A Resource for Discussing Equity & Race in the Walla Walla Valley
TABLE OF CONTENTS -- Click to Jump
- Understanding Equity & Equality
- The Statistics: Why are we talking about this? COMING SOON
- Listening to Other Voices COMING SOON
- Other Key Terms & Concepts-- linked with video clips COMING SOON
- Reading Resources
- Films & Documentaries to Consider COMING SOON
- Contact or Join our Local WWVEA Equity Team COMING SOON
Understanding Equity & Equality
Understanding the difference between these two terms is central to our work together
Racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's race no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares.
The concept is similar for other types of equity, too:
- Sexual orientation
- Immigration status
- Individual experiences
- Socio-economic status.
Equality means everyone is treated the same, whereas equity is everyone getting what they need to succeed.. Equality sounds good but often doesn't work to achieve the desired outcomes.
Thus, we use equitable strategies to equalize -- as much as possible -- the opportunities for everyone to be successful. We do that by identifying -- and then removing -- barriers.
- Equity Example 1: Offer low-income students free meals so that each student has an equal opportunity to learn on a full stomach.
- Equity Example 2: Implement targeted strategies to help qualified students of color -- who are statistically less likely to sign up for AP stem classes -- believe that AP courses could be an option for them.
- Equity Example 3: Intentionally expose students to female role models who are experts in math and science fields to help break gender stereotypes about those subjects.
Why "equality" DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK
The Statistics: Why are we still talking about this?
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