As educators, we witness the challenges our students face both in our schools and in our communities. We know how difficult it can be to serve every student in every class at the highest level. And we see the impacts of current racist practices and the legacy of our nation's long history of oppression and injustice. We've also witnessed students experience educational success and outcomes beyond what we could hope when we hold high expectations, engage our students through culturally responsive practices, and support their social and emotional development.
Equity.How believes that in order to address current inequities, educators need the skill sets and mindsets to address racism and classism directly. Just as educators learn to write lesson plans or best practices for assessing students, educators can develop their racial literacy, knowledge of best practices for serving diverse populations, and other skills needed to confront equity challenges. Through our services and sessions, we help education communities accomplish their goals with equity at the forefront. We provide a framework and tools based on current theory and best practices in equity work. We are building a shared vision for equity and a community of educators who are working to make that vision become a reality.
Equity.How believes that in order to address our nation’s educational debt to students of color, educators need the skill sets and mindsets to address race and class directly.
We believe that educational equity is a moral right for all students. We work to build justice through our work in our goals as well as our processes.
We believe in empathy as critical to our work. Empathy allows us to step into another person’s experience, fosters trust, and enables powerful bonds.
We believe in continuous learning. We are teachers and therefore learners. We believe that learning is a two-way street and constantly refine our work through what we learn from our partners. Finally, we work to synthesize current research and scholarship so that our partners can engage in continuous learning.
We believe in community. Our work is grounded in the creation of a community as we know that transformation comes through working within a community.
The work of change is challenging. Even the best of us lose sight of what we are working towards when we confront setbacks, indifference, and intransigence. We ground our work in hope that sustains us.
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
Karima Lynn Wilson
Karima’s commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in her life experiences. Growing up in a biracial household in Birmingham, Alabama shaped her view of the world. Living in the shadow of the Civil Rights Movement helped to create in Karima a drive to make a difference. As a youth, she began to work as a facilitator and trainer for cross-cultural dialogue with the Birmingham chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice.
After college, Karima began her career as a bilingual educator in Houston, Texas. She loved teaching and eventually joined KIPP Sharpstown College Prep, as the founding reading teacher. In 2009, she was honored with the Harriett Ball KIPP Excellence in Teaching Award. The following year, Karima stepped into school administration, acting as assistant principal and eventually becoming principal of KIPP Sharpstown College Prep. During her tenure as Principal, KIPP Sharpstown consistently earned recognition from the state of Texas for high levels of student achievement.
Throughout her tenure as an educator, Karima continued to build upon her skills as a facilitator and trainer in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has worked with various organizations to design and facilitate learning experiences for educators hoping to engage more deeply around this work. She had led the development of multiple cohorts of Miles Family Fellows within the KIPP School Leadership Program in engaging issues of equity as an important part of their leadership.
Karima graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology & Anthropology. She earned her Master's degree in the Specialized Studies program from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Karima loves to cook and play capoeira.