Discriminology Wins Echoing Green - Black Male Achievement Funding Award
NEW YORK – June 14, 2017
Discriminology, a nonprofit that uses data to measure and address the root causes of educational inequity in the United States, won a coveted award last week – and a significant funding boost – in an initiative whose winners were announced on June 7, 2017 at the Cipriani Club on Wall Street.
An Echoing Green Fellowship Award is a highly competitive annual competition that recognizes social entrepreneurs from around the world and provides them with unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support. Having reviewed close to 3,000 applications from 164 countries with a selection process that involves more than 400 expert evaluators over the course of six months - Echoing Green is among the most selective fellowships for social entrepreneurs in the country with a selection rate of less than two percent.
Every year, Echoing Green provides funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows. The organization embraces “smart risks” by providing seed funding of up to $90,000 for two years to support the continued growth of leaders and organizations with tremendous potential. DeMar Pitman from Discriminology is one of 36 from around the world who will be joining an elite group of transformational leaders in the social good sector. This year alone, Echoing Green Fellows will receive unrestricted seed-stage funding totaling more than $4.6 million.
"I am thrilled to be honored with such a distinguished award," said Discriminology's founder DeMar Pitman. "This is a first and important step that will greatly accelerate our efforts to better understand and correct the current structural barriers that directly and indirectly deny groups of students a high-quality education.”
Discriminology’s pioneering data platform houses the first ever educational equity index. A simple, easy to grasp composite score that evaluates school districts based on various factors like school discipline, special education and student engagement. The platform is searchable, interactive and allows for district-to-district comparison within and across states. It is designed for any user—from educational leaders to families interested in how their school or district is performing—and, in this way, offers up a universal language that all stakeholders can use.
“For the past 30 years Echoing Green has identified leaders with bold ideas that are important to the progress of the world,” says Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey. “In this year -- Echoing Green’s 30th anniversary -- we’re especially proud to continue to grow our community and welcome such a diverse group of innovators to our best-in-class network. We look forward to advancing their leadership journey.”
Discriminology uses a data-driven approach to create excellence through equity in our public education system. Families can easily use Discriminology’s innovative web-based platform to compare the relative quality of local educational agencies (LEAs) within and across states. Based on widely accepted indicators of educational equity, Discriminology's comprehensive school district ratings and scorecards offer up a common language for identifying quantifiable areas of growth. Giving schools a clearer picture of the causes and symptoms of equity problems and parents a platform to organize and mandate change, Discriminology ignites actionable dialogues between families and schools. Ultimately, Discriminology strives to build community consensus around positive, tangible steps towards a racially equitable Public Education System. To learn more, visit Discriminology.org
About Echoing Green
Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact.
Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting visionaries around the world who are transforming economies, racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, and more. Echoing Green’s unparalleled community of talent consists of 760+ innovators who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, Public Allies, and more. The organization provides seed-funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows every year and welcomes them into its lifelong community of leaders.
Echoing Green accelerates talent that will change the world for the better. To learn more, visit EchoingGreen.org.