The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute is a new landmark program of Crossroads School, launched in September 2018.
Head of School Bob Riddle conceived of the Institute to provide more opportunities for students to develop as engaged citizens and to significantly bolster the School’s impact on the global community. Crossroads’ Board of Trustees approved the proposal in 2012 as part of the capital campaign Worlds Unimagined: The Campaign for Crossroads. The Equity & Justice Institute Launch Committee was instrumental in developing the goals and structure of the program.
The Institute’s mission is to find meaningful solutions to the challenges our students will inherit, including racism, sexism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution and genocide. Helmed by Founding Director Derric J. Johnson, the Equity & Justice Institute brings new opportunities for service and innovation to our students while developing and supporting meaningful community action with partner organizations.
A key feature of the Institute is the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series. The series brings noted scholars and activists to campus to help stimulate dialogue among students, educators and community leaders committed to tackling the problems of racism, poverty, war, genocide, educational inequities, environmental degradation, religious persecution and other forms of injustice. These events are free and open to the public. (Pictured: Historian and author Ibram X. Kendi.)
In the summer of 2021, the Equity & Justice Institute began a three-year commitment to host the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program. Serving nearly 50 students of color from the Pico neighborhood, the six-week program offers full days of instruction at Crossroads taught by student interns from Santa Monica College. The multicultural and researched-based curriculum promotes literacy, civic engagement and social action. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, including lead gifts from funding partner Pacific Western Bank and the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the program is free of charge.
The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute is financed entirely through an endowment made possible by generous donors. If you would like to make a gift to support the work of the Institute, please contact Director of Major Gifts Carly House at 310-582-4481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.