Tools and resources to facilitate action and the implementation of policies that advance racial equity within institutional, local and state contexts.

Videos of Past CECR Events

Catch up on the CECR events you may have missed, here.

MLK Speech – Penn State University

Two months after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent campaign against racial inequality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed more than 8,000 spectators at Penn State University. Dr. King’s speech took place just six months after Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Reflecting on King's Legacy - Penn State News

Penn Staters were brought to tears as they listened to King 50 years ago
January 14, 2015
Penn State University YouTube Channel

Read the speech here.

Download the speech (PDF) here.

Publications by CECR Affiliates

Segregation at an Early Age

Erica Frankenberg 

Published October 2016, this report shared findings about the extent to which preschool students are in racially diverse educational settings. Paying closer attention to preschool diversity could help to lay the foundation for students from all backgrounds to play and learn together across racial and economic lines, yet a new study released today reveals that many children in school-based preschool programs do not have the opportunity for such cross-racial learning experiences.

Download the report here.

Brown At 62: School Segregation by Race, Poverty and State

Gary Orfield, Jongyeon Ee, Erica Frankenberg, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

Published as the 62nd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision arrived again without any major initiatives to mitigate spreading and deepening segregation in our nation’s schools, this Civil Rights Project research brief draws from a much broader study of school segregation to be published in September 2016. The authors show the obvious importance of confronting these issues given the strong relationship between racial and economic segregation and inferior educational opportunities clearly demonstrated in research over many decades.

Download the brief from the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.

School Integration Matters

Edited by Erica Frankenberg, Liliana M. Garces and Megan Hopkins

Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead

Edited by Uma Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces with Frank Fernandez

Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make it Fair

Gary Orfield, Erica Frankenberg

The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education

Edited by Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield

Integrating Schools in a Changing Society

Edited by Erica Frankenberg and Elizabeth DeBray

Voluntary Integration in U.S. School Districts, 2000–2015

Erica Frankenberg, Jeremy Anderson, and Kendra Taylor

Published by CECR, this brief highlights preliminary findings of an ongoing exploration of what methods of voluntary integration are used by U.S. school discricts, to what extent, and where. The authors also measure the levels of racial and free and reduced lunch segregation within these discrtics, in order to understand the patterns of segregation over time where voluntary integration is occurring. 

Voluntary Integration Policies in U.S. School Districts

Jeremy Anderson, Kendra Taylor, and Erica Frankenberg

In this review, U.S. school discricts engaged in using student assignment policies to voluntarily integrate schools, are surveyed to provide examples of voluntary integration policies, to illustrate the variety of ways school districts define diversity, and to analyze the relationship between policy and school and residential integration.  

Lousiville, KY: Jefferson County Public Schools Geography-Based Integration Plan

Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme and Dr. Erica Frankenberg

School Integration

Engaging the Race Question

Alicia Dowd and Estela Bensimon

Despite the Best of Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities)

Amanda Lewis and John Diamond

Voluntary K-12 Integration: A Manual for Parents, Educators, and Advocates

Joint publication by NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. and The Civil Rights Project/ Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

Choices Worth Making: Creating, Sustaining and Expanding Diverse Magnet Schools

Jennifer Ayscue, Rachel Levy, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, and Brian Woodward

Social Science Findings About School Integration

The Civil Rights Project | Fact Sheet

School Zoning and Diversity: A Primer

The Civil Rights Project

Dallas ISD: SES Diversity Through Specialty ("Transformation") Schools

Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme, University of Texas at Austin

Closing the Diverstiy Gap: New Research Sheds Light On How to Inspire, Recruit, and Retain Teachers of Color

Teaching Tolerance

School Climate

Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and To—Students Every Day

Mica Pollock

Mica Pollock, editor of Everyday Antiracism—the progressive teacher’s must-have resource—now turns to what it takes for those working in schools to match their speech to their values, giving all students an equal opportunity to thrive. By juxtaposing common scenarios with useful exercises, concrete actions, and resources, Schooltalk describes how the devil is in the oft-dismissed details: the tossed-off remark to a student or parent about the community in which she lives; the way groups—based on race, ability, and income—are discussed in faculty meetings about test scores and data; the assumptions and communication breakdowns between counselors, teachers, and other staff that cause kids to fall needlessly through the cracks; or the deflating comment to a young person about her college or career prospects.

Purchase book here.

Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School

Carla Shalaby

In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young “troublemakers,” challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children—Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus—Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.

Purchase book here.

Identity, Social Activism and the Pursuit of Higher Education

Susana Muñoz

School to Deportation Pipeline

Teaching Tolerance

This is Not a Drill

Teaching Tolerance


Can School Integration Make a Comeback?

The Atlantic Video Link - Can School Integration Make a Comeback?September 7, 2016

This is an informative video about status of segregation and its relationship to school choice.

View the video here.

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools

C-SPAN interview with author Dr. John Diamond