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Education EnCounter

Connecting, developing, and emboldening BIPOC leaders in education

Dismantling deep-rooted injustices.

Education EnCounter supports the development and sustainability of BIPOC leaders in education in partnership with district, university, non-profit, and community organizations. Through a series of workshops and convenings, we aim to help BIPOC leaders continually and effectively implement liberation into their practice.

The foundation of our programming is to disrupt, dismantle, and replace institutionalized oppressive and supremacist values and practices. We believe that all students, but especially BIPOC students, should be able to participate and learn in environments that are culturally representative and sustaining of who they are.

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Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, Christian Correa, and Rebeka Kim share personal experiences as education leaders of color to current and aspiring leaders in education. (TAF, 2018)

BIPOC educators and leaders carry an additional load due to racial inequities experienced across the education system. The Liberatory Leadership Series is designed to cultivate learning, healing, reflection, celebration, and community for BIPOC leaders, unlike most other professional development. EnCounters are a space to undo, replace, engage, and recognize oppressive and supremacist values and practices to strengthen our knowledge of self and the education system. In a system that was not designed for BIPOC students, let alone BIPOC educators and leaders, Education EnCounter has the potential to help create powerful counternarratives about who we are and who we want to become. 

Education EnCounter is a program designed to provide space for BIPOC educators to discuss challenges specific to our intersectional identities. Each year, we embark on an exciting year of workshops to strategically plan for the change we hope for and believe in. 

We’re emboldening our leaders to set boundaries and chart their course for impact.

Recognize, undo, replace, engage.

Education EnCounter uses Liberation Pedagogy to embolden our leaders of color. Our program is centered on “headwork”, “heartwork”, and rooted in community, which allows for leaders to chart their own path for growth and change. 

Want to learn more?

Click below for Education EnCounter’s program brochure.

Curated convenings for
BIPOC leaders.

Education EnCounter leaders benefit from learning and leading in a space designed for them. Our program provides leaders room to explore their own identities and challenge oppressive practices and systems to ultimately lead liberated.

Join us for our first cohort of the New Year. From January to March, Education EnCounter will host a workshop series aimed at supporting community and implementing liberation into practice. Workshops will include mindfulness, reflective protocols, a platform to share initiatives and achievements, and informal time to connect and collaborate with other BIPOC leaders.

Join our upcoming Liberatory Leadership Series beginning January 18th.
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In between workshops, Education EnCounter offers affinity salons for BIPOC leaders. Salons are an opportunity for BIPOC leaders to gather in community to share, reflect and process their lived and professional experiences, and discuss pertinent topics of the day as people of the global majority. Affinity Salons are spaces of resistance that offers community building and potential networking.

Dates: (2nd Thursday every other month, 4-5pm)

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024

Sign up here to join BIPOC Affinity Salons

All participants will have access to our online library of resources that will include tools and readings for implementing Liberation Pedagogy as well as testimonials from past participants.

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