Jim Shelton: Today, the largest report ever completed on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the education sector was released. I am particularly optimistic about the finding that these elements are mutually reinforcing — by focusing on and increasing inclusion, equity is also increased, and teams with high levels of inclusion and equity are also more demographically diverse. Importantly, employees of all racial backgrounds reported higher intent to remain with organizations that are more equitable and inclusive.
But we still have work to do. The study also points out that senior leadership still is not racially or ethnically representative of the students in our education system today. Studies like these are an important step towards change. By collecting and analyzing the data, we can better inform our approach towards creating a workplace and a sector that better represents the diversity of the communities we serve.
At the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we are proud to support this study along with NewSchools Venture Fund in partnership with the Raikes Foundation,Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation.