This year has affirmed the vast inequities that have been flying under the radar for too long. COVID-19 exposed racial disparities in the U.S. health and education systems. Another more troubling virus, systemic racism, pushes black and brown boys from schools into prisons and leaves communities of color living with preventable diseases. In the last few months, we learned of the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and then George Floyd. We are deeply saddened and frustrated. We believe Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with Black communities. 
Over the last two weeks, we have been processing the events that have unfolded across the country. This has led to vulnerable conversations about colorism and racism within Latinx communities. There is much to undo in how we were raised and the social constructs imposed upon us. In order to combat racism, we must acknowledge our own biases and actions that deny access and opportunity for Black communities. We also continue to read, listen and learn from Black racial justice advocates. As researchers, we play a role in shining a light on racial inequities and calling attention to root causes of disparities. 
We must unite and tackle racial inequities collectively. As an organization, EduDream has been intentionally moving toward racial equity work; developing an equity toolkit, alongside equity advocates and consultants, to help education leaders and communities address institutional racism. These difficult and historic times call for bold action that leads to more inclusive practices and equitable policies that dismantle structural racism.
At EduDream, we believe every child has the capacity to grow intellectually and creatively to reach their fullest learning potential-irrespective of ethnicity, race, gender or socioeconomic status. Our organization exists not to dance around the intersection of race/ethnicity, class, gender and educational inequities, but to illuminate inequities and press for action. We commit to continuing our work towards systemic change and hope you will reach out to EduDream as your ally and partner in this work.  

Michelle Oliva                                                         
Monica Martinez

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EduDream is a Latina owned education research and consulting firm that partners with foundations, education agencies and nonprofits working to ensure educational equity for racially and economically diverse students. We advance our mission by engaging in research, evaluation and strategic planning that helps education leaders and partners uncover systemic issues, explain program impact, and leverage evidence to drive strategy and decision-making.

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