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Student Empowerment and Equity Programs (SEEP)


DCPS works to define, understand and promote equity so that we can eliminate opportunity gaps and systematically interrupt institutional bias.

Student Empowerment and Equity Programs address this work by consistently creating a safe, affirming and empowering space for students of color to build community, confidence and leadership skills. Our goal is to provide tailored programming so that students of color are engaged, empowered, and equipped to be leaders and change agents who positively influence their community and the world. Our work takes place within our two major initiatives, Empowering Males of Color & Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders.


Empowering Males of ColorEMOC: Empowering Males of Color

programs support schools in developing effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement and engagement, and prepare our males of color for college, careers, and life beyond DCPS. The goal is to ensure that male students of color receive tailored, academic and personal supports in the form of mentoring, enrichment opportunities, social emotional learning (SEL), specialized experiences, and positive behavioral interventions.

The pillars of EMOC are:

  • Leading Men Fellowship: An opportunity for recent DCPS male graduates of color (ages 18-24) to serve as literacy tutors in early childhood classrooms and receive coaching and support in pursuit of a career in early childhood education.
  • Middle School Leadership Academy (MSLA): A Saturday leadership academy designed to engage middle grade students in habits of effective leadership, community accountability and academic enrichment which focuses on equipping them to tackle issues impacting males of color.
  • Male Educators of Color Collaborative (MEOCC): A source of fellowship and professional development for male teachers of color, a valuable yet underrepresented group of educators.
  • Innovation Funds: Provide resources and support to develop programs addressing the needs of Black and Latino male students and educators

Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders

Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders

Reign is a multi-pronged initiative for young women of color focusing on leadership, health and wellness, and identity. Reign programs work to close the achievement gap by providing programming to students and support to schools so that young women of color can thrive. Reign operates under three major pillars: Innovation Funds, Professional Learning Series and brace spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence and leadership.

The pillars of Reign are:

  • Creating spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills inside and outside of school, starting with We The Girls, a citywide conference for young women of color and continuing in January 2018 as a series of We The Girls: Saturday Workshops for young women of color in grades 6th through 10th.
  • Ensuring that schools are empowering places for young women of color by providing support to teachers and staff with a professional learning series on gender and racial equity and expanding the health and gender curriculum at DC Public Schools.
  • Reign Innovation Grants to improve academic and social outcomes for young women of color by focusing on academic development and social-emotional supports.