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Where We’re Going: Constructing an Equitable Future

Where We’re Going: Constructing an Equitable Future

“We’re working for a world that is different from the world that we have.”

In this plenary from the 2013 Learning Institute, MDC President David Dodson and Placida Gallegos, doctoral faculty at Fielding Graduate University, explain the difference between equity and equality and why the distinction matters when we’re working for postsecondary success for all students. Equality is treating every student the same; equity means treating every student in a way that is appropriate to his or her situation. Practicing equity means that institutions and individuals acknowledge an uneven playing field and respond accordingly—so that the opportunities for success can be widely shared, regardless of whom the person is or what the person’s circumstances are. Watch the video for more discussion and examples of how to practice equity.


Plenary: Constructing an Equitable Future from MDC on Vimeo.

This is the ninth installment in a series called “Where We’re Going: Places on the Road to the North Star,” which explores lessons from the past three years of the Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS) initiative and looks ahead, toward the North Star goals the partner cities are aiming to achieve. This video was recorded at the PPS April 2013 Learning Institute. PPS, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by MDC, is an effort by partnerships in Amarillo, TX; Brownsville, TX; Raleigh, NC; and affiliate site Charlotte, NC, to increase the number of low-income young adults getting postsecondary credentials that lead to living-wage jobs.