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CORE (Community of Racial Equity) is a grassroots youth-led nonprofit organization founded in 2014 working in central Iowa to create sustainable change in our communities through equity, education, and building leadership. We have chapters at Roosevelt, North, Lincoln, Johnston, Valley, Central Academy, Urbandale, and Dowling.
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What does each school need to function?
Facilitator (1 or 2) : Leads meetings, creates agendas, attends statewide meetings
★ If the facilitator(s) are seniors they must choose someone or hold a vote to decide who will replace them when they graduate
★ Statewide meetings are held monthly via zoom or at a set location, each school must have a representative present even if it is not a facilitator
Adult Sponsor (1 or 2) : Provides a space for students to meet, supervises meetings, assists students when needed (for example; finding funding, connections, or chaperoning events), attends statewide meetings (encouraged but not required)
Weekly or Biweekly Meetings : Each school decides meeting dates/times & creates agendas as they see fit, starting in the 2020-2021 school year statewide leaders choose topics for the schools to focus on throughout the year providing resources.
What does CORE do?
By uniting strong leaders in collaboration, CORE challenges inequities in education, provides a community for BIPoC students and allies to discuss issues within their schools and cities, and creates action steps to make long-lasting change.
These actions include creating spaces for community conversations by holding seminars & workshops, attending and presenting at conferences, serving on the State Board of Education, leading Professional Development for teachers, and working with other organizations, activists, policymakers, lawyers, community members and educators, both on the local and national level.
Accomplishments from the Past Two Years:
- White Privilege Conference (Attends & Presents annually)
- WHITE PRIVILEGE SYMPOSIUM | tpi-site (Attends & Presents)
- Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium (Attends, Presents, & Helps Organize annually)
- 2018 DMPS Climate & Culture Summit (Presented)
- 2020 MSMH Conference (Presented)
- 2018 CORE Speaker Series (Created & Presented)
- 2018 UNI Fredrick Douglass Human Rights Festival (Presented)
- 2020 Youth Speak Week Town Halls (Created & Presented)
See Below for 2020-2021 School Year Meeting Notes