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

  • Advancing Inclusive Education Using Equity by Design for Students of Color with Learning Disabilities
    This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable pushes participants to commit to inclusive education beyond thinking about access to general education,... read more
  • Podcast
    During this Equity Spotlight podcast, Dr. Crystal Morton and Dr. Daniella Cook discuss the role of community engagement and organizing in urban... read more
  • Magnet Schools in the 21st Century: Viable Integration Strategies or Sites of Segregation?
    This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable provides a clear understanding of magnet school admission policies; discusses the pros/cons of magnet school... read more
  • Rehumanizing Mathematics: Why it is Needed and What it Means in the K-12 Context
    This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable provides an understanding/definition of rehumanizing mathematics and why “rehumanizing” is a more... read more
  • Girls STEM Institute: Transforming Lives Through a Holistic Approach
    This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable provides an overview of the IUPUI Girls STEM Institute and gives an evaluation of the... read more
  • Transformative District Change Requires an Equity-Focused School Board
    In this Equity Digest, we discuss the power of local school boards to impact students’ education experiences, the benefits of an equity-centered... read more

Dear MAP Center Partner,

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues​ to impact our world, communities, and families, the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center remains focused on supporting states, districts, schools, and community partners in collective work to ensure students' civil rights and equitable access to inclusive, affirming, and safe educational experiences. 

Although schools, workplaces, universities are closing and transitioning to alternative online options, and our office has closed for the near future, our work continues virtually as we continue to meet with partners, share resources, and add exciting and relevant new content to our website, e-forums, and social media platforms. 

If you are not a subscriber already, please consider subscribing to center publications to receive information about new MAP Center online resources and virtual learning opportunities. Also, please visit the COVID-19 Pandemic Resources & Support page. 

Thank you for your dedication to ensuring all students have equitable access to quality learning experiences during this challenging time. 


MAP Center Team