The ideas, research, and actions from across Harvard University aimed at making education a pathway to success for everyone.
How COVID taught America about inequality in education
Remote learning turned a spotlight on gaps in resources, funding, and tech—but also offered hints on reform.
Members of the Harvard community are taking a variety of approaches in the fight to make education more equitable.
From the experts
Why is an equitable education so important?
Harvard’s Ronald Ferguson, director of The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, says education may be the key to solving broader American inequality, but we have to solve educational inequality first.
“As educators, we are charged with creating engaged citizens who uphold our democratic and pluralistic ideals,” says the Ed School alum and Atlanta Public Schools Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer.
Better college access for Native people
Only about 14% of Native American people attend college, and many often don’t graduate. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, currently the CEO of First Light Education, has spent decades trying to lower the many barriers facing Native young people as they try to access higher education.
Here to learn
Shirley Vargas is harnessing the power of Nebraska’s state education agencies to create solutions that work for every student. “We have to make sure that what we’re doing is actually in the best interest of students,” said the School of Education alum.
Where we’re focused
These are just a few of the initiatives Harvard Schools have created to take on these important issues.
Areas for improvement
Turning the tide in educational inequity
Addressing inequalities in education through policy, research, and practice
Measuring implicit bias in schools
A leader's guide to talking about bias
Racial stratification and school segregation in the suburbs: the case of Los Angeles county
Improving the odds
A new book helps teachers and principals confront their own racism
Ibram X. Kendi discusses antiracism in education
What COVID taught us about teaching
The coronavirus crisis illuminated long-standing inequities in US education that experts are working to address.
Learn more today
“If we hope to make progress toward addressing longstanding educational inequities, we have to invest our time and resources in those areas where we believe we can have outsized impact … including continued access to low-cost and free courses,” Larry Bacow, President of Harvard University.
Explore the series
“Unequal” is a multipart series highlighting the work of Harvard faculty, staff, students, alumni, and researchers on issues of race and inequality across the United States.
- Upward Immobility
The ideas, research, and actions aimed at creating equitable opportunities for success and prosperity.
- Environmental Exposure
Finding solutions to climate change, pollution, and environmental contamination for all communities.
- Democratic Deficits
Exploring the inequality in our democratic institutions and representative elections.
- Criminal Injustice