Public Education Learning Series: Creating Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive K-12 Public Schools

Thursday, September 13, 2018
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
WRAG's Office
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 740
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Eligible to attend: All WRAG Members and non-member education funders.
Registration: WRAG Members, please register online (free). Non-member funders ($50/person), please email Rebekah Seder, seder(at)

Decades of racist policies and practices have created racially and economically segregated public schools, across the country, as well as here in the Greater Washington region. Undoing this legacy of segregation so that all young people can attend diverse schools, where they are welcomed and receive high quality and culturally responsive educations, is complex. The good news is that there are pathways for philanthropy to act.  

Join us to learn about the practice of school integration in the 21st century. We will explore the research on school segregation and the benefits of integration, trends in the DC region, and promising practices and models from around the country. And, we will get an overview of strategies and roles for funders interested in advancing equitable and inclusive school diversity. 


  • Dr. Susan Eaton, Director, Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Brandeis University 
  • Kimberly Quick, Senior Policy Associate, The Century Foundation 

Related reading: Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive K-12 Schools: A New Call for Philanthropic Support

WRAG's 2018 Public Education Learning Series is generously sponsored by


Dr. Susan Eaton is Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School. At the Sillerman Center, Susan and her colleagues engage funders and their advisors, socially concerned scholars and non-profit practitioners to increase and enhance grantmaking to social justice causes. Susan is also Professor of the Practice at the Heller School and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Susan is an author of Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees and America at Its Best (The New Press, 2016), about efforts that welcome and incorporate immigrants into their new communities. She also is the author of The Children In Room E4: American Education on Trial (Algonquin, 2007), which chronicles a landmark civil rights case and life in a classroom and neighborhood in Hartford, and The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line (Yale, 2001), a qualitative interview study of the adult lives of African Americans who had participated in a voluntary school desegregation effort in suburban Boston. She is co-author, with Gary Orfield, of Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education (New Press, 1996).

Prior to her appointment at Heller in 2015, Susan was research director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Susan also founded and co-directed the storytelling project One Nation Indivisible, which amplifies the voices and work of people creating and sustaining racially, culturally and linguistically integrated schools and other social institutions. She has also been a frequent advisor, consultant and writer for national and regional foundations in the United States. Her writing has appeared in numerous scholarly and popular publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, the Nation, Education Week, Education Next, Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Race Poverty & The Environment and many others. Susan holds a doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Kimberly Quick is a Senior Policy Associate at The Century Foundation working on education policy in the foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. At TCF, Kimberly writes and conducts research on student assignment processes and school desegregation, as well as broader educational equity issues including tracking and within-school segregation, school disciplinary disparities, and voucher use and civil rights violations. She, along with her colleagues at TCF, also work to connect and provide research to school districts and charter networks who currently have or are interested in implementing diversity initiatives. Prior to joining TCF, Quick worked as a fellow in the Office of the Provost at Wake Forest, where she helped to develop the university’s communications, programming, and policy related to diversity and inclusion and student experiences. Kimberly also serves on the board of Learn Together, Live Together, a coalition of education stakeholders passionate about promoting racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in schools. Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Affairs and minors in English and American Ethnic Studies.