Equity Advisory Panel
On August 24, 1992, a complaint against the School District of Pittsburgh was filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) charging the District violated sections of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The District and the Advocates for African American Students, the group that filed the claim, reached a Conciliation Agreement in September 2006. This original agreement included 94-action steps that address how the District can reduce the achievement gap, provide instructional support, and create an environment of equity for its African-American students.
Per the 2006 agreement, representatives from PHRC, the Advocates for African American Students and the District selected members to sit on an Equity Advisory Panel (EAP).
Formed in October 2006, the Equity Advisory Panel is charged with monitoring, advising and reporting on the District’s progress. The Panel also recommends research-based strategies, methods, techniques and programs that support racial equity. The original Conciliation Agreement also required that the District provide administrative support to coordinate the Conciliation Agreement as well as oversee the monitoring and assessment of data.
Equity Advisory Panel Member Past and Present
MS. WANDA HENDERSON
Chair and Original Member of the Advocates for African-American Students
MS. TAMANIKA HOWZE
Original Member of the Advocates for African-American Students
DR. ANTHONY MITCHELL
Professor of African-American History, Penn State Greater Allegheny
MS. CELETA HICKMAN
Teaching Artist and Parent Organizer, Hill District Education Council
MS. MARIA SEARCY
Parent Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education
DR. JAMES STEWART
Professor Emeritus, Penn State University
Director, University of Pittsburgh Hill District Community Engagement Center
LARRY E. DAVIS, PH.D.*
School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Public Schools Parent
*former EAP Member