Building a Culture of Equity

Equity Summit III: May 24, 2019

8:30 for breakfast; 9:00 to 2:30 for the program

School for International Training, Brattleboro

This is the third VPA-hosted, pop-up Equity Summit, part of a long-term VPA initiative to increase equity literacy, particularly among Vermont’s school leaders. $50 includes lunch. Students attend free (thank you VCF)

Register here

Wanted: Youth Table-Facilitators!

In exchange for facilitating a couple of exercises at your table during the course of the Equity Summit on May 24th at SIT you’ll receive $75.
Facilitation training (with pizza):

Monday, May 20, 6 – 8 pm
Brattleboro Savings & Loan

You can either say ‘yes’ to the question on the summit registration form or let Mikaela Simms know that you are interested. She can also answer questions if you have them.

Who should come to the 5/24 Summit?

Principals, Heads of School and CTE Directors, Assistant Principals, Curriculum and Special Education Directors, Superintendents, STUDENTS, Vermont legislators and other policy-makers, Vermont State Board of Education members, representatives from non-profit organizations that care about education, government agency and department heads involved in supporting young people, town and city officials.

“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”  Margaret Wheatley

Flow of the Day:

Welcome, tone-setting, the day’s overview and purpose;

Building understanding about EQUITY – language, concepts, assumptions;

Sharing stories and lessons learned;

Unpacking structural inequities;

Appreciations, next steps and closure.


As the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Dr. Dottie Morris is a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet. Her main foci are providing support and direction to the Executive, Academic, Student Affairs, Advancement and Finance and Planning divisions of the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.

For years, Dottie has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the capacity of counselor, teacher, academic advisor, and advisor of student groups. She has demonstrated a consistent and persistent dedication and devotion to diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and social justice over the past two decades. Prior to her position as Associate Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Equity at KSC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Learning at World Learning School for International Training Institute (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT, the Director of Student Affairs for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Antioch University New England in Keene and staff counselor at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and the Coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program.


Linda Wheatley is the Program and Development Director at the Vermont Principals’ Association. She has been the Associate Director for Health Programs at Peace Corps/Thailand, the Director of the Vermont Prevention Institute and Consultation Team for Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, and the Director of Leadership Programs at the Snelling Center for Government. Linda is a life-long and dedicated advocate for equity and social justice, and has been involved in a variety of efforts to increase happiness and wellbeing, locally and internationally.