King.


We didn’t forget to share.

Our podcast is relaunching on 1.2.20 with a first time solo podcast with Sherita Love, host and founder of ExpandED Conversations.

This impactful podcast with Kelly Wickham Hurst will publish on 1.21.20.

Stay tuned. We’ve got you.


ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

Stay tuned for newly released podcasts, workshops and details on our upcoming conference. Contact [email protected] for questions ahead of detailed released information.


Join EdHub STL for its first event of 2020 where both local and national educators will share their work and resource around the theme of "More Than Just Surviving".

Dr. Bettina Love, author and professor will share the keynote message. Food and drinks will be provided and kids ages 5 and up are welcomed to attend. Register at bit.ly/morethanjustsurviving.

RSVP for the event, today!

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Why now?

“It has been over sixty years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision. However, discrimination in American schools in an ongoing plague that demands attention– especially now as our schools are more diverse than ever before. For Black students, bullying, hate propaganda, racism, disproportionate rates of decline, and unequal access to courses and services are a concern to our parents and students. Our Black students feel rejected, excluded and isolated from their school communities. As a result behavior problems and chronic absenteeism are on the rise, and achievement rates are low. It is unacceptable that our students should be subject to any racism in their communities, especially at school.

It is time we demand solutions to these concerns. We must embrace the diversity of our nation, and address the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society. We must fully carryout the holding of Brown v. Board of Education, and ensure equity and justice in the education system for Black students.”

Kelly Wickam-Hurst
Being Black at at School

Upcoming Podcast with ExpandED Conversations


Don’t forget to breath.

Our kids need you to be healthy and whole.


You’re going to want to listen to this.

New podcast dropping soon with Kelly Wickham Hurst, Executive Director of Being Black at School.
The trailblazer herself will lay bare her journey as an unapologetic anti-racist educator.

Episode coming soon👩🏽‍💻⏱📆...


Looking forward to this! We hope you can join us for the conversation.

EdHub STL's Sherita Love will present at STL101 on October 1. Learn how St. Louis is building an inclusive, collaborative, and multi-disciplined community of practice in the field of education. RSVP here: tinyurl.com/STL101EdHub Photo credit: RJ Hartbeck #STLMade the-STL


For the past year, ExpandED Equity Collaborative has worked with Girls in the Know St. Louis examining curriculum and programs to ensure cultural efficacy as well as to apply an equity lens.

Grateful for organizations and leaders like these who are responsive to the communities they serve and consistently reflective about how they show up!


“Education is not memorization. It is the activation of the imagination and a path towards liberation."

—Dr. Christopher Emdin


Today, ExpandED Equity Collaborative, in partnership with Phil Huntsburger of Education Equity Consultants, began our year long work with The St. Michael School of Clayton.

We look forward to journeying together while looking at our personal work and role in ensuring equitable outcomes for ALL students.


And How Are the Children?

Among the many fabled and accomplished tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It’s surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting passed among the Masai warriors;

“Casserian Engeri,” one would always say to each other. And what it meant was, “And how are the children?”

It is still the traditional greeting of the Masai, acknowledging the high value the Masai placed on the children’s well being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer,

“All the children are well.”

This meant, of course, that peace and safety prevail; the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place; that the Masai people had not forgotten their reason for being, their proper function, and their responsibilities.

“All the children are well” means life is good. It means the daily struggles of existence, even among poor people, include the proper care of the young and defenseless.

I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children’s welfare if we took to greeting each other in the same daily question, “And how are the children?”

I wonder, if we heard that greeting passed along to each other a dozen times a day, whether it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of and cared for in this country.

I wonder what it would be like if every adult among us—parent and non- parent alike—felt an equal weight of responsibility for the daily care and protection of all the children in our town, in our state, and in our country.

I wonder whether we could truly say without hesitation,

“The children are well. Yes, all the children are well.”

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