Racial Equity 2030 is a ten-year transformative public-private partnership lead by the University of Florida (UF) which links together our community’s anchor institutions, for-profit and non-profit organizations, community influencers and change-agents to radically transform opportunities for upward mobility and racial equity for families, individuals and children of color in our community.
A study was conducted in January of 2018 entitled “Understanding Racial Inequity in Alachua County” which highlighted substantial and pervasive disparities along racial and geographic lines in relation to educational attainment, health & wellness, contact with law enforcement, poverty, income and employment. This study was commissioned by seven of the key institutional stakeholders in our community to foster a greater understanding of inequities and disparities within our community. The study demonstrated through analysis of quantitative and qualitative data that, by and large, the greatest disparities are experienced by African-American residents who reside in the Eastern portion of the City of Gainesville. While the results of the analysis probably reflect similar trends that can be seen in other communities across the U.S., this study provided an in-depth analysis of how things look within our own specific context.
Our solution aims to overcome these obstacles by bridging institutional silos within organizations and forming long-term partnerships across stakeholder boundaries to leverage resources toward a common, sustained and unified objective that is guided by and led by the community, resulting in sustainable impact through collaboration, community engagement and community capacity building.
ETET is transformative public-private partnership that delivers holistic support to students, family and community to radically alter opportunities for upward mobility and racial equity.
UF Virtual Creative Arts Academy (UFVCAA) is a virtual arts-infusion program designed to provide creative making experiences for middle and high school students through an online platform.
Equity Through Education Together (ETET)
Grounded in the principle that learning, creativity and healthy living is at the core of vibrant, healthy and robust communities, ETET will serve as a community-engaged model of research, institutional partnership, and collaborative community development that will facilitate place-based multi-stakeholder partnerships which operate over the long-term and work to shift agency in the surrounding communities by engaging with the community directly in the development, design and delivery of community-based programs, services and interventions aimed at promoting processes of social change.
By linking together enhanced educational and enrichment opportunities, increasing access to health and wellness services, improving access to food and nutrition and by promoting artistic and cultural engagement, ETET will support the necessary community capacity building and empowerment that will radically shifting outcomes in learning, health, well-being, and social connectedness in our community.