Equitable, Responsive Education for All

Equitable, Responsive Education for All



The Great Lakes Equity Center was established by Dr. Kathleen King Thorius and colleagues in 2011 at the Indiana University School of Education, as an Equity Assistance Center (formerly Desegregation Assistance) funded by the United States Department of Education. As of 2016, the Great Lakes Equity Center re-structured as an organizational hub for an array of research, technical assistance, and educational resource development projects, including the Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center. Collectively, we are committed to school and system transformation toward racial, disability, and other forms of educational justice: the MAP Center provides three-tiers of technical assistance related to race, sex, national origin, and religion desegregation to K-12 public education agencies in a 13-state region free-of-charge; the Great Lakes Equity Center continues to partner with community, non-profit, and private organizations across the U.S. on equity-driven systemic transformation, professional learning, and collaborative inquiry projects.

Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center

  • The 20-Minute Talk: Episode 6--Hope, Healing, and Harmony for Antiracism
    This episode will focus how one’s positionality may define what is hope, healing, and harmony for antiracism. Also, the tension of unity vs. self-... read more
  • Advice for Educational Counselors, Advisors, Faculty, and Staff: Paving the Pathways to Post-Secondary Education: Removing Barri
    The purpose of this Equity Tool is to guide education stakeholders with roles in various parts of high school students’... read more
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    During this Equity Connect! session, our guest state education agency, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI), will discuss... read more
  • Whiteness: An Unexplored Barrier to Your School’s Equity Goals
    Whiteness –defined as structural arrangements and ideologies of race dominance – is a significant barrier to achieving educational equity in schools... read more

Join the Learning Network Cohort (LNC)!

Are you interested in joining the Learning Network Cohort (LNC)? Click HERE to register and receive the event registration password.

The Learning Network Cohort is an intentional learning community that provides shared learning and networking opportunities for cohort members related to a common topic of interest or shared goals of creating safe, inclusive, and caring school environments that lean on culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy. The Center offers opportunities for cohort members to participate in shared online professional learning and networking experiences that include synchronous and asynchronous online professional learning experiences,  shared resources/tools, and technical assistance.   

Read more on the benefits and review 2021-2022 schedule HERE.