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 1: Introduction
    Episode One of The 20-Minute Talk is an introductory discussion of the need for an Anti-Racism Vodcast Series and the MAP Center's anti-racist stance... read more
  • (Re)Imagining School Policy & Practice: Virtual Schooling
    This Equity Digest is a call to action for school community stakeholders to: advocate for district adaptation of policies and practices to... read more
  • From Surviving to Thriving through Racial Justice: A Mother & Daughter Conversation in Five Vignettes—I. Early Education
    This Equity Spotlight Vodcast was inspired by the important, yet under-recognized work, many youth are actively engaged in to create better... read more
  • Shifting from Surveillance and Control in Virtual Learning Environments: Utilizing Principles of Universal Design for Learning &
    In this edition of Equity Dispatch, we discuss equity implications around disciplinary policies in virtual learning contexts. We offer practical... read more
  • The Effects of Homophobia and Transphobia on the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Students
    This Equity by Design Research Brief illustrates the relationship between mental health and LGBTQ+ identities, paying particular attention... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: An Intersectional Approach to Building Inclusive Schools
    In this EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable, participants discussed how an intersectional approach to inclusive education can be implemented, and... read more
  • Collateral Consequences: Hindering the Engagement of Black Fathers in K-12 Educational Settings
    The purpose of this Equity Spotlight Podcast is to counter the pervasive stereotypes about Black fathers, specifically as it relates to... read more
  • Inequities in Online Classrooms: How Do We Bridge the Distance (Learning)?
    This edition of Equity Digest is a call to action for school community stakeholders to work alongside minoritized students and families (... read more
  • 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
  • Virtual Realities: Equity Considerations for Online & Distance Learning
    In this edition of Equity Dispatch, we discuss the equity implications of the impact of online/distance learning, in the wake of the COVID-19... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Critical Conversation into Action--Fostering Students' Mathematical Identities
    In this EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable, participants: 1) learned/revisited/discussed productive mathematical beliefs about students’ learning; 2)... 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