Today, Chalkboard Project joined a broad coalition of over 20 community-based organizations and education advocates across Oregon to support a community-driven, equity-centered statewide policy roadmap for advancing racial justice through public education.
In the early days of the pandemic, a broad coalition of community-based organizations, education advocates, and business groups urged Governor Kate Brown and state leaders to reaffirm Oregon’s commitment to educational equity and “act with children as our north star.” This call to action couldn’t be more important as the Oregon Legislature prepares to rebalance the state budget.
We’re thrilled to welcome Whitney Swander to our team as Chalkboard Project’s Data and Research Manager.
Grounded in the belief that communities hold deep knowledge about the complex challenges they face, Whitney will guide our efforts to reimagine how Oregon’s data systems pinpoint pervasive disparities, and co-designs research with community partners to advance system change for children and families. She will join the Chalkboard team on July 31.
Chalkboard Project is delighted to welcome Briana Babbitt to our team. As Chalkboard’s Operations Associate, she supports our team and partners to work ambitiously and effectively toward a more equitable and just Oregon.
Briana joins Chalkboard Project with a passion for fostering shared responsibility for the well-being of Oregon’s children. Through her past work at All Hands Raised and Reading Results, she has immersed herself in collective efforts to ensure racial equity in education throughout Multnomah County.
“I’m always just a fighter, a born fighter. I like doing what is right.”
Today, Chalkboard Project joined a broad coalition of community-based organizations, education advocates, and business groups in a letter calling on Governor Kate Brown and state leaders to put children at the forefront when mapping Oregon’s road to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Anticipating state revenue shortfalls and a possible special legislative session, the coalition is urging state leadership to uphold their commitment to educational equity, and take steps to mitigate COVID-19’s disproportionate impact by directing resources to Oregon’s most vulnerable children.