The daughter of Seattle Public Schools educators (and a former Seattle Public Schools student herself), Alison Gazarek grew up observing the inequities inherent in the system which inspired her commitment to free and equal public education for all students. Alison now serves as a Partnership Managing Director at Equal Opportunity Schools. Read “11 Questions with Community Leadership Team” for expert advice on how to enhance equity in your school district.
Last year, through a $10M Google.org grant, the Kapor Center and Equal Opportunity Schools, alongside many other organizations, launched the Rising STEM Scholars initiative to place and support 3,000 students of color and low income students in Bay Area AP STEM and CS classrooms.
“Black+ and Latinx+ students who take advanced computer science (CS) in high school are 7–8 times more likely to major in CS in college.”
“…lower income schools are 4X less likely to offer CS learning opportunities.”
“In California, Black+, Latinx+, and American Indian/Alaska Native students make up 60% of the overall school population but only 15% of Advanced Placement CS A test-takers.”