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

  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Connecting Across Differences: Tools and Approaches for Important Conversations
    We are in the midst of a context and period of time unlike any other in our lifetimes. We're living with a global pandemic that challenges every... read more
  • Teaching and Learning as Cultural Endeavors
    In this Equity by Design brief, we bring a cultural lens to focus on the pernicious and persistent educational inequities in academic achievement... read more
  • Social Justice Education in the Midst of Pandemics and Crises: Part One
    In this Equity Spotlight Podcast, Equity Fellow Dr. David Hernández-Saca, along with his colleagues, will critically engage in an... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Universal Design for Learning, and the Woope Sakowin (Seven Laws): Integrating Lakota Values into
    The Woope Sakowin (Seven Laws) are universal virtues of the Lakota people that are a foundation of Lakota culture. They align with the asset-based... read more
  • In this webinar concepts related to identity, positionality, and intersectionality are defined and unpacked. Extending these constructs, the... 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 to the... read more
  • Caring & Affirming Educational Environments
    In this Equity Digest, we explore the components of caring and affirming educational communities for historically marginalized students and families... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Coffeehouse – Fortifying Ourselves: Toward Anti-Oppressive Practices for Early Career Teachers
    In this dynamic and interactive Virtual Coffeehouse, Fortifying Ourselves: Toward Anti-Oppressive Practices for Early Career Teachers, educators... read more

Register Today! Newly Launched E-Course!

Open to educators and education stakeholders in the center’s thirteen-state region at no cost, this asynchronous, online course consist of 4 content rich, multi-media, interactive modules that participants can engage in at their own pace and in the comfort of their own setting.

Through these modules, participants enhance their own understanding of the importance of educational equity as foundational for safe and inclusive school cultures and climate, free from bullying and harassment.

Participants receive a certificate of completion for 5 professional development hours from the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center at Indiana University School of Education -Indianapolis for successfully completing all 4 modules. Enrollment for cohort one is now open! To enroll in the course click HERE or copy and paste the URL in your browser https://bit.ly/3nm9l6O.

Please direct your questions about the course to glec@iupui.edu