• Testimonials
  • "In my role as Superintendent, I attend many conferences and training sessions. Many are good. Few are life-changing. The Equity Project training was one of the few. You challenged my assumptions and caused me to examine what I truly believe about educating all children. You provided me with knowledge and gave me skills in developing leaders and teams who can change the conversation and transform instruction in our schools. Thank you for a creative, visionary approach."

    Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent
    Marin County Office of Education, California

    "The Leading for Equity Institute has provided me a renewed sense of purpose in and for my work. It has given me some great tools to help advance the work of racial equity as an individual in my community, and organization. I really appreciate and enjoyed the structure and balance in both facilitation and activities."

    Carla Little, Program Specialist
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Leading for Equity Institute

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Upcoming Offerings

The Leading For Equity™ Institute is our signature service, offered as both an annual residential experience and to our partners as part of a greater engagement. We work with leaders (both formal and informal) to develop their capacity to foster positive change on behalf of historically under-served students and families.

Leading for Equity is an experiential institute providing ample opportunities for sharing, reflection, and planning to inform your current work. We develop individual and collective leadership at every level of schools, districts, foundations or nonprofit organizations. Teams deepen their commitment, relationships, and efficacy while developing strategies toward equity goals.  Teams receive expert, caring guidance and facilitation to work together to address the personal and technical challenges they face in their educational equity efforts.

We offer two versions of the Leading for Equity Institute – residential and non-residential.

Our Residential LFEs are four-day, three-night institutes held at beautiful retreat centers surrounded by nature. They provide the space and extended time together for deep conversations and meaningful relationship-building and strengthening. This longer version of the institute includes additional content and expanded opportunities for both individual and team reflection, dialogue and planning.

Our Non-residential LFEs are two-day institutes held at comfortable and conveniently-located meeting spaces. This version of the institute also provides plenty of space for sharing, reflecting and relationship-building among teams in a more compact two-day schedule.

Both residential and non-residential LFE institute offerings are designed for teams. As such, you must register with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight people per team. If your team has more than eight people, we encourage you to split your team to attend different LFE institute dates. If you would like to discuss bringing a team of more than eight people, please contact us at events@nationalequityproject.org, as we can occasionally accommodate larger teams, particularly at non-residential institutes. All participants will be in shared rooms with two or three beds.

For residential institutes, lodging is included in the fee. All participants will be in shared rooms with separate beds. Participants will either be with members of their own team or with one other participant from a different team. We assign housing based on gender pronouns shared at the time of registration.

Learn & Examine

  • The effects of racism and other bias on education policies and practices
  • Individual and organizational dynamics that impede the success of change efforts
  • How to improve collaborative relationships and build teams and alliances in diverse settings
  • Concrete skills for leading change in challenging contexts toward your current equity goals
  • The importance of emotional intelligence and trust in leading equity efforts
  • Research, tools, and other resources for equity-focused leadership and team development.

Who Should Attend

  • School and district teams working on equity or “achievement gap” initiatives
  • Teams from philanthropic foundations working to improve racial equity
  • Regional equity initiatives involving cross-sector partnerships


Over 1,600 educators and community leaders have participated in Leading for Equity since 2002.  Over 90% of Leading for Equity participants agree that they are better able to:

  • Work more effectively with colleagues from different racial or cultural backgrounds
  • Raise and discuss issues of equity with their colleagues
  • Make personal and organizational changes to address social and racial inequities


Leading for Equity“I am full of gratitude to you all in your facilitation of this event. I know I say it over and over, but without your organization and the work you’ve shared with me for the past 10 years I’d not be here today. I am left with a feeling of hope for this work, I leave feeling refueled, and for this I am profoundly grateful. Thank you for leading me on this journey.” – Jennifer Garcia, Principal, Aspire Centennial College Prep

“I feel that the Leading for Equity Institute really helped me build positive relationships with my colleagues.  If I was to take back nothing else but that, I would be satisfied.  However, I also learned a lot about being honest with myself and open to others and that is extremely valuable to me.” -Danielle Diego, Teacher, San Pedro Elementary

“The LFE Institute has provided me a renewed sense of purpose in and for my work.  It has given me some great tools to help advance the work of racial equity as an individual in my community, and organization.  I really appreciate and enjoyed the structure and balance in both facilitation and activities.” – Carla Little, Program Specialist, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Resources & Readings

Important Lodging Information

Participants will be lodged in shared double rooms with separate beds with another member of their team or, occasionally, a member of a different team. We prepare rooming lists based on pronouns shared at the time of registration. If you have any concerns about lodging, please email events@nationalequityproject.org. Special accommodations are subject to availability and are first come, first served. We do our best to accommodate special requests, but may not be able to meet every request. We thank you for your understanding!


Our institutes have very limited capacity to ensure a great experience for participants. They often sell out well in advance. Don’t delay securing your registration! The quickest and easiest way to pay your registration fee and secure your spot is by credit card on Eventbrite.

Online by credit card: The best way to register for one of our events is online by credit card. Click your chosen date below to register online and reserve your spot today!

If you need to pay by check or purchase order, download and complete an institute registration form and send with check made payable to: National Equity Project, 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

If you need an invoice generated in order to process payment, download and complete an institute registration form and email to events@nationalequityproject.org and we’ll return an invoice to you.

Please note, your registration is not complete and your seat is not reserved until NEP receives full payment.

For questions about registration please contact events@nationalequityproject.org

Cancellations and Registration Transfers

For this institute, we offer a refund for registrants who cancel at least 3 weeks prior to the event start date. In the event that you register and do not attend, you are still responsible for full payment. You can request a refund directly from Eventbrite or by emailing events@nationalequityproject.org.

We allow registration to be transferred to a different attendee up to 3 weeks prior to the event. To request a registration transfer, email events@nationalequityproject.org.