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

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  • Guidance on Reopening Schools: Equity Considerations During COVID-19
    This Equity by Design brief highlights equity issues that arise in the process of reopening schools during a global pandemic. The authors... read more
  • The 20-Minute Talk: Episode 2--Antiracism in the Age of COVID-19
    This episode of our Anti-Racist Vodcast, The 20-Minute Talk, features guest speakers Perry Wilkinson, M.Ed., Education Equity & Systems Data... read more
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    Re-committing to equity work means that equity-oriented educators must reflect on the impact of historical and systemic inequities on minoritized... read more
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      Pose is an FX series about the transgender community of color in 1980s New York City. In Episode 3 of That's All Folx, Katy,... read more
  • What Racial Opportunity Costs (ROC) Means for Black Lives in Schools
    Expanding on the Racial Opportunity Cost framework, as presented in a previous Equity Spotlight Podcast, Dr. Venzant Chambers invited a... read more

Celebrating 100 Systemic Equity Partnerships!

We are proud to announce a major milestone for the Region III MAP Center and former Region V Center—we have just reached a total of 100 systemic equity partnerships! We owe this achievement to our regional partners throughout the Midwest and Plains. Because of our partners’ initiative, drive, and intensive work with us, we have reached this incredible milestone for the first time in our history as an Equity Assistance Center.


To commemorate this achievement, we are celebrating! For the next 100 days, we will be posting our partners’ favorite MAP Center resources, along with a notable equity quote, on our social media platforms. Start your day off right with some inspiration from the MAP Center.


We appreciate each and every one of our partners, and we are so proud of this milestone. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our systemic equity partners over the next 100 days!



MAP Center Executive Team


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