The Indiana Educational Equity Coalition, comprised of several leading Indiana advocacy, civil and civil rights organizations committed to racial and social justice for all Hoosiers, presents a one-day conference aimed at addressing diversity issues in public education in the state of Indiana. Topics include educational equity, immigration, parent-teacher collaboration, LGBTQI+ and more.

WHEN: OCTOBER 14, 2023



All Times E.T.

9 - 9:40 a.m. - Registration 

9:40 - 10 a.m. - Opening Talk

10:10 - 11 a.m. - Breakout Sessions*

11:10 a.m. - Noon - Breakout Sessions* 

12:10 - 1 p.m. - Lunch 

1:10 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Sessions*

2:10 - 3 p.m. - Group Session 

3 - 4 p.m. - Session Coordinators Report Out & Closing Talk 

The asterisk denotes that you are able to choose your own session. Breakout session titles and descriptions are below. Review session panelists and moderators.

Breakout Sessions

10:10 a.m.

Empowering Tomorrow: Educational Equity in Indiana

This session will explore innovative strategies, policy initiatives and community-driven solutions to address systemic disparities in Indiana's educational landscape. Learn from the experiences and insights of our esteemed panelists as they share their wisdom and offer actionable steps to create a more equitable and inclusive educational system.

11:10 a.m.

School Discipline: Challenges and Opportunities

The negative consequences of overusing exclusionary discipline and their disproportionate racial effects are well-known. Bi-partisan reform efforts in the General Assembly led to important improvements here. This session will be a panel of educators, students and researchers on prospects and challenges in discipline in Indiana.

1:10 p.m.

Engaging Religious Leaders in the Fight for Educational Equity

In this workshop, religious leaders come together to forge alliances and work towards social and racial justice in public education. We will delve deep into the historical tapestry of coalitions, where faith leaders have been steadfast partners in promoting educational equity. This workshop aims to foster a collaborative environment where participants can learn effective strategies to engage religious leaders in coalitions, utilizing their influence and networks to champion the cause of educational equality. Join this transformative conversation to build a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape in Indiana.

10:10 a.m.

How to Show Up for LGBTQ+ Communities and Individuals

A panel of local LGBTQ+ activists and professionals will discuss the implications of policy, legislation and hate-fueled rhetoric that impacts the community. We will engage with session participants to co-create solutions that can aid in promoting the safety and overall well-being of LGBTQ+ communities and individuals.

11:10 a.m.

The Fight for Equitable Education as an Undocumented Student

Since 2011, anti-immigration legislation in Indiana has denied undocumented students an equitable education, barring them from receiving in state tuition and access to obtain a professional license to practice their profession. In today’s session we will hear the experiences of undocumented students in various stages of their educational career. We will also learn about the continued grassroots efforts that are challenging the anti-immigration rhetoric in Indiana.

1:10 p.m.

How to Lobby the Indiana Legislature

Our expert-led session will guide you in constructing a multi-step approach that emphasizes building robust relationships with elected officials, nurturing community connections and ensuring that your message reverberates powerfully in the legislative halls. We aim to empower you with the finesse to influence policy, by creating a strong network of support and collaboration in the quest for educational equity. Join us to transform your advocacy journey, crafting a cohesive and compelling voice in the educational equity discourse in Indiana.



Jitu Brown is the national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, a network of grassroots organizations in over 30 U.S. cities organizing for community-driven school improvement, and was formerly the education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO). Jitu started volunteering with KOCO in 1991, became a board member in 1993 and for several years served as the organization’s board president; he joined the staff as education organizer in 2006. He has organized in the Kenwood Oakland neighborhood for over 22 years, bringing community voices to the table on school issues. He helped develop the Mid-South Education Association, a grassroots advocacy group made up of administrators, parents, teachers, young people and local school council members to meet the needs of schools in the area. In 2015, Jitu was an organizer and participant in the historic Dyett High School Hunger Strike in Chicago, which lasted for 34 grueling days and resulted in the re-opening of Dyett as an open-enrollment, neighborhood school with over $16 million in new investments. For 10 years, Jitu taught African American History at St. Leonard’s Adult High School, the only accredited high school in the U.S. that exclusively serves formerly incarcerated people. Jitu has taken youth leaders from KOCO to the United Nations, to the Passamaquoddy Native American reservation in Maine and to the U.N. Conference on Racism in South Africa. He has been published in the national education magazine Rethinking Schools, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and has appeared in Ebony Magazine and on talk shows including MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” and “The Ed Show,” Al Jazeera America, WBEZ’s “Community Voices,” “Democracy Now” and CLTV’s “Gerard McClendon Live.” Jitu is a Public Voices Fellow for the Ford Foundation’s OpEd Project.