• 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

    KIRK HOLBROOK
    Director, University of Pittsburgh Hill District Community Engagement Center

    LARRY E. DAVIS, PH.D.*
    School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

    MARK CONNER*
    Pittsburgh Public Schools Parent

    *former EAP Member

     

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