we believe equity is the cultivation of belonging.
THE MORAL TASK AT THE CENTER OF OUR WORK IS TO RALLY THE CITY AROUND EQUITY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN.
Our mission is to incubate the people, ideas, and conversations needed for equity-driven innovation in DC’s public schools. Specifically, we identify and develop a robust cohort of leaders, entrepreneurs, and school designers, deploying particular efforts to recruiting leaders of color. We incubate and invest in the best of their ideas and together, bring to market the next generation of transformational public schooling.
At CityBridge, we believe equity is the cultivation of belonging.
Belonging is being able to participate in the design of political, social, and cultural structures and having the right to contribute and make demands upon society and institutions.
Ultimately, belonging should provide every person the opportunity to define and pursue their destiny. To work toward a more equitable future, we must address the ideas, policies, and structures that disenfranchise and disempower people based on their identity. Given the long history of racism in school systems, we center race in our work.
The public education system was designed primarily for the benefit of white, middle-class children and demanded that all other cultures either segregate or assimilate. Our work begins with the understanding that many marginalized students and educators, particularly those of color, have been and continue to be excluded from the design of educational systems. But that past cannot be our future.
To help create that equitable future, CityBridge partners with stakeholders across the city to incubate liberatory schools and other educational ventures—programs that deliver on the talent and potential inherent in all children.
We pursue this goal in two domains:
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Incubating, launching, and transforming school models/projects and ventures that will deliver on the talent and potential inherent in children, especially those disinherited by poverty or race.
Galvanizing local leaders to advocate, consistently and across time, for educational equity and excellence.